The Fundació Joan Miró and the Stavros Niarchos Basis have awarded this 12 months’s Joan Miró Prize to Vietnamese American artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen. The Saigon-born Nguyen, who lives and works in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, Vietnam, will obtain €50,000 (roughly $54,000) and, in 2024, a solo exhibition on the Barcelona establishment. The artist triumphed over a shortlist of Tala Madani, Frida Orupabo, Mika Rottenberg and Haegue Yang.
Nguyen’s household got here to the US in 1979 as refugees in 1979 when the artist was three. The expertise informs his apply, which encompasses video, movie, and sculpture and addresses themes of collective reminiscence, displacement, and colonization. Among the many subjects he has investigated are the warfare in Vietnam, the historic ties between Vietnam and Senegal, and the makes an attempt of the Aboriginal Ngurrara group to reclaim its land from the Australian authorities. The prize jury in an announcement lauded Nguyen for “the social, political and environmental relevance of his work, which is at all times offered with an astoundingly distinctive inventive imaginative and prescient. His refined contact permits him to handle a few of the most troublesome episodes in trendy historical past with playful and poetic readability.”
The Miró Prize, launched in 2007, is awarded biannually to up to date artists whose work embodies the identical spirit of exploration, innovation, dedication, and freedom that marked the Surrealist artist’s life and work. Up to now, the respect has gone to Olafur Eliasson (2007), Pipilotti Rist (2009), Mona Hatoum (2011), Roni Horn (2013), Ignasi Aballí (2015), Kader Attia (2017) and Nalini Malani (2019). No prize was awarded in 2021, because the artwork world struggled to exit the receding Covid-19 pandemic.