From Kenya to Dominican Republic: The Next Generation of Artists at 2017 Venice Biennale


By BLANC Modern Africa


Among the hundreds of artists representing more than 80 countries around the world at the 57th Venice Biennale, emerging artists get special mention. At the exhibition of The Future Generation Prize, 21 young artists from 16 countries who were nominated for the prize will show new works. The artists were shortlisted from over 4400 nominees from around the world.

Presented by PinchukArtCentre and Victor Pinchuk Foundation, The Future Generation Prize recognizes artists up to age 35 - the first ever global art prize to do so.

The exhibition includes new work by the winner of the $100,000 Future Generation Prize, South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape, and winner of the $20,000 Special Prize, Kenyan/British artist Phoebe Boswell. The prize recipients were announced in March 2017. Bopape will also present a solo exhibition of her work at PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv, Ukraine in 2018.



The other shortlisted artists included in the exhibition are: Njideka Akunyili Crosby (Nigeria / United States), Iván Argote (Colombia / France), Firelei Báez (Dominican Republic / United States), Vivian Caccuri (Brazil), Sol Calero (Venezuela / Germany), Asli Çavuşoğlu (Turkey), Vajiko Chachkhiani (Georgia / Germany), Carla Chaim (Brazil), Christian Falsnaes (Denmark / Germany), EJ Hill (United States), Andy Holden (United Kingdom), Li Ran (China), Ibrahim Mahama (Ghana), Rebecca Moss (United Kingdom), Sasha Pirogova (Russia), Kameelah Janan Rasheed (United States), Martine Syms (United States), Kemang Wa Lehulere (South Africa), and Open Group (Ukraine). 

The jury for the Prize consisted of Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund, New York; Iwona Blazwick, director of Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Björn Geldhof, artistic director of the Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev; Mami Kataoka, chief curator of the Mori Art Museum; Koyo Kouoh, founding artistic director of Raw Material Company, Dakar; Jochen Volz, curator of the Thirty-Second São Paulo Biennial and general director of Pinacoteca, São Paulo; and Jérôme Sans, cofounder of Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

The Future Generation Art Prize is widely acknowledged as a springboard for emerging talent. Lynette Yiadom Boakye won the Prize in 2012, before going on to be shortlisted for the Turner Prize - the highly regarded visual arts prize for British artists - and have a highly successful solo show at the Serpentine Gallery in London. The winner of the first edition of The Future Generation Prize, Cinthia Marcelle, is representing Brazil at the Venice Biennale.  


The exhibition is on view at the Palazzo Contarini Polignac in Venice from 12 May to 13 August 2017.