BMW Group France announces the first winning duo of BMW ART MAKERS, its new sponsorship program in the field of visual arts and contemporary image.

Paris. Artist Arash Hanaei and curator Morad Montazami have been named winners of the BMW ART MAKERS program. Following a call for applications, a shortlist was drawn up by the members of the jury and the BMW ART MAKERS team, after which ten artist-curator duos were interviewed by videoconference.

The jury unanimously selected the artist-curator duo Arash Hanaei and Morad Montazami who seduced them with their project entitled “Post-urban haunt”. The dialogue maintained by the two candidates demonstrated their synergy and the importance of the commissioner’s contribution through his ability to take a step back from the chosen subject. The jury was impressed by the first series presented in the app, which shows the decision to create an installation that combines various visual systems and a masterful dive into a futuristic universe.

“Post-Urban Hantology” is a project that invites us to rethink our relationship to the utopian architecture of the 1960s and 1970s and to the urban ecosystem of the suburbs that host them. This work is composed of fixed and animated synthetic images, evoking the digital culture traversed by architectural ghosts. Their socio-political ideal remains in a dream state, but endures through their physical substance. The focus is on two parallel worlds: the suburbs around the city and the virtual world created by big data.

“As winners of the 2022 BMW ART MAKERS program, we are honored by the trust placed in us to succeed in creating an innovative installation that offers poetry and a visual policy that considers the emancipation of the viewer, in the era image capture, big data and algorithmic warfare Arash Hanaei and Morad Montazami

The BMW ART MAKERS program will allow them to realize this project.

Two heads are better than one. This partnership relies on the strength of a strong, like-minded duo to generate the trust and competitive spirit necessary to bring a major project to fruition, from initial idea to final work. Alongside the artist, the curator assumes the roles of artistic director, scenographer and designer and ensures that the project is carried out within artistic standards, on time and on budget.

“The man-machine relationship, creativity, innovation, support and commitment are all key values ​​of the BMW Group. In these unpredictable times, this new art patronage program speaks for itself: this artist-curator duo sparks an emotional conversation with our society and offers another look through experimentation. We can’t wait to see what Arash Hanaei and Morad Montazami have created in relation to the post-urban and post-internet world”, Maryse Bataillard, Head of Corporate Communication and CSR, BMW Group France.

The shortlist and trends selected by the BMW ART MAKERS jury.
The jury, made up of Florence Bourgeois, Director of Paris Photo, Hervé Digne, President of Manifesto, Chantal Nedjib, Founder of L’image par l’image, and Christoph Wiesner, Director of the Rencontres d’Arles, was supported in the selection of the first BMW ART MAKERS program by renowned personalities from the visual arts: Léa Bismuth, curator and art critic, Jérôme Poggi, Galérie Jérôme Poggi, Nathalie Mamane Cohen, Vice-President of the Friends of the Center Pompidou, and Maryse Bataillard , Corporate Communication and CSR Manager, BMW Group France

In this new program, the members of the jury will also act as mentors and will follow the evolution of the project throughout its creative process.

The ten shortlisted duos were selected from 125 applicants who submitted a proposal including a statement of intent, budget and production schedule, set design and images of their previous works. These 125 applications demonstrated a wide range of profiles and work. 43% of candidate pairs were mixed, 35% were all-female and 22% all-male. 47% were French and 53% international, from more than thirty countries around the world.

The major trends that emerge reflect social issues. Many projects have taken into account the environment and in particular trees and water. Society has been the subject of proposals on post-colonialism, feminism, disease and its resilience. Technology was also a common theme, with a particular focus on artificial intelligence.

Biographies of winners

Arash Hanai is an artist who lives and works in Paris. After growing up and studying in Tehran, he developed a practice combining several techniques and mediums. His series of “digital drawings” entitled Capital (2009-2016) is a critical map of the city of Tehran after the Iran-Iraq war. His work has gradually shifted from documentary practices to cross-media speculation and post-internet strategies. With the series Cyclothymia of a Land, Hanaei provokes more dialectical thinking between urban landscapes and digital landscapes, intensifying his art of the visual palimpsest (modernist architecture, stories of war or attacks, video games, etc.). In recent years, his work has been the subject of personal exhibitions: Poush Manifesto (Paris), Yassi Foundation (Tehran), Goethe Institute (New York), etc. He has also contributed to group exhibitions: Paris Museum of Modern Art (Paris), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Potsdam Art Space (Potsdam), MAXXI (Rome), etc. His works are presented in several international collections: LACMA Museum (Los Angeles), National Center for Plastic Arts (France), Paris Museum of Modern Art (Paris), Peters-Messer (Berlin), Salsali Museum (Dubai), etc.

Morad Montazami is an art historian, editor and curator who lives and works in Paris. After a stint at the Tate Modem in London from 2014 to 2019 as a curator specializing in the “Middle East and North Africa”, he developed the editorial and curating platform Zamân Books & Curating which studies and promotes Arab and African modernities. and Asians. He has also written numerous essays on artists such as Zineb Sedira, Walid Raad, Latif Al Ani, Faouzi Laatiris, Michael Rakowitz and Mehdi Moutashar, and has been behind exhibitions such as Bagdad Mon Amour, Institut des Cultures of Islam, Paris, 2018; New Waves: Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School, The Mosaic Rooms, London/MACCAL, Marrakech/Alserkal Arts Foundation, Dubai, 2019-2020; Douglas Abdell: Reconstructed Traphouse, Cromwell Space, London, 2021; Monaco-Alexandria. The Grand Detour. Capitals of the world and cosmopolitan surrealism, New National Museum of Monaco, 2021-2022.

Preselection of the jury for the BMW ART MAKERS 2022 program.

  • Florian Viel (artist) and Léo Marin (curator)
    with the project

    The inaccessible adventures of a history of the planet
  • Anna Moreno (artist) and Andréa Rodriguez Novoa (curator)
    with the project

    Strobe surface
  • Pauline Rousseau (artist) and Margaux Bonopera (curator)
    with the project

    Homonyma, but who is really Pauline Rousseau?
  • Nelson Bourrée Carter (artist) and Lucas Morin (curator) with the project

    Cathedral Canyon
  • Samuel Fasse (artist) and Jade Barget (curator) with the project

    But the flesh is weak
  • Jennifer Douzenel (artist) and Anaël Pigeât (curator) with the project

  • Boutheyna Bouslama (artist) and Joerg Bader (curator) with the project

    The promise
  • Anna Tihanyi (artist) and Judit Geller (curator) with the project

    A woman’s room
  • Claire Adelfang (artist) and Béatrice Andrieux (curator) with the project

    Botanical monument
  • Arash Hanaei (artist) and Morad Montazami (curator) with the project

    Post-Urban Hauntology

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Maryse Bataillard, BMW Group France
Corporate Communication and CSR Manager
Telephone: +33 (0)1 30 03 19 41

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