The prizes were presented during the Awards Ceremony and Opening at Ca’ Giustinian, in Venice.

The Jury of the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, including Adrienne Edwards (USA), President of the Jury, Lorenzo Giusti (Italy), Julieta González (Mexico), Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (Cameroon), Susanne Pfeffer (Germany), has decided to present the following awards:

Golden Lion for Best National Participation: GREAT BRITAIN
Exhibitor: SONIA BOYCE ‘Feeling Her Way
Commissioner: Emma Dexter, British Council – Curator: Emma Ridgway.

With the following motivationsSonia Boyce proposes another reading of histories through the sonic. By working collaboratively with other black women, she unpacks a plenitude of silenced stories. Boyce proposes a very contemporary language about fragmented forms that the viewer in experiencing the pavilion can piece together. Important questions of rehearsal opposed to the perfect attuned, as well as relations between voices in a form of a choir, in a distance, and at varying points in the show are posed.

Golden Lion for the Best Participant in the International Exhibition The Milk of Dreams to SIMONE LEIGH
(1967, Chicago, USA. Lives in New York City, USA)

With the following motivations: for the rigorously researched, virtuosically realized, and powerfully persuasive monumental sculptural opening to the Arsenale, which alongside Belkis Ayón, provided a compelling entrée to the ideas, sensibilities, and approaches constellated and animated throughout The Milk of Dreams.

Silver Lion for a Promising Young Participant in the International Exhibition The Milk of Dreams to ALI CHERRI
(1976, Beirut, Lebanon. Lives in Paris, France)

The Jury has decided to award two special mentions to the following participants:
LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON – (1941, Cleveland, USA. Lives in San Francisco, USA)
and SHUVINAI ASHOONA – (1961, Kinngait. Lives in Kinngait, Nunavut)

Upon recommendation of the Curator of the 59th Exhibition Cecilia Alemani, the board of La Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Roberto Cicutto, also awarded two Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement to: 
German artist: KATHARINA FRITSCH and the Chilean artist CECILIA VICUÑA.

by Modem – Posted April 24 2022© Modem

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