Collectible Opera – Rana Hamadeh


Rana Hamadeh is a Libanese artist based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands who has been working on a consistent international career for over a decade. In 2017 she won the Prix de Rome Visual Arts, the oldest and most generous award in the Netherlands for visual artists under the age of 40. Hamadeh received this award for a new act as part of her opera project The Ten Murders of Josephine, which was shown as an exhibition at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art from September until December 2017.

While preparing for the project, Rana Hamadeh approached In4Art in early 2017 to start a co-production on the realization of the exhibition and how this project could become a turning point in her career. She believed this project could include the possibility to reach out to a complete new audience for her work, especially galleries and collectors. She wanted to collaborate on developing collectible derivatives of her Opera project.

We decided to commence a co-production period providing Rana and Witte de With with resources contributing to the realization of the exhibition The Ten Murders of Josephine whilst creating the space and taking her through a process of reflection and challenges to co-develop the context and possibilities of collectible opera works.

Our collaboration is in progress as Rana has been experimenting a lot to bring together the main qualities of her performative opera into a piece that can be collected and experienced at all times.