Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art is proud to announce that artist Rana Hamadeh (Beirut/Lebanon, 1983) received the Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2017, the oldest and most generous award in the Netherlands for visual artists under the age of 40, from the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Ingrid van Engelshoven. Hamadeh received this award for a new act as part of her opera project The Ten Murders of Josephine. The work of the shortlisted candidates for the Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2017 that were selected earlier this year; Melanie Bonajo, Rana Hamadeh, Saskia Noor van Imhoff and Katarina Zdjelar (board member at Witte de With), is presented at Kunsthal Rotterdam.

The Ten Murders of Josephine, an Opera project structured through several evolving iterations, is on view until 31 December at Witte de With. Conceived as both the spatial realization of Hamadeh’s libretto, and the ‘factory’ and ‘assembly line’ for the Opera, the exhibition can be approached as a breathing, morphing sonic encampment at Witte de With.