FUTURE GENERATION ART PRIZE @ VENICE 2019
A Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia
May 11 - August 18, 2019
The PinchukArtCentre and Victor Pinchuk Foundation present works by 21 young artists across 17 countries, shortlisted for the 5th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize - the global art prize for artists aged 35 or younger. Established in 2009, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the prize's founding.

An official Collateral Event of the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the show will be on view at the Palazzo Ca' Tron from 11 May until 18 August 2019. The 21 exhibited artists, chosen from amongst 5,800 entries, include the winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2019, the Lithuanian artist Emilija Škarnulytė, and the winners of the Special Prize, Gabrielle Goliath (South Africa) and Cooking Sections (UK).

In addition there will be new work by the other shortlisted artists, inluding: Monira Al Qadiri (Kuwait), Yu Araki (Japan), Korakrit Arunanondchai (Thailand), Kasper Bosmans (Belgium), Madison Bycroft (Australia), Alia Farid (Kuwait), Rodrigo Hernández (Mexico), Laura Huertas Millán (Colombia), Marguerite Humeau (France), Eli Lundgaard (Norway), Taus Makhacheva (Russia), Toyin Ojih Odutola (Nigeria), Sondra Perry (United States), Gala Porras-Kim (Colombia), Jakob Steensen (Denmark), Daniel Turner (United States), Anna Zvyagintseva (Ukraine) and artist collectives Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme.
The exhibition showcases existing works as well as new site specific pieces by the shortlisted artists which engage with the Palazzo Ca' Tron and its history. Many of the works question the interpretation of knowledge, leading us towards a suggested model of a future archaeology or an archaeology of the future. How will the present day be perceived 100 or 1000 years from now? What might humanity look like? How will the world be experienced?

Where many of those questions project concerns and proposals for tomorrow, other works engage with urgent unresolved dilemmas of today's world. What place do local cultural traditions have in a globalized world? How do values survive in a technological age that sweeps away our sense of tradition? How does one identify in an age where nationalistic models seem to be at odds with globalised communities?

Those questions resonate louder in Palazzo Ca'Tron, situated on the Canal Grande, and owned by Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia since 1972. It is a hub for teaching and thinking mainly on the subject of urban planning. Dating back to the end of the sixteenth century, the palazzo carries the name of Tron, one of Venice's most noble and powerful families. The collaboration between the university and the Future Generation Art Prize allows us to combine the mission of both institution: empowering future generations.

The Future Generation Art Prize is a renowned springboard for emerging talent, with past winners receiving international acclaim, including Turner Prize nominee Lynette Yiadom Boakye and 2017's winner, Dineo Seshee Bopape, who will represent South Africa at La Biennale di Venezia in 2019. The winner of the first edition of the Prize, Cinthia Marcelle, represented Brazil at the 57th International Art Exhibition. Open Group, who was nominated for the Prize in 2017, represents Ukraine at the Biennale Arte 2019.

The Future Generation Art Prize @ Venice 2019 exhibition is curated by Björn Geldhof, Artistic Director of the PinchukArtCentre and Tatiana Kochubinska, Curator of the Research Platform at the PinchukArtCentre.

The winners were announced at an exhibition at PinchukArtCentre, which opened in February 2019, chosen from the shortlist by a distinguished international jury consisting of Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and Foundation (New York); Björn Geldhof, Artistic Director, PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv); Gabi Ngcobo, curator, 10th Berlin Biennale; Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts (London); and Hoor Al Qasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation and International Biennial Association.

Launched in 2009 by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, the Future Generation Art Prize is a worldwide contemporary art prize, created to discover, recognise and give long-term support to a future generation of artists. It is important contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition.

A distinguished Board oversees the Future Generation Art Prize. With Victor Pinchuk as its Chairman, the Board includes four patron artists Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami, the collectors Eli Broad, Dakis Joannou, Elton John, Miuccia Prada and museum directors Richard Armstrong (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, Glenn D. Lowry (The Museum of Modern Art) and Alfred Pacquement (former director of Musée nationale d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou).

