Abdellah Karroum, curator, researcher and initiator of several independent artistic and curatorial projects, has assumed his new role as Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha, Qatar, in June 2013.
He will provide curatorial and managerial leadership and supervise the museum’s daily operations. He will also oversee the planning and activities of the museum including Collections Conservation, Education and Public Programs, Research and Library, and Communications and Publishing. Mathaf’s program of exhibitions and events explores and celebrates art by Arab artists and offers an Arab perspective on international modern and contemporary art.
"I am excited to work with the Mathaf team," commented Abdellah Karroum. "My ambition is to make Mathaf a place of learning for our team and the public. My plan for Mathaf includes international standards for conservation and exhibitions, scholarly research and publications, and the creation of a new strategic department led by Michelle Dezember, continuing the Museum's international program and special projects.”
Born in Morocco in 1970, Abdellah Karroum has more than 20 years of experience in the art sector organizing and curating numerous international exhibitions and programs for various institutions in different countries. Most recently, he was Associate Curator of the 2012 Triennale at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris and Curator of the 2012 Benin Biennial. In 2012, he was appointed Artistic Director of the Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco’s International Prize for Contemporary Art.
Between 1993 and 1996, Karroum served as the Assistant Curator at the CAPC Museum of Contemporary art in Bordeaux, France. He has been Associate Curator for various international art biennials, including Dakar 2006, Gwangju 2008, and Associate Director of the Marrakech Biennial in 2007 as well as the Artistic Director ot the Marrakech Biennial in 2009. His most iconic project is L’appartement 22, an independent art space. This unique art space in Rabat, Morocco, was created in 2002 and is still used today for exhibitions and an "artists in residence” programme. He also launched R22 radio in 2007, an experimental online radio and a platform for hosting projects.
In 2000, Karroum initiated Le Bout du Monde art expeditions with artists and researchers in several continents. He was also the creator of Curatorial Delegation, a methodology for collective artistic projects. He founded the research laboratory Art, Technologie et Ecologie at ESAV (Film School in Marrakech) and other art places in Morocco and remains its director.
Curatorial projects and texts by Abdellah Karroum,
featured in Nafas and Universes in Universe:
Biennale Bénin 2012
Inventing the World: The Artist as Citizen. 8 November 2012 - 13 January 2013. Artistic director: Abdellah Karroum. Bénin Biennale Special of UiU.
The exhibition and event program marks the 10th anniversary of L'appartement 22 in Rabat, Morocco. By Haupt & Binder. Nafas, Nov. 2012
Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation's Art Prize
About the International Contemporary Art Prize 2012-13, and call. Artistic Director: Abdellah Karroum. UiU Magazine
54th Venice Biennale, 2011: Working for Change
Project for the Moroccan Pavilion. A group of participants from different countries. Curator: Abdellah Karroum. Spazio Punch - Ex Birrerie, Giudecca, and different places in Morocco. Venice Biennale Special of UiU.
Karim Rafi, for an art in ellipsis...
In the works of the Morrocan artist, noise takes on a meaning that is both artistic and political. Karim Rafi participates in "Working for Change - Project for the Moroccan Pavilion", Venice Biennale 2011. Text by Abdellah Karroum. Nafas, July 2011
Sentences on the banks and other activities
13 Nov. 2010 - 28 Febr. 2011, exhibition project at Darat al Funun and other locations in Amman, Jordan, curated by Abdellah Karroum. Curatorial text and photo tour. Nafas, Dec. 2010
Yto Barrada: A Modest Proposal
15 Jan. - 5 March 2010, L'appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco. Text by Abdellah Karroum, who curated the exhibition. Nafas, Feb. 2010
3rd Arts in Marrakech Biennale
19 Nov. 2009 - 20 Jan. 2010, Morocco. Curator of visual arts: Abdellah Karroum. Review by Zineb El Rhazoui and photo tour. Nafas, Dec. 2009
RADIOapartment22 live from Gwangju
Initiated by Abdellah Karroum, RADIOapartment22 transmits live from the Gwangju Biennale, Korea, 1 - 9 Sept. 2008. Nafas News, May 2008
Adel Abdessemed: God is design
Exhibition at L'appartement 22, Rabat, Morocco, 8 Aug. - 20 Oct. 2006. Text by Abdellah Karroum, who curated the exhibition. Nafas, Jan. 2007
The Issues and Networks of Creation during the Post-Contemporary Era
The symposium, proposed by Abdellah Karroum took place from 25 - 27 October in Rabat and from 29 - 30 October 2007 in Marrakech. Nafas News, July 2007
Younès Rahmoun: Wahid
Performance and video by the Moroccan artist in the context of his development and current work. Article by Abdellah Karroum. Nafas, Jan. 2006
Independent space for art and encounters in Rabat, Morocco. Interview with Abdellah Karroum, the founder and director. By Pat Binder & Gerhard Haupt. Nafas, Nov. 2005.
In June 2013, the curator from Morocco has assumed his new role as Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar.