Kevork Mourad

B. 1970

 

Visual artist Kevork Mourad employs his technique of live drawing and animation in concert with musicians – developing a collaboration in which art and music harmonise with one another.

 

A painter and video artist, Mourad has performed his animated and live visuals internationally. A member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, he was featured in the documentary The Music of Strangers. His animated short lm, Four Arts for Syria, was funded by the Robert Bosch Stiftung Prize and premiered in the Stuttgart Animation Festival. He has performed at the Brooklyn Museum, Nara Museum in Japan, Art Institute of Chicago, American Museum of Natural History, Lincoln Center Atrium, Rhode Island School of Design, Harvard University, Rubin Museum, Tanglewood, Dutch Royal Palace for the Prince Claus Foundation, ElbPhilharmonie, and Walt Disney Concert Hall, in a commission of Handel’s Israel in Egypt by the LA Master Chorale, which was later performed by Master Voices in Carnegie Hall. In 2018 he was commissioned to create a full-length performance to accompany the Armenia! Exhibit by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2019 he was in residence at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto in a project entitled The Museum as Studio.

 

Mourad grew up and studied in the city of Aleppo before moving to Armenia in 1992 where obtained his Masters of Fine Arts at the Yerevan Institute of Fine Arts. In 2001 he moved to the United States where he established his practice in New York City. 

 

EDUCATION

1992, MFA, Yerevan Institute of Fine Art

Mourad has been a resident teaching artist at Brandeis University, Harvard University, and Holy Cross (Worcester).

 

FILM

2019,  Premiered his animated film, 4 Acts for Syria, at the Stuttgart Animation Festival

2016,  Music of Strangers

 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2019, Between Floating Worlds, Tabari Artspace, Dubai, UAE
 
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2020, Seeing Through Babel, Asia Society Triennial, New York
2019, Latitude,  Yerevan, Armenia, alongside Imran Qureshi, Roberto Pugliese, and Walid Siti
 
COLLABORATIONS
2020, visuals for Beethoven’s Fidelio for the Korea National Opera
 
COMISSIONS
2019, Seeing Through Babel,  London’s Ismaili Center, Aga Khan Foundation, site-specific 20-foot drawing-sculpture
2018, full-length performance to accompany the Armenia! Exhibit, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
 

 COLLECTIONS

 Permanent collection of the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris

 

AWARDS

2016, recipient of the Robert Bosch Stiftung Film Prize

 

SELECTED PRESS

2020, ArtNet, The Asia Society Triennial Has a Lot of the Same Problems Most Biennials Do. But It Also Crystallizes a New Trend in Art. "We Do Not Dream Alone" gives a glimpse of "delegated handicraft" as a biennial style.

2020, Tatler, The Asia Society Triennial, Led by Singaporean Curator Tan Boon Hui, Unfolds Across New York City

2018, Los Angeles Times, Review: Israel and Egypt, then and now, as filtered through Handel and the Master Chorale