Location: Palazzo Ca' Tron, San Croce, 1957, 30135, Venice, Italy

Opening hours: 10 am – 6 pm daily (Mondays off). Admission is free.

Preview Days: 8 – 10 May 10 am – 6 pm

Press preview: Thursday, 9 May, 09:00

Opening Reception: Thursday, 9 May (by invitation only)

Promoted by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv, Ukraine

Vernissage

Monira Al Qadiri
(35 – Kuwait)
Monira Al Qadiri's recent projects investigate the implications of the oil industry for the countries of the Arabian Gulf region, and the precarity of their imminent future. The artist enquires what will be left to commemorate once this transient era of petroleum is over.
"I find myself preoccupied with history these days, and how not knowing it affects our future.
There is a physical impossibility of experiencing the past fully, yet as people we make the most sincere effort to relive it somehow. My work reflects on time as a place and a way of thought."
Yu Araki
(33 – Japan)
The works of Yu Araki are highly influenced by his travels, striving to comprehend the puzzling cultural and sociopolitical differences between destinations. He creates a distinguishedly visual filmic language, in which he intertwines fiction and real-life stories, inviting the viewer to trans-cultural journeys.
"I find inspiration from the surrounding context, and an artwork is a way for me to re-interpret, re-play or re-make my sense of it. Being fascinated by the interconnectedness of things, my interest lies in finding a thread to interweave these various elements that I refer to."
Korakrit Arunanondchai
(31 – Thailand)
A visual artist, filmmaker and storyteller, Korakrit Arunanondchai employs his versatile practice to tell stories embedded in cultural transplantation and hybridity. His body of work merges fiction with poetry and offers synesthetic experiences engaged in a multitude of subjects primarily based on the lives of family, friends and colleagues as much as on local myths. No mere solitary artist, Arunanondchai is an avid collaborator who has worked on videos, performances and music together with an extensive list of people.
"The stable ground is at times gently vibrating and at other times abruptly exploding. The only stable thing left in a world could be the recognition of your own breath. I would like to think that this recognition will exist past the point where you could breathe, when your body no longer exists."
Kasper Bosmans
(28 – Belgium)
In his interdisciplinary and often playful works, Kasper Bosmans investigates histories of traditions and objects creating new narratives to offer a critical view on cultural and political relics. Leaning on his research into European political and cultural history, Bosmans implicitly critiques the mechanisms of authority and power by rendering them as aesthetic objects.
"By using these farfetched and sometimes eccentric examples, I attempt to prevent any contemporary activistic interpretation, but that doesn't mean they cannot keep us vigilant. Vigilance is enough."
Madison Bycroft
(31 – Australia)
Madison Bycroft creates systematic disfunctionalities. Recognizable forms are brought into relation with things which cannot be determined. Breaking comfortable and predictable patterns, Bycroft combines strange costumes, surreal scripts, awkward forms or moments of excess which might disrupt a cohesive narrative that gives the viewer an estranging experience.
"I work in an associative manner – this thing is like this thing which feels like this other thing. But I am interested in the forms of association in which it is not always easy to articulate a commonality – where a mutuality is illegible, outside language or logic. Following on from this, it is important to ask myself how to relate across difference, without homogenizing something into a comfort zone. Like an intransitive verb, how can I act in a way that does not take an object? 'About', here, does not pin something down or reveal it, but moves around it, is to the side of it, or in the key of pathos, invites it to move through me."
Alia Farid
(33 – Kuwait)
Alia Farid lives and works in Kuwait and Puerto Rico, both her home countries, whose complex colonial histories she reveals through drawings, objects, spatial installations and film. Her work presented at the PinchukArtCentre, titled Vault, is an artistic response to the failed processes of modernization and issues surrounding representation. Often fragmented display combines symbols from the past and present that speak of the dissipation of Arab polytheism with the advent of Islam, and the rise of a new materialism with the advent of oil.
