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.
* 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.