Divya Mehra Wins 2022 Sobey Art Award, Prestigious 100K Prize for Visual Artists in Canada
OTTAWA, November 17, 2022 /CNW/ – The winner of the 2022 Sobey Art Prize, one of the world’s most valuable prizes for Canadian visual artists, was announced during a ceremony at the National Gallery of Canada Canada (NGC) last night. Divya Mehra won the $100,000 Canadian prize, with each of the four shortlisted artists — Krystle Silver Fox, Azza El SiddiqueStanley February and Tyshan Wright – receive $25,000. The prize is generously supported by the Sobey Art Foundation.
“On behalf of the Sobey Art Foundation Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate Divya Mehrathis year’s winner along with the 25 long-listed artists who entered the 2022 Sobey Art Award,” said Bernard DoucetCEO, Sobey Art Foundation. “We are honored to celebrate the work, careers and creativity of such a dynamic group of visual artists and hope this award helps connect creative visions to audiences across Canada and all over the world.”
“We join our partner, the Sobey Art Foundation, in celebrating Divya Mehra as the 2022 Sobey Art Award winner,” said Angela CassieActing Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada. “We thank all of the incredible artists who have created dynamic experiences and enabled new ways to see us and our diverse histories. I thank the jurors for their thoughtful deliberations and for bringing their expertise to this process.”
“The 2022 Sobey Art Award jury has found by Divya Mehra extremely timely and sophisticated work to address systems of cultural representation, production and authority. Unconnected to a specific medium, the impact of Mehra’s practice extends beyond established artistic constructs. His approach is defined by his lively spirit, his disarmingly playful allure and his concern for language and aesthetics. His most recent explorations turn to questions of repatriation, ownership and patterns of cultural consumption that fundamentally involve both institutions and their publics,” said Jonathan Shaughnessy, Director of Curatorial Initiatives, NGC and Chair of the 2022 Sobey Art Award Jury.
“It’s really surreal to exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada with four outstanding and inspiring cultural practitioners from across the country. It is an honor to receive this award and I am so grateful to have my practice recognized in this way,” said Divya Mehra.
Divya Mehra incorporates found artifacts and readymade objects as active signifiers of resistance in a multitude of forms, including photo, video, film, sculpture, print, drawing, performance, installation and advertising. Her works recall the harsh realities of displacement, loss, neutrality and oppression.
Recent projects include Of India at Canada and back to India (There’s nothing I can own that you can’t take away) (2020), in which Mehra’s research for the exhibit led to the repatriation and institutional alienation of a looted artifact from India. Mehra holds an MFA from Colombia University
Representing the Prairies and Northern Region, Divya Mehrawinner of the 2022 Sobey Art Award, was chosen by a jury of experienced Canadian curators from coast to coast alongside an international jury, who selected 25 artists for the long list – five from each designated region of Canada. Then, one artist from each region was selected for the shortlist, ensuring representation of the breadth of contemporary practices from across the country.
The 2022 Sobey Art Award jury is made up of:
Rui Mateus AmaralAssistant Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto
John HamptonGeneral Manager and CEO, Mackenzie Art Gallery
Elliott RamseyCurator, The Polygon Gallery
Laura RitchieDirector, MSVU Art Gallery
Chery SimManaging Director and Curator, PHI Foundation for Contemporary Art
Franklin SirmanDirector, Perez Art Museum Miami
The works of the five artists shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award, including the winner, are currently presented in a dynamic exposure at the National Gallery of Canada visible until March 12, 2023.
About the Sobey Art Award
Globally recognized as one of the world’s most generous private prizes for contemporary visual artists, the Sobey Art Award is a catalyst that propels the careers of Canadian artists of all ages through financial support, an exhibition showcasing the practices of the five shortlisted artists, and national and international recognition.
Presented each year, the Sobey Art Award offers significant financial recognition and $400,000 the prizes are divided between the 25 nominated artists: $100,000 for the winner, $25,000 for the four shortlisted finalists, and $10,000 each for the artists of the long list.
A jury of experienced curators, including an international juror, selects 25 artists from the submitted nominations – five from each designated region of Canada – for the long list. One artist from each region is then selected by the jury for the shortlist.
About the National Gallery of Canada
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The National Gallery of Canada is dedicated to amplifying voices through art and expanding the reach and breadth of its collection, exhibition program and public activities to represent all Canadians, while centering the ways of knowing and be indigenous. Ankose—an Anishinaabemowin word meaning Everything is connected— reflects the Gallery’s mission to create dynamic experiences that open hearts and minds and enable new ways of seeing ourselves, each other and our diverse histories, through the visual arts. The NGC is home to a rich international collection of contemporary Indigenous art, as well as significant collections of historical and contemporary Canadian and European art from the 14e at 21st centuries. Founded in 1880, the National Gallery of Canada has played a key role in Canadian culture for over a century. To learn more about the Gallery’s programming and activities, visit gallery.ca and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and instagram. #Ankose #EverythingIsRelated #EverythingIsRelated.
About the Sobey Art Foundation
The Sobey Art Foundation was established in 1981 with a mandate to continue the work of entrepreneur and business leader, the late Frank H. Sobey, who was a dedicated collector of quality Canadian art. The Sobey Art Foundation continues the work begun by Frank H. Sobey, preserving representative examples of 19th and 20th century Canadian art. The Sobey Art Award, launched by the Foundation, took place in 2002, 2004, 2006 before becoming annual in 2007.
SOURCE National Gallery of Canada
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