Palestinian Swedish artist Tarik Kiswanson is the 2023 winner of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, France’s most prestigious artwork award. He’ll obtain €35,000 ($37,000) and a residency at Villa Albertine, a French group headquartered in New York with outposts throughout the U.S.
The award, which was launched by the Affiliation for the Worldwide Diffusion of French Artwork (ADIAF) in 2000, is introduced to artists who’re both French or residing in France, The group conducts about 60 studio visits with eligible artists yearly; members are every invited to appoint 4 artists earlier than a range committee finalizes the quick checklist.
Every year since 2016, 4 nominated artists are given €10,000 ($10,500) apiece to stage an exhibition of their work on the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The present version, on view by way of January 12, 2024, options Kiswanson, Bertille Bak, Bouchra Khalili, and Massinissa Selmani. A seven-person jury comprising Pompidou director Xavier Rey, Claude Bonnin, Akemi Shiraha, Jimena Blàzquez Abascal, Josée Gensollen, Béatrice Salmon, and Adam D. Weinberg chosen the winner.
“With Tarik Kiswanson, we’re honoring a multidisciplinary strategy that’s extraordinarily completed each in its formal dimension and in its relationship with historical past,” Rey mentioned in a press release. “Drawing on the energetic relationships between completely different components, his works purpose, with nice sensitivity, for a common message.”
The award ceremony for the prize needed to be relocated on the final minute from the Centre Pompidou to the Artcurial public sale home when staff from the museum went on strike on Monday. (Workers is demanding job protections forward of a deliberate renovation that will see the establishment shut at yr’s find yourself by way of 2027.)
Kiswanson, who was born in Sweden in 1986 and now lives in Paris, has a multidisciplinary apply encompassing sculpture, writing, efficiency, drawing, sound, and video. A lot of his work is impressed by his household’s expertise immigrating from Palestine, exploring themes of rootlessness, belonging, reminiscence, and heritage.
“I’m finest identified for sculpture, however right here I wished to make a cosmology of items in numerous media to discover all the themes on the coronary heart of my work—the query of being uprooted, transformation, metamorphosis, and migration,” Kiswanson mentioned of his presentation on the Pompidou, which incorporates cocoon-inspired sculpture, a sound piece about his mom’s first day in Sweden, and a slo-mo video of a younger boy showing to drift as he falls out of a chair.
The artist has had a busy yr, having proven on the Salzburger Kunstverein, the Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm, and the Museo Tamayo in Mexico Metropolis. The Marcel Duchamp Prize nominee exhibition is his second outing on the Pompidou, following a efficiency staged as a part of the museum’s “MOVE 2019” pageant.
Kiswanson additionally had a solo present on the M HKA-Museum of Up to date Artwork Antwerp in 2022 and appeared within the 2018 Gwangju Biennial, the 2019 Performa biennial in New York, the 2019 Ural Biennial, and the 2022 Lyon Biennial of Up to date Artwork. He’s represented by Carlier Gebauer in Berlin and Madrid, and Sfeir-Semler Gallery in Hamburg and Beirut.
Earlier Marcel Duchamp Prize winners embody Kader Attia, Mimosa Echard, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, and Melik Ohanian.
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