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Chimurenga Receives the Vera List Center’s 2018–20 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

NEW YORK—Chimurenga, a pan-African collective that supports editorial platforms, programs, artist resources, and the quarterly magazine The Chronic, has been named recipients of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics’ 2018–20 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice. The award will grant Chimurenga $25,000 and a short-term residency in New York, as well as the integration of its programs into New School classes, a conference, and a publication. The announcement was made at the center’s biennial forum on October 4, Alex Greenberger reports for Artnews.

Chimurenga was founded in 2002 by Nigerian writer and journalist Ntone Edjabe as a platform for writing, art, and politics about African by Africans. The collective’s name means “liberation struggle” in Shona. Among its projects are the journal Chimurenga Magazine, the Chimurenga Library, the African Cities Reader, and the online radio station Pan-African Space Station (PASS).

The Jane Lombard Prize jury was led by Koyo Kouoh, artistic director of the Dakar-based RAW Material Company, with Richard William Hill, Canada Research Chair at Emily Carr University of Art & Design; Carin Kuoni, Vera List Center director and chief curator; Nontobeko Ntombela, curator; UZma Z. Rizvi, associate professor in the Pratt Institute’s Anthropology and Urban Studies department; and Maya Wiley, senior vice president for social justice at the New School.

Finalists for the 2018–20 prize were Tiffany Chung, Naine Terena de Jesus, Emily and Annemarie Jacir, and Liz Johnson Artur. Past winners include Maria Thereza Alves, anonymous collective Abounaddara, and Theaster Gates.

October 5, 2018