Gabrielle Goliath
(34 – South Africa)
Gabrielle Goliath situates her practice within contexts marked by the traces, disparities and as-of-yet unreconciled traumas of colonialism and apartheid, as well as socially entrenched structures of patriarchal power and rape culture. Conscious of how the violence enacted upon black, brown, female and queer bodies is routinely perpetuated through forms of representation, she draws on performance, sound and ritual gesture to enable more effectively and ethically involved responses to lived experiences of trauma.
Winner of the Special Prize
We admired her handling of such difficult and important subject matter in a touching yet sharp manner in the work "This song is for...". It speaks directly and emotionally to the viewer while generating a powerful sense of discomfort. The work leaves room for personal reflection and maintains respect for the six individual testimonies.
"When language fails us, when conventional therapy fails us, art allows for a different kind of encounter, a more human encounter, perhaps. One in which the differences that mark our experiences of the world become – in all their discomfort, hurt and contradiction – the grounds of our mutual acknowledgement and care."
Rodrigo Hernández
(34 – Mexico)
Rodrigo Hernandez is interested in the constitutive process of art and image-making. In his practice he deconstructs and merges ancient iconography, art history as well as everyday imagery to develop a formal vocabulary that is all his own. Driven by the idea of the ambiguity of images, the artist proceeds by following his imagination and personal associations, suggesting that these can be crucial instincts to navigate through today's world.
"For me, it was important to give shape to short-living moments through this specific technique and with metal, because I need to put a real imprint of my own body and force in the work. The metaphor of a hand that attempts and fails to grasp, requiring my own hand to make a mark that renders it visible, is a contradiction I still see keeping the work alive."
Laura Huertas Millán
(35 – Colombia)
Entwining ethnography, ecology, fiction and historical enquiries, Laura Huertas Millan's moving images engage with strategies of survival, resistance and resilience against violence. Working on long-term inquiries, she has been developing a series of films around the coca plant in collaboration with Cristobal Gomez, a member of the Muina-Murui community in the Colombian Amazon, since 2011. Their ongoing cinematographic conversation considers themes such as prohibition, the war on drugs, our broken relationship with nature and indigenous representation in Colombia and beyond. This particular film unfolds the fabrication of the mambe, an indigenous coca powder surrounded by specific cosmogonies, presenting a resistance that has been going on for centuries.
"Aesthetic miscegenation has been for me an important topic of reflection and research: from the cultural anthropophagy that inspired my previous films to 'ethnographic fiction'. On the one hand, if one considers ethnography as an ensemble of narratives rooted in colonialism, it might be understandable as a form of fiction-making. On the other hand, some of the most interesting contemporary practices of ethnography have embraced a de-colonial turn, sometimes by integrating the fictional language tools within their own elaboration."
Marguerite Humeau
(31 – France)
In her artistic practice, Marguerite Humeau weaves factual events into speculative narratives, enabling unknown, invisible, extinct forms of life to erupt in grandiose splendour. Combining prehistory, occult biology and science fiction in a disconcerting spectacle, the works resuscitate the past, conflate subterranean and subcutaneous, all the while updating the genre of the quest for the information age.
"My works aim at reenacting, resuscitating, activating extinct, invisible, ancient and future ecosystems, voices, creatures and beings. Together with experts I speculate on what those worlds might be, might have been or might become. I formulate hypotheses that I then translate into physical experiences involving sound, sculpture, drawings and various other components and concoctions."
Eli Lundgaard
(28 – Norway)
The work of Eli Lundgaard delves into the human psyche and understanding. She explores how we produce meaning and how we make connections and relations between our inner and the outer world. She questions interaction and mutual influence between the subject and its surroundings. Lundgaard is interested in the way a body is being shaped by the environment and vice versa.
