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Hoor Al Qasimi Named Artistic Director of Aichi Triennale

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Hoor Al Qasimi. Photography © Sebastian Böettcher

Hoor Al Qasimi has been appointed as the artistic director of the upcoming Aichi Triennale 2025 in Nagoya, Japan – the first Middle Eastern to take up the role.

Al Qasimi was selected for the position by Obayashi Takeo, chairperson of the Aichi Triennale Organizing Committee and chairperson of the Board at Obayashi Corporation. She was chosen from a group of finalists nominated by the Aichi Advisory Board, encompassing Aoyagi Masanori, chairman of the Board of Trustees, Tama Art University; Tatehata Akira, university president, Tama Art University; Terauchi Yoko, contemporary artist; Ueyama Shinichi, professor, Faculty of Policy Studies, Keio University; and Yamanashi Toshio, director, Administrative Agency for Osaka City Museums.

Currently the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation, Al Qasimi is also the president of the International Biennial Association, president of The Africa Institute and president and director of the Sharjah Architecture Triennial. Recently, she served as the curator of Sharjah Biennial 15. Previously, she was a board member for MoMA PS1, New York, and the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing.

“I have had a long history with Japan, its language, culture, artists and curators and am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside many more professionals to learn more about Aichi and to work closely with local artists and communities to produce what I hope would be a meaningful exhibition and project,” said Al Qasimi.