Her work thus hovers between a suspended duration, on the one hand, and an acute sense of the painterly act embedded in the present, on the other."
Jonathas de Andrade ( Brazil), Micol Assael ( Italy), Ahmet Ögüt ( Turkey), Rayyane Tabet ( Lebanon), and Marwa Arsanios ( Lebanon) shared the Special Prize according to the decision of the Jury.
Initial amount of $20,000 to fund artist-in-residency programs supporting their further development will be increased considering the number or artists who received the Special Prize in 2012. Victor Pinchuk, the founder of the Future Generation Art Prize mentioned it in his speech at the Ceremony.
Addressing the young artists Victor Pinchuk also added: " Today, again, the future begins. I can see that a new generation is full of ideas, feelings and infectious inventiveness. This is a new growing global network uniting the smartest, most talented representatives of the next generation - artists who have the duty to open new perceptions to humankind. And probably this is your biggest prize, to be part of this group. "Announcing Ahmet Ögüt as one the Special Prize Winners, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev and Agnaldo Farias, stated: "The jury awards Ahmet Ogüt a special prize for his extraordinary ability to escape the limits of the art institution and the notion of the art award through the distribution f money, and the parallel distribution and sharing of knowledge that lies at the core of eyewriter/DIY/Arbakir. Focusing his energy and time on writing the web address of a project based on empowering the disabled, onto one dollar bills, and subsequently dedicating his time to the joyful participation in 5 weddings in a small town in Turkey, he acknowledges that artistic practice can be redirected towards the production of emancipation." Awarding Jonathas de Andrade they said: "The jury awards a special prize to Jonathas de Andrade for the way he fills the blank between art and ideology. Tracing back to modernist motifs used in the architectural and mural traditions of Brazil which risk vanishing from the collective memory, his conceptual installations translate and reveal the contradiction between poverty and prosperity and failed attempts of social changes." Talking about the works of Micol Assaël jurors said: "The jury awards Micol Assaël a special prize for her construction of an environment through her video in which the viewer is exposed to both the sensuality and anxiety of being in a specific physical situation of precariousness, such as a barren landscape with surrounded by swarming bees. This audio surround and video work marks a continuity and also a shift from her recognized practice in installation and sculpture, where the lens of the camera is materialized and identified with the gaze of the fragile, yet observing subject."