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Jack Persekian, founding director of al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art in Jerusalem, was awarded the Palestine Order of Merit for Culture, Sciences and Arts by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas on August 24. The award recognizes Persekian’s contributions to the development of Palestinian arts and culture.

Korean artist duo Mixrice (Yang Chul-mo and Cho Ji-eun) was revealed as the winner of the 2016 Korea Art Prize on October 13. Other finalists included Kim Eull, Back Seung-woo, Ham Kyungah.

On September 2, Auckland artist Sorawit Songsataya took home New Zealand’s National Contemporary Art Award for Good Kisser

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