The Paris-born, Brooklyn-based artist Yto Barrada has received the biennial Queen Sonja Print Award (QSPA), the world’s largest prize for graphic artwork value NOK 1m (round $106,000).
Barrada was recommended for her “steady seek for new types of expressions, pushing the boundaries of her personal follow and our understanding of printmaking and graphic artwork”. The artist’s work can also be “knowledgeable by postcolonial thought and socio-political considerations”, say the judges. Barrada’s movie set up A Day is a Day (2022) options on this yr’s Whitney Biennial (Quiet as It’s Stored, till 5 September).
This yr’s judging panel contains the Australian curator Rachel Kent, Pablo del Val, the inventive director of the Artwork Dubai truthful, and the Chinese language artist Qiu Zhijie. There is no such thing as a age restrict for the prize whereas “no printing method or means of expression is to be excluded so long as the printing component is obvious”.
The Queen Sonja Artwork Basis—established in 2011 to advertise all types of printmaking—additionally introduced two different awards: the QSPA Lifetime Achievement Award was given to the South African artist William Kentridge as a result of “printmaking has been central to his inventive follow for the final 40 years, [and is] an integral half in his experimentation with varied mediums, methods and disciplines”.
The QSPA Inspirational Award in the meantime goes to the indigenous Sami artist (northern Norway), Meerke Vekterli. The judges say in a press release that Vekterli makes use of “extra conventional methods, insightfully rooted in a South Sami handicraft custom, [which] are explored and blended with newer methods”. This award features a money prize of NOK 50,000 (round $5,000).
In an interview with The Artwork Newspaper in 2018, Queen Sonja of Norway defined why she was drawn to the medium. “I believe it has one thing to do with Edvard Munch as a result of he tried out all alternative ways of printmaking,” she stated. The royal even makes her personal print works, setting apart devoted durations “three or 4 instances a yr, of three to 5 days. It’s very intense.”
The QSPA started as a Nordic award earlier than going international in 2014. Earlier recipients embrace Tauba Auerbach from New York (2016), the Japanese-Canadian artist Emma Nishimura, (2018) and Ottawa-born Ciara Phillips (2020). It was “a tremendous launch pad; there’s not one other award at this scale or worldwide recognition for printmakers”, stated Nishimura.