Omar Berrada, Curator, Abraaj Group Art Prize 2017
Omar Berrada is a writer, translator and curator, and the director of Dar al-Ma’mûn, a library and artists residency in Marrakech.
Previously, he curated public programs at the Centre Pompidou, hosted shows on French national radio, convened the Tangier International Book Salon, and co-directed Dubai’s Global Art Forum. He is editor, with Erik Bullot, of Expanded Translation – A Treason Treatise, a book of verbal and visual betrayals; and, with Yto Barrada, of Album – Cinémathèque de Tanger, a multilingual volume about film in Tangier and Tangier on film.
His translations include books by Jalal Toufic, Stanley Cavell and Joan Retallack. In 2016 he edited The Africans, a book on migration and racial politics in Morocco, and curated several exhibitions including ‘Memory Games’, a group show as part of the Marrakech biennale; ‘Black Hands’, a solo show of M’barek Bouhchichi’s work at Kulte Gallery in Rabat; and ‘I want to possess in this world That which brings joy to the eyes’, a presentation of Ahmed Bouanani’s films and archive at Witte de With in Rotterdam.
He currently lives in New York and is a visiting scholar at NYU.