Murtaza Vali, Curator, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2013

Murtaza Vali is a freelance critic and curator.

A Visiting Instructor at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, he received an MA in Art History and Archaeology from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts (2004). A recipient of a 2011 Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing, he is a Contributing Editor for Ibraaz.org and ArtAsiaPacific and was Co-Editor of the 2007 and 2008 ArtAsiaPacific Almanac issue. He has also written for Artforum.com, ArtReview, Art India, Bidoun, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia Art, Modern Painters and NuktaArt and has penned monographic essays on Siah Armajani, Shilpa Gupta, Emily Jacir, Reena Saini Kallat, Laleh Khorramian and Naeem Mohaiemen. His curatorial projects include ‘Accented’, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn (2010); ‘Brute Ornament’, Green Art Gallery, Dubai (2012). He edited Manual for Treason, a multilingual publication commissioned by Sharjah Biennial X, Sharjah (2011).

He is a frequent public speaker and has spoken at: Cornell University, the Yale School of Art, Art Dubai’s Global Art Forum and The Summit: Art and Patronage, London (2012) and served on the Selection Jury for the 2010 Sharjah Art Foundation Production Programme Grants. He lives and works between Sharjah and Brooklyn.

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