Multidisciplinary artists whose work explore themes including diasporic experiences and Indigenous feminism are among those shortlisted for the 2022 Sobey Art Award.
The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada announced five artists in contention for the $100,000 prize for contemporary visual art.
Each of the four shortlisted finalists gets $25,000.
The nominees include Tyshan Wright, an artist-in-residence fellow at Halifax’s NSCAD University whose mixed-media works examine the expulsion of Maroons from Jamaica to Halifax in 1796; and Krystle Silverfox of the Selkirk First Nation (Wolf Clan) who lives on the territory of the Tr’ondek Hwech’in Dawson City, Yukon and is inspired by Indigenous feminism, transnationalism and de-colonialism.
Also on the short list are Quebec multidisciplinary artist Stanley Fevrier, whose background in social work is linked to his creations; Ontario artist Azza El Siddique, who opens a solo exhibit this month at the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, Mass.; and Prairie artist Divya Mehra, whose work deals primarily with her own diasporic experiences and historical narratives.
The winner will be announced at a gala ceremony at the National Gallery of Canada this fall.
Founded in 2002, the Sobey Art Award is funded by the Sobey Art Foundation and organized and presented by the National Gallery of Canada.
An independent jury of curators from across Canada, and one international juror, oversaw the long list and were part of deliberations for the short list.
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