The first edition of the Frieze Artist Award, accompanied by $30,000 to create an open-air installation at Frieze New York (4-6 May 2018), was presented to winning Canadian-born, Paris-based artist Kapwani Kiwanga.
Following an international open call that saw hundreds of applications from 50+ countries, Kiwanga’s project proposal was selected by a jury comprising Loring Randolph, Frieze artistic director; Liam Gillick, artist; Eungie Joo, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art curator; and Pablo León de la Barra, independent curator.
Her proposal for a work tentatively entitled Shady outlines a large-scale sculpture made of metal and shade cloth, referencing common African farming materials. Due to be installed by the entrance of the fair, Kiwanga’s work will incorporate passageways and openings to invite and obstruct movement, recalling colonial appropriation and manipulation of natural environments for economic gains.
Curated by Adrienne Edwards, curator at large at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, who released in a statement: “I’m thrilled to be launching the Artist Award at Frieze New York with such a strong, thought-provoking artist. Kapwani’s rigorous research and imaginative approach confront audiences with the raw materials and elemental structures of power. I’m looking forward to experiencing Kapwani’s ambitious artwork in Randall’s Island Park, which will ask poignant questions about our built environment and human histories of control.”
Frieze Artist Award is supported by the Luma Foundation.