"I often explore spaces where meaning collapses, and when the boundary between something shifts or disappears. I aim to manipulate, deconstruct and reconstruct the world around me, to erase or blur common definitions and concepts and to look at what can neither be confirmed nor dismissed. In the space between fact and fiction, I want to turn the seemingly familiar into something strange and foreign."
Taus Makhacheva
(35 – Russia)
The practice of Taus Makhacheva embraces a wide range of media including performance, video and installation, critically examining the results of different cultures and traditions meeting. Having grown up in Moscow with cultural origins in the Caucasus region of Dagestan, her artistic practice is informed by this personal connection with the co-existing worlds of pre- and post-Sovietization. Often humorous, her works attempt to test the resilience of images, objects and bodies in today's world.
"No other field can give you the intellectual, emotional and psychological experience you receive when interacting with art. I want to do something of the kind. What matters is not a finished work as such, but rather the viewer's experience, and her or his dialogue with the artwork."
Toyin Ojih Odutola
(33 – Nigeria)
Toyin Ojih Odutola creates multimedia drawings on various surfaces, investigating formulaic representations and how such images can be unreliable, systemic and socially coded. Her most recent work explores this through the fictitious narrative of a Nigerian aristocratic family. The larger series, of which the exhibition showcases excerpts, attempts to illustrate the parameters of wealth and its perspectives, the adaptability of cultural history and suspicions around unquestionable status. It is a thought experiment where historically oppressed figures own their bodies and capital as opposed to the actuality of their bodies being capital. Ojih Odutola inquires whether seeing such figures in luxurious surroundings changes perceptions of self and capability. Ultimately, what is revealed is akin to any social construct and tool: they are only being seen because of an elevated regard; with or without it, their value as people is flattened.
"I think when people see wealth, they see status, when they see any sort of glamorous presentation, even if it is a people of colour. I'm trying to make people aware that the pictures they take for granted, these images of wealth and glamour, are, in fact, constructed the same way race is constructed, the same way gender presentation is a construct."
Sondra Perry
(31 – United States)
Sondra Perry makes videos, performances and installations that foreground the tools of digital production as a way to critically reflect on new technologies of representation and to remobilize their potential.
Gala Porras-Kim
(33 – Colombia)
Gala Porras-Kim uses the social and political contexts that influence the representation of language and history to make art objects through the learning process. Her works come from research-based practice, including different methodologies in the fields of linguistics, history and conservation.
"Much of the work that I've made deals with historical artifacts that people might not have an idea what they were used for. I work a lot with historians and conservators and curators to ask: 'What do you think was the original function of this?' To find the discrepancy between the scientific method and the creative writing element, which I think is a more honest way of talking about history; to say 'I don't know'."
Emilija Škarnulytė
(31 – Lithuania)
Emilija Škarnulytė investigates the shifting boundaries between documentary and fiction, between ecological and cosmic forces, feeling out all kinds of non-human and post-human scales, in the depths of space and time. t1/2 continues that topic of post-human mythology in a fictional visual meditation about contemporary science from the perspective of a future archaeology. The title refers to the symbol for "half-life", a term commonly used in nuclear physics to describe radioactive decay. Presented as a large-scale video installation, the work shows architecture envisioned by the artist through remote-sensing 3D scans and a mirrored ceiling, traversing an epic landscape of geography.
Winner of the Main Prize
Emilija Škarnulytė's work "t 1 ⁄ 2" stems from deep and extensive research which has been translated in a coherent and confident way. The jury found its scale, rhythm and pace mesmerising alongside its capacity to deal with vast expanses of time in a precise manner.

