The Sharjah Art Foundation has named Christine Tohmé curator of Sharjah Biennial 13, which opens in March 2017.
In 1993, Tohmé founded the contemporary art nonprofit Ashkal Alwan, the Lebanese Association for Plastic Arts, which supports the development, creation, and dissemination of projects by artists based in Lebanon. She was the recipient of the Prince Claus Award in 2006 for her support of local art production and criticism, in addition to the 2015 CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. Tohmé serves on the board of Beirut-based sexual health center Marsa, as well as on that of Istanbul’s contemporary art association, SAHA.
In a statement, the Beirut-based curator said,
“The Sharjah Art Foundation has become a strong and thoughtful voice in a conversation about contemporary art that is taking place not only across the region but internationally as well. The projects the foundation has produced since its inception are now important points of reference in a dialogue among artists and peers all over the world. I am excited to be part of this history, and I look forward to expanding the conversation in 2017.”