March 25, 2019

Emilja Škarnulyté Wins $100,000 Future Generation Art Prize

KIEV, UKRAINE—The Victor Pinchuk Foundation announced today that Lithuanian artist Emilija Škarnulytė has won the 2019 Future Generation Art Prize, which recognizes contemporary artists under thirty-five. Škarnulytė received $100,000 and was honored at an award ceremony that was held at the PinchukArtCentre in Kiev on Friday, March 22. A solo show of her work will be staged at the institution in 2020.

Commenting on Škarnulytė’s work t 1 / 2, the jury noted that it “found its scale, rhythm, and pace mesmerizing.” “Her use of video expands into a multi-dimensional experience, confronting many of the major issues facing humanity which are often left unspoken. Without being overtly didactic, the work stays open-ended and poetic while raising fundamental questions about where we come from, who we are and where we might end-up.”

The jury comprised Pablo León de la Barra, curator at large, Latin America, at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, New York; Björn Geldhof, artistic director of the PinchukArtCentre; Gabi Ngcobo, curator of the Tenth Berlin Biennale; Tim Marlow, artistic director of the Royal Academy of Arts, London; and Hoor Al Qasimi, president of the Sharjah Art Foundation and the International Biennial Association.

In addition, artists Gabrielle Goliath (South Africa) and Cooking Sections (UK) were named Special Prize winners and will each receive $10,000. Works by the shortlisted artists are currently on view at the PinchukArtCentre until April 7. The show will then travel to Venice, where it will be featured at the Palazzo Ca’ Tron as an official collateral event of the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale.

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