Prix Marcel Duchamp
Image: Lili Reynaud Dewar, "Rome, 1er et 2 novembre 1975", 2019-2021.
Video installation, 4 projections, color, sound. Duration: 35’16’’
Centre Pompidou 2021. © Bertrand Prévost.
Lili Reynaud Dewar
Prix Marcel Duchamp
Born in 1975, Lili Reynaud Dewar draws on the history of militant and alternative cultures that she has been able to summon up in particular through figures such as Joséphine Baker, Guillaume Dustan, Jean Genet and Cosey Fanni Tutti. Her work mainly takes the form of performances, sculptures, videos and installations. For the Prix Marcel Duchamp, her project "Rome, 1 and 2 November 1975", initiated while she was a resident at the Villa Médicis, looks back on the last days of the filmmaker and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini, from his last interview to his assassination. About twenty people close to the artist embody the filmmaker and the young Giuseppe Pelosi in a choral video installation.
Image: Array Collective installation shot, The Turner Prize 2021 Exhibition,
The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry, England.
© David Levene, courtesy The Turner Prize.
The jury awarded the Turner Prize to Array Collective for their hopeful and dynamic artwork which addresses urgent social and political issues affecting Northern Ireland with humour, seriousness and beauty. They were impressed with how Belfast-based Array Collective were able to translate their activism and values into the gallery environment, creating a welcoming, immersive and surprising exhibition. For the first time, this year's Turner Prize jury selected a shortlist consisting entirely of artist collectives and artist-run projects:
Array Collective, Black Obsidian Sound System, Cooking Sections, Gentle/Radical and Project Art Works.
Pritzker Architecture Prize
Image: FRAC Nord-Pas de Calais, Dunkerque by Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, 2013-2015.
© Philippe Ruault.
Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal
Pritzker Architecture Prize
French architects Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal, founders of the Paris-based studio Lacaton & Vassal, won the 2021 Pritzker Architecture Prize. Their work reflects architecture’s democratic spirit. Through their ideas, approach to the profession, and the resulting buildings, they have proven that a commitment to a restorative architecture that is at once technological, innovative, and ecologically responsive can be pursued. The practice begins every project with a process of discovery which includes intensely observing and finding value in what already exists. Many of the studio's projects focus on expanding usable space through the use of winter gardens and balconies often utilising polycarbonate panels.
Image: Barbara Chase-Riboud, Mao’s Organ, 2007. Polished bronze and red silk cord.
© Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, LLC NY, © Barbara Chase-Riboud.
Barbara Chase-Riboud was awarded the Prix d'honneur by the non-profit association AWARE: Archives of Women Artists. Since its creation in 2014, AWARE has worked to make women artists of the 19th and 20th century visible. Barbara Chase-Riboud was born in 1939 in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA). Sculptor, poet and novelist, Barbara Chase-Riboud began her artistic training at the age of seven, at the Philadelphia Museum and the Fleisher Art Memorial. She was just sixteen when the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York acquired one of her first works. She studied at Temple University and Yale, where she was the first African-American woman to gain a Master’s degree from Yale School of Architecture.
Image: Ayana Ross, Learn, oil on wood, 2020, 36 x 48 x 2 inches.
Ayana Ross, of McDonough, Georgia, won the prestigious 2021 Bennett Prize, a prize offered solely to women figurative painters. Her paints captured moments of the past to address issues of race, identity and value systems. By seeking parallels between the past and present, she hopes to illuminate the beauty and strength of the black community and highlight stories of progression that may have been overlooked. Her everyday figures are inspired and informed by the images and events of her family’s history and their known origins in the American South. Combining nostalgia with contemporary motifs, she relates shared human experiences as an invitation to memory and discussion.
Image: Sally Mann, Blackwater series 2008-2012.
© Sally Mann/Prix Pictet/Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian.
Photographer Sally Mann won the ninth cycle of the Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, on the theme of ‘Fire’. For her series Blackwater, she explored the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia, a dangerous terrain slithering with snakes, predators, insects and heavy foliage, that many escaped slaves travelled through towards freedom. Sally Mann documented the vast fires and thick smoke that consumed the swap during her visit and which seemed to epitomise the great fire of racial strife in America.
Sally Mann became known in the 1980s for her series about her own family. Since the end of the 1990s, she has explored the themes of nature, memory, identity and race through photographs of landscapes.