Alejandra Labastida, Associate Curator at MUAC (University Museum of Contemporary Art) in Mexico City, has been announced as the winner of the inuagural Akbank Sanat International Curator Competition 2012. She was chosen from over 100 applications from 35 countries, including Australia, Brazil, Egypt, Canada, the Republic of Guatemala, Iran, Italy, Japan and the USA.

Labastida’s application was highly commended by the jury, which consisted of Jack Persekian (Director and Head Curator of the Palestinian Museum), Francis McKee (Director of CCA, Glasgow; tutor and research fellow at Glasgow School of Art), and Basak Senova (independent curator).

Developed and coordinated by curator and designer Basak Senova, the competition is intended to provide support for emerging curators, reinforce interest in curatorial practices, and encourage new projects in the field of contemporary art.

Labastida’s proposal will be realized as an exhibition that will run from February 19 to April 27, 2013 at Akbank Art Centre, Istanbul, accompanied by an exhibition catalogue and a program of activities.