Awards of the 58th International Art Exhibition Venice, May 11th, 2019
The Jury of the 58th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, comprising Stephanie Rosenthal (President of the Jury, Germany), Defne Ayas (Turkey/The Netherlands),Cristiana Collu (Italy), Sunjung Kim (Korea), and Hamza Walker (USA), has decided to present the following awards:
Golden Lion for Best National Participation:
Lithuania: Sun & Sea (Marina) (Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte and Rugile Barzdziukaite)
Commissioner: Rasa Antanaviciute. Curator: Lucia Pietroiusti.
A special mention has been awarded to the following National Participation:
Belguim: Mondo Cane (Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys)
Commissioner: Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles. Curator: Anne-Claire Schmitz.
Golden Lion for the Best Participant in the International Exhibition ‘May You Live In Interesting Times’ to Arthur Jafa for his 2019 film The White Album. which, in equal measure, is an essay, a poem and portraiture. Jafa uses appropriated and original footage to reflect upon the issue of race. Just as the film critiques a moment fraught with violence, in tenderly portraying the artist’s friends and family, it also speaks to our capacity for love.
The Jury has decided to award two special mentions to the following participants: Teresa Margolles (Mexico) Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria).Teresa Margolles for her sharp and poignant works that deal with the plight of women grossly affected by the narcotics trade in her native Mexico, and for creating powerful testimonies by shifting existing structures from the real world into the Exhibition Halls. Otobong Nkanga for her ongoing and inspired exploration across media into the politics of land, body and time.
The Exhibition is open to the public and can be viewed until 24th November.