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Timeframe: How Ishara Art Foundation built a dedicated platform for South Asian artists

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Source: Art & Design

The opening of Ishara Art Foundation at Alserkal Avenue in March 2019 was a significant stride for local representation of contemporary South Asian artists. While there were other spaces that presented works by artists from that region and its diaspora, there wasn’t a dedicated institution that incorporated a South Asian focus into its core mission.

“I felt there was a lack of space that focused on these nations,” says Smita Prabhakar, the foundation’s founder. It was surprising, given that India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have had a long-standing relationship with the Gulf, going back to when fishing and pearl diving were the pillars of the regional economy.

Read more: https://www.thenationalnews.com/arts-culture/art-design/2024/03/08/ishara-art-foundation/

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Artist Sable Elyse Smith wins $200,000 Suzanne Deal Booth and Flag Art Foundation Prize

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Source: The Art Newspaper

Sable Elyse Smith—an interdisciplinary artist whose works in sculpture, video, painting, neon and more critique how power manifests in the US’s prison-industrial complex, education system and elsewhere—has won the latest iteration of the biannual Suzanne Deal Booth and Flag Art Foundation Prize.

The prize, administered by the titular New York-based foundation and The Contemporary Austin art space in the Texan capital, comes with $200,000, a solo exhibition to be presented at both venues, an accompanying publication and public programming. Smith’s resulting exhibition will open at The Contemporary Austin in 2026 before travelling to the Flag Art Foundation’s space in New York’s Chelsea gallery district.

Read more: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2024/05/21/sable-elyse-smith-wins-suzanne-deal-booth-and-flag-art-foundation-prize

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