Dineo Seshee Bopape Wins Future Generation Art Prize

Dineo Seshee Bopape is on a roll. Following last week’s announcement that she was one of the four winners of the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize, the South African artist has been named the recipient of the 2017 Future Generation Art Prize.

The award, which is the first global art prize for contemporary artists of up to thirty-five years of age, comes with a hefty $100,000—$60,000 prize, with an additional $40,000 in support of the production of a new work. A solo exhibition of her work will go on view at PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv in 2018.

“For her formally inventive and politically symbolic sculpture, the 2017 Future Generation Art Prize is awarded to Dineo Seshee Bopape,” the jury said in a statement.

Seshee Bopape’s work has been on view at the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv, Ukraine since February as part of an exhibition of the shortlisted winners. The show, curated by Anna Smolak, presented newly produced works by 21 artists to give a preview of artists of the next generation. Shortlisted artists included Andy HoldenIbrahim Mahama, and Martine Syms, among others.

Phoebe Boswell, a Kenya-born artist living in the UK, received the Special Winner Prize, which gives $20,000 towards a residency program.

Established by the Vitor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009, the Future Generation Art Prize “is a major contribution to the open participation of younger artists in the dynamic cultural development of societies in global transition,” the foundation said in a statement.

This year’s international jury consisted of Nicholas Baume, director and chief curator of the Public Art Fund, New York; Iwona Blazwick, director of Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Björn Geldhof, artistic director of the Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev; Mami Kataoka, chief curator of the Mori Art Museum; Koyo Kouoh, founding artistic director of Raw Material Company, Dakar; Jochen Volz, curator of the Thirty-Second São Paulo Biennial and general director of Pinacoteca, São Paulo; and Jérôme Sans, cofounder of Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

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