PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine) presents an exhibition from the 21 shortlisted artists for the 5th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. Running from 9 February – 7 April 2019, the exhibition reveals a breadth of contemporary art practices from a judicious selection of artists and artist collectives spanning five continents. Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the prize's founding.
Featuring new and recent works, the exhibition explores two recurring themes through a variety of media. The first considers an 'archeology of the future', exploring the past and present through the eyes of tomorrow. Using cutting-edge technologies, the works question the possibilities of interpreting knowledge in today's world.
Investigating ideas of the self, the second theme of the exhibition draws from individual socio-cultural values and traditions, whilst also exploring more poetic considerations of the psychological journey. Here, artists similarly reflect on a discrepancy between those traditions and shifting realities in a globalised world.
Shortlisted artists are: Monira Al Qadiri (35 – Kuwait), Yu Araki (33 – Japan), Korakrit Arunanondchai (31 – Thailand), Kasper Bosmans (28 – Belgium), Madison Bycroft (31 – Australia), Alia Farid (33 – Kuwait), Gabrielle Goliath (34 – South Africa), Rodrigo Hernández (34 – Mexico), Laura Huertas Millán (35 – Colombia), Marguerite Humeau (31 – France), Eli Lundgaard (28 – Norway), Taus Makhacheva (35 – Russia), Toyin Ojih Odutola (33 - Nigeria), Sondra Perry (31 – United States), Gala Porras-Kim (33 – Colombia), Emilija Škarnulytė (31 – Lithuania), Jakob Steensen (31 – Denmark), Daniel Turner (35 – United States), Anna Zvyagintseva (32 – Ukraine) and artist collectives Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme and Cooking Sections.
Björn Geldhof, Artistic director of the PinchukArtCentre comments: "Through its truly global and democratic format, the prize has been empowering artists from all over the world for over 10 years, with growing support from institutions and artist communities alike. Its unique concept guarantees each edition presents a fresh perspective on "a future generation of artists" – and we are proud knowing that these cutting-edge artists work to challenge our world views, whilst proposing new models for tomorrow."
The exhibition is curated by Björn Geldhof, Artistic director of the PinchukArtCentre, and Tatiana Kochubinska, Curator of the Research Platform at the PinchukArtCentre.
Anna Zvyagintseva is included as the winner of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2018 - a national contemporary art prize awarded to young Ukrainian artists up to the age of 35.
All other artists were chosen by an international selection committee, which includes: Natalia Valencia Arango, Associate Curator, Estancia Femsa Casa Barragán (Mexico City); Julie Boukobza, Director of Luma Arles residency program and 89plus residency at the Lab of the Google Cultural Institute (Paris); Tatiana Kochubinska, Curator, Research Platform at the PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv). Tumelo Mosaka, Chief Curator for the Investec Cape Town Art Fair; Zeynep Öz, Curator, Turkish Pavilion at the Venice Biennial 2019 (Istanbul) and Richard Riley, independent curator and Chair of the Gilbert & George Centre (London).
The selection committee was appointed by Future Generation Art Prize's distinguished international jury which includes: Pablo León de la Barra, Curator at Large, Latin America, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and Foundation (New York); Björn Geldhof, Artistic Director, PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv); Helen Molesworth, writer; Gabi Ngcobo, curator, 10th Berlin Biennale; Tim Marlow, Artistic Director, Royal Academy of Arts (London); Christine Macel, Chief Curator, Centre Pompidou (Paris) and curator, Venice Biennale 2017; and Hoor Al Qasimi, President, Sharjah Art Foundation and International Biennial Association.
From the shortlisted artists, the jury determine the winners of the main prize and special prizes during the Future Generation Art Prize exhibition at the PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv. Prizes are awarded at a ceremony on 22 March 2019.
The Future Generation Art Prize is a biannual global contemporary art prize open to all artists aged 35 or younger from anywhere in the world, working in any medium. Shortlisted artists will be commissioned to create new works on view in exhibitions at the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv and the Venice Biennale.
The main prize winner receives US $100,000 split between a $60,000 cash prize and a $40,000 investment in their practice. A further $20,000 is awarded as a special prize/s between up to five artists at the discretion of the jury for supporting projects that develop their artistic practice.