Abdellah Karroum (born 1970, Morocco) is the Director of Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha (Qatar) since 2013. Karroum is the founder and artistic director of several art projects: ‘L’appartement 22’(site), an experimental space for encounters, exhibitions and artists’ residencies founded in 2002 in Rabat, Morocco; the ‘Le Bout Du Monde’ art expeditions to different locations undertaken since 2000 together with artists and curators; and the ‘éditions hors’champs’ art publications that have been published since 1999 and Radioapartment22, an experimental online radio (site). He was Assistant Curator at the capcMusée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux (1993-1996) where he curated numerous exhibitions: Pensées bleues (1993) ; Jean-Paul Thibeau (1995) ; Urgences (1996). Karroum was Associate Curators for the 2006 DAK’ART Biennial for African Contemporary Art, co-curator for the "Position Papers" program in the Gwangju Bienniale 2008 and the Curator of the 3rd AiM International Biennale’s exhibition 2009 in Marrakech. He initiated the laboratory "Art, Technology and Ecology" at ESAV-Marrakech (Film School), which have been running monthly since March 2010. In 2010 he curated the exhibition project "Sentences on the Banks and other activities" for Darat Al-Funun in Amman. In 2007, Karroum served as a Member of the Golden Lion Jury in the Biennale of Venice. He is also Member of the Prince Pierre Monaco Foundation’s Artistic Council for its International Prize of Contemporary Art. And he is member of the acquisitions comity of the FRAC PACA collection in Marseille. Graduated from Bordeaux III Michel de Montaigne University. His research is funded in part by the Prince Claus Fund (Amsterdam,) the Clark Art Institute (Williamstown, MA), and MoMA (NYC). He is the curator of "Working for Change" proposal for a Moroccan Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011. Karroum is Associate Curator of "Intense Proximity" for La Triennale of Paris 2012 and Artistic Director of the Biennale Benin 2012. He curated the multi stages project “Sous nos yeux” at La Kunsthalle de Mulhouse in 2013 and at MACBA-Barcelona in 2014.
Les Pensees bleues, capcMusee, 1993.
Urgence, capcMusée, Bordeaux, 1996
JF_JH Individualités, apt 22, Rabat, 2002.
JF_JH Libertés, L’appartement 22, 2012.
Sentences on the Banks and Other Activities", Darat Al-Funun, Amman, 2010.
Inventer le monde: l’artiste citoyen, Centre Kora, Cotonou, Biennale Bénin 2012.
Sous nos yeux (partie 1), La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, 2013.
Sous nos yeux (partie 3), MACBA, Barcelona, 2014.
"Entendus, sous-entednus, malentendus", Dakar 2006
"Expedition 7: Relative Homelands", Position Papers program, Gwangju Biennale 2008.
"A Proposal for Articulating Works and Places", Marrakech 2009
Curatorial Delegation: Radio For Example, MDE11, Medellin, 2011
"Working for Change", Venice 2011
"Intense Proximity", La Triennale of Paris, 2012 (under the Artistic direction of Okwui Enwezor, and the co-curators Mélanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Emilie Renard and Claire Staebler).
"Inventing the World: The Artist as Citizen", Biennale Bénin 2012 (together with the Curatorial Delegation: Didier Houénoudé, Anne Szefer Karlsen, Olivier Marboeuf and Claire Tancons).
Curatorial Grants, Residencies, Juries:
CIMAM Travel Grant
Jury member for the 2007 Golden Lion, Venice Biennale
The Clark Art Institut, Williamstown
Doual’art, Douala, Cameroun
Acquisitions Committee for FRAC PACA, Marseille
Hordaland Art Center, Bergen