EGYPTIAN art critic Bassam El Baroni has been appointed curator of eva International in 2014.
A curator and critic from Alexandria, Egypt, Baroni will take up the reins for the exhibition of visual art, currently running on a two-year basis and returning for a 36th edition in 2014.
Baroni, who co-founded the non-profit art space Alexandria Contemporary Arts Forum and was its director until December, is currently a PhD researcher in Goldsmiths in London and said he was “very impressed” with what eva had achieved in its new form as a biennial exhibition.
“I hope to continue building its reputation as an engaging contemporary art project of international significance and local resonance,” he said. “I also look forward to working with many interesting artists from around the world, across Ireland and of course connecting with the city and county of Limerick.”
The visual art exhibition returned last year after a two year layoff under the curatorship of Annie Fletcher, running in various venues around the city. The eva committee were forced into a restructuring by the Arts Council - who fund it - so that it would run on a biennial basis.
A new board was appointed, with a full time director the shape of Belfast-born artist Woodrow Kernohan. The festival was recently awarded €180,000 in Arts Council funding.
Mr Kernohan said he was “delighted” with the appointment and was “looking forward to developing the project” with the new curator.
Hugh Murray, eva chairman, also welcomed the appointment.
“Already well regarded for its vibrant arts activity, Limerick will be Ireland’s first national City of Culture in 2014, with an impressive programme of events that will include the 36th eva International,” he said.
“We are very pleased to have Bassam El Baroni as curator in such an important year for both the city and eva International.
An open call for proposals for eva will go out in May.