Kooshk Award

Kooshk Artist Residency Award (KARA 2016)

The second round of Kooshk Artist Residency Award (KARA2016) happened during May 2016 with presence of three* artists from different countries. Sujin Lim from South Korea, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos from Greece and Asaki Kan from Japan were the artists selected from between 337 applications received from 97 different countries. The selection was done by 5 respected international members of the jury, consisting of Aaron Cezar – Creative Producer and Director of Delfina Foundation, Michket Krifa – Independent Curator and Art critic of African and Middle Eastern Photography, Naiza Khan – Artist, Researcher and Founding Trustee of Vasl Artists’ Collective, Pakistan, Susan Hapgood – Curator, Executive Director at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Senior Advisor to ICI, and Founder and Director of the Mumbai Art Room and Tooraj Khamenehzadeh – Artist, Curator and Program Manager of Kooshk Residency and Co-Founder and a Member of the Board of Directors of Rybon Art Center.

In a session held in Rybon Art Center, awarded artists presented themselves to the local audience in the first days of their stay and had their time to discover the city and visit the museums, cultural and historical places of Tehran.

On May, 27th and at the end of their stay, they put their works on display in an open studio held in Baam Project, consisting of 2 video works by Sujin Lim, an installation by Asaki Kan and an installation by Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos.

Here you can find a review on this program featured in Harper’s Bazaar.



* Adriana Salazar from Colombia and Zoya Siddiqui from Pakistan were also selected to be part of this program, but unfortunately could not join due to the visa issues.


Kooshk Residency

Kooshk residency is a non-political cultural and artistic space in Tehran. Kooshk, with sponsorship of private section tries to provide a convenient space for artists, curators, researchers, writers and filmmakers to encourage inter-cultural dialogues and art creation.


Award Goals

The Kooshk Artist Residency Award has been implemented to support artists, creativity and the development of new ideas in the unique space of Tehran. This Residency program is a chance for attendants to do research and experiment, develop professionally maintain direct dialogues and the exchange of ideas in order to grow and nurture their creativity, and try new methods of working and thinking. The Residency will be an annual event lasting one month and will be offered to four selected artists working in any field of art.

During the residency, Kooshk will provide a dynamic and distinctive situation for international artists to work and exchange ideas with local artists, critics and researchers. The program emphasizes a balance between working in a personal space and working in collaboration with other artists and interacting with viewers and the environment. In line with its goals, Kooshk will make any effort to have a contribution in the growth of cultural and social views, by gathering local, national and international artists with a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines in the cultural and artistic space of Tehran and by creating the possibility for exchanging ideas.