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December 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Jonathas de Andrade (
Micol Assael (
Italy), Ahmet Ögüt (
Turkey), Rayyane Tabet (
Lebanon), and Marwa Arsanios (
Lebanon) shared the Special Prize
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a British artist, is the Main Prize Winner of the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. Lynette will receive
$60,000 in cash and
$40,000 to be invested in the production of new work.
The winner of the Main Prize was selected and announced by the international jury consisting of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (
Agnaldo Farias (Brasil),
Massimiliano Gioni (
Carol Yinghua Lu (
Hans Ulrich Obrist (
Eckhard Schneider (
Nancy Spector (
USA) at the Award Ceremony in
Kiev, Ukraine, on
Friday, December 7, 2012.
Nominated artists including winners will also take part at the
Future Generation Art Prize@Venice group exhibition organized by the PinchukArtCentre as the collateral event of the Biennale di Venezia in 2013. And
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye as the Main Prize Winner will present her solo show in the PinchukArtCentre in
Kiev the next autumn.
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the Main Prize Winner, who presented at the exhibition specially created new series of paintings, jury members
Carol Yinghua Lu and
Eckhard Schneider said: "The jury has awarded the Main Prize to
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye for her extraordinary paintings where darkness and light are articulated together, recognizing the quality of the paintings and the social concerns that emerge from them. Furthermore, the jury awards the prize for her complex practice, which extends far beyond painting. Indeed, she is also active in literature as a writer of short stories and is currently working on a novel".
In their statement jurors also added: "Born in
London in 1977 from African Diaspora parents, Yiadom-Boakye bases her painting practice on specific rules of duration and activity. She creates one canvas per day and if not completed by the end of the day, the painting is discarded. Therefore, there is no nocturnal rethinking, no pentimenti possible in her activity. Her works are organized around groups of paintings that generally portray imaginary black characters in abstract landscapes. From the dark atmosphere, striking usages of white paint become present like piercing flashes of light from a striped t-shirt or from the eyes of a character.
Her paintings do not emerge from a photographic imaginary but from the memory of figuration in the history of painting including realism with social consciousness and expressionism. Her works thus do not focus on the unique artwork but provide a viewing experience based on a different temporality, and on the recognition of recurring motifs, figures and moods.