Her use of video expands into a multi-dimentional experience, confronting many of the major issues facing humanity which are often left unspoken. Without being overtly didactic, the work stays open-ended and poetic while raising fundamental questions about where we come from, who we are and where we might end-up.
Škarnulytė, performing as a siren herself, links the past and future by exploring the memoryof Etruscan cemeteries, a nuclear power plant in Lithuania – twin sister of the ChernobylAES –, the Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory in Japan, the Antimatter Factory, the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Duga radar and a Cold-War submarine base above the Arctic Circle. t1/2 encounters all that is larger than us and larger than life – a looming climate catastrophe, natural phenomena, ideological constructions, massive scientific structures, recent geopolitical processes and what we know as human knowledge. All have left scars on planet Earth.
Jakob Steensen
(31 – Denmark)
In his artistic practice, Jakob Steensen investigates future scenarios involving the hybridization of technology and nature. His spatial simulations are seemingly mystical virtual worlds composed of real-world digitized organic materials. He creates simulations of landscapes using 3D scanners, photogrammetry, satellite terrain data and photos of organic textures he creates through excursions and collaborations with field biologists, NGOs and artists from different disciplines. Real places and natural histories are transformed into mystical and vibrant digital ecosystems.
"I show my virtual environments within larger physical installations, which mimic the ambience and material of the digital worlds. I do not see my work as purely digital, but as installations of landscapes where organic materials from the past meet the present, in physical and virtual forms. I am interested in how organic materials and infrastructures weave into our lives, influencing how we sense and imagine our relationships to the world."
Daniel Turner
(35 – United States)
Daniel Turner works primarily in sculpture involving the manipulation of materials, objects and environments into tactile or atmospheric forms. His works are characterized by a specific response to a site under a controlled set of processes. For Turner, form is a process of transformation. His choice of materials speaks to familiar, yet constrained environments, preserving a sensory link to geographical locations, cultural associations and human contact. Founded in 1897, The Vinnitsa Regional Psychoneurological Hospital in Vinnitsa, Ukraine, is an active medical and prophylactic institution specializing in polyclinic medical care for psychiatry, neurology and neurosurgery. For the exhibition, Turner has produced two sculptures in response to this institution: through a calibrated processing of environment, the artist has identified, archived and recast one metric ton of the hospital's steel bedding into two concentrated forms.
Anna Zvyagintseva
(32 – Ukraine)
In her artistic practice, Anna Zvyagintseva often makes manifest imperceptible, impalpable facets of our lives, showcasing their fragility and ocumenting elusive intangible moments. In her video Declaration of Intent and Doubt Zvyagintseva continues her research of drawing as an automatic trace. In this new work the stage replaces a piece of paper. Proposing filmbased experience the artist underlines spatial interactions and conflicts between the characters and stresses on how archetypical roles can shift.
"Drawing is a very good topic: it is a topic, not only a tool. I often dissect the very idea of a drawing line as a thinking line, and I want to develop it further and further in my practice. For me, the idea of drawing is related to how a person thinks."
Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
The practice of Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme is largely research-based and exists in the intersection of performativity, political imaginaries, virtuality, body, image and text. Across their works they probe a contemporary landscape marked by seemingly perpetual crisis and an endless "present", one that is shaped by a politics of desire and disaster. In their projects, they find themselves excavating, activating and inventing incidental narratives, figures, gestures and sites as material for re-imagining the possibilities of the present.
"The erasure of entire communities is a violence enacted not just on the individual and communal body but also to places and things; lived tructures, vegetation and land, not to mention lived history, community and memory. Ultimately, it is a violence enacted on our imaginary or any sense of futurity."
Cooking Sections
"Cooking Sections (established in 2013) is a duo of spatial practitioners based out of London. It was founded to critically explore the systems that organize the world through food. Using installation, performance, mapping and video, their research-based practice explores the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. Since 2015, they have been working on multiple iterations of the long-term site-specific CLIMAVORE project,
exploring how to eat in a world where climates change and we change climates.
Winner of the Special Prize
We have a deep respect for artistic practice that engages with serious issues. Through the work "CLIMAVORE: For the Rights of the Soil Not to be Exhausted", Cooking Sections proposes a better future and successfully engages a broader public to increase awareness of such issues.
"For us, CLIMAVORE became quite an operative way to observe environmental degradation and the role of food systems in man-induced transformations. Over the years, several projects helped us develop a critical approach to the construction of spaces of food production and consumption. As our work evolves, we have become more and more interested in how critical thinking can also develop into critical propositions by exploring practices that enable alternative social, environmental and political platforms to emerge."
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