Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Phoebe Boswell, Ibrahim Mahama and Kemang Wa Lehulere are among the 21 artists announced by PinchukArtCentre.
PinchukArtCentre announced 21 artists shortlisted for the 4th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize, established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in Kiev, Ukraine in 2009.
Selected from 4,421 entries by artists from 138 countries, they are:
•Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 33 (Born: Nigeria 1983, Country of residence, United States)
•Iván Argote, 32 (Born: Colombia, 1983. Country of residence: France)
•Firelei Báez, 35 (Born: Dominican Republic, 1980. Country of residence: United States)
•Dineo Seshee Bopape, 35 (Born: South Africa, 1981. Country of residence South Africa)
•Phoebe Boswell, 34 (Born: Kenya, 1982. Country of residence: United Kingdom)
•Vivian Caccuri, 30 (Born: Brazil, 1986. Country of residence: Brazil)
•Sol Calero, 34 (Born: Venezuela, 1982. Country of residence: Germany)
•Asli Çavuşoğlu, 34 (Born: Turkey, 1982. Country of residence Turkey)
•Vajiko Chachkhiani, 31 (Born: Georgia, 1985. Country of residence: Germany)
•Carla Chaim, 33 (Born: Brazil, 1983. Country of residence: Brazil)
•Christian Falsnaes, 35 (Born: Denmark, 1980. Country of residence: Germany)
•EJ Hill, 31 (Born: United States, 1985. Country of residence: United States)
•Andy Holden, 34 (Born: United Kingdom, 1982. Country of residence: UK)
•Li Ran, 30 (Born: China, 1986. Country of residence: China)
•Ibrahim Mahama, 29 (Born: Ghana, 1987. Country of residence Ghana)
•Rebecca Moss, 25 (Born: United Kingdom, 1991. Country of residence UK)
•Sasha Pirogova, 29 (Born: Russia, 1986. Country of residence Russia)
•Kameelah Janan Rasheed, 31 (Born: United States, 1985. Country of residence United States)
•Martine Syms, 28 (Born: United States, 1988. Country of residence United States)
•Kemang Wa Lehulere, 32 (Born: South Africa, 1984. Country of residence South Africa)
•Open Group (Yuriy Biley, born 1988; Pavlo Kovach, born 1987; Stanislav Turina, born 1988; Anton Varga, born 1989, Ukraine)
The shortlisted artists were chosen by an international Selection Committee. The Open Group from Ukraine were nominated for the shortlist as winners of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2015, a national contemporary art prize awarded to young Ukrainian artists up to the age of 35.
The Shortlist Selection Committee members are: Elise Atangana, Independent curator & producer Paris; Daniela Castro, Independent curator and writer based in São Paulo (Chairwomen of the selection committee); Björn Geldhof, Artistic Director, PinchukArtCentre (Kiev) and YARAT (Baku); Shabbir Hussain Mustafa, Senior Curator, National Gallery Singapore; Diana Nawi, Associate Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami; Anna Smolak, Curator, Future Generation Art Prize 2017; Gaia Tedone, Independent Curator, PhD Candidate, Centre for the Study of the Networked Image, London South Bank University.
Daniela Castro, Chair of the Selection Committee, said: “The selection committee assessed a pool of thousands of applications submitted by young artists from all over the world. The difficulty of selecting just twenty practices from this list was not just because of the amount of work entailed in such an endeavor but by the excellence of each project we had to carefully look at. Merit was one of the many variants we considered in order to conduct a fair analysis: geography, gender, media also had their say. As such, we understand that the shortlisted artists for the Future Generation Art Prize are representatives of a wider landscape of outstanding art practices emerging throughout the world.”
The Future Generation Art Prize established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009 is a worldwide contemporary art prize created to discover, recognise and give long-term support to a future generation of artists. Judged by a distinguished jury, the Prize with a cash value of $100,000, aims to make a major contribution to the careers of younger artists involved in the dynamic cultural development of societies in transition, many of whom have found it difficult to get their voices heard. The competition is open to all artists up to the age of 35 of all backgrounds, working in any medium, anywhere in the world.
An exhibition of the work of the twenty one shortlisted artists will go on show at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev on 25 February – 16 April 2017. The winner will be announced at an Award Ceremony in Kiev in March. The exhibition will be presented as an official collateral event at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac Venice Biennale opening on Thursday 11 May 2017.