Afghan Artist Aziz wins major art prize

Afghan Artist Aziz wins major art prize

KABUL (Tolo News): Aziz Hazara, a young Afghan artist based in Berlin and Kabul, Afghanistan, has won the Future Generation Art Prize with a take-home prize of $100,000, ARTnews reported. According to ARTnews, the Future Generation Art Prize is one of the biggest awards for emerging artists.
Hazara has won the prize because of a video installation piece featuring young Afghans. The prize is awarded by the Pinchuk Art Center, a private museum in Kyiv founded by collector Victor Pinchuk. In addition to Hazara, three other artists have also been awarded prizes, each with a $20,000 purse. The works of the artists are currently on view in a show of the shortlisted nominees at the Pinchuk Art Center, ARTnews reported.
The Future Generation Prize is awarded to artists who are younger than 35. Hazara won for his video installation Bow Echo (2019), which was featured in the 2020 edition of the Biennale of Sydney. In the five-screen work, young boys are shown ascending treacherous mountaintops, where they blow plastic bugles amid windy conditions.
Hazara has said the work is a response to the resistance of the local community within Kabul, where he was born and which has been war-torn since US military intervention began in 2001.
“Touching on cinema, performance, and sound, Bow Echo offers a striking time-based monument to resilience and hope for a geography that has, for many generations, remained under the pressure of various forms of failed governance,” the prize jury said in a statement. “At the same time, the piece shows how artists continue to imagine complex independent ways of existence even amidst conflicts that seem never-ending.”

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