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Main pageNewsJapanese artist Meiro Koizumi won the People’s Choice Award of the Future Generation Art Prize 2012

Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi won the People’s Choice Award of the Future Generation Art Prize 2012

15 January 2013

According to the results of the Internet voting, taking place from November 9, 2012 till January 13, 2013 via the PinchukArtCentre website, Japanese artist Meiro Koizumi won the People’s Choice Prize of the Future Generation Art Prize 2012. The People’s Prize is not a cash award and serves as a symbol of recognition of the audience who could vote online for all 21 shortlisted artists.

At the PinchukArtCentre Koizumi presented a combination of three works, including one new video piece. All three share a common theme of self-sacrifice for the mother nation. Koizumi shows the stoic behavioural patterns that we would expect to see in this context and goes deeper in search of personal emotion, black humour and guilt.

The winner of the Main Prize was selected and announced at the Award Ceremony in Kyiv, Ukraine, December 7, 2012 by the international jury consisting of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev (Germany), Agnaldo Farias (Brasil), Massimiliano Gioni  (USA), Carol Yinghua Lu (China), Hans Ulrich Obrist (United Kingdom), Eckhard Schneider (Ukraine), and Nancy Spector (USA).

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, a British artist, is the Main Prize Winner of the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. Lynette will receive $100,000 award, $60,000 in cash and $40,000 to be invested in the production of her new works.

Jonathas de Andrade (Brazil), Micol Assael (Italy), Ahmet Ögüt (Turkey), Rayyane Tabet (Lebanon), and Marwa Arsanios (Lebanon) shared the Special Prize, according to the decision of the Jury.

Initial amount of $20,000 to fund artist-in-residency programs supporting their further development will be increased considering the number or artists who received the Special Prize in 2012. Victor Pinchuk, the founder of the Future Generation Art Prize mentioned it in his speech at the Ceremony.

The exhibition of the 21 shortlisted artists for the second edition of the Future Generation Art Prize was open till January 13, 2013, at the PinchukArtCentre. The shortlist included: Jonathas de Andrade, 30 (Brazil), Meris Angioletti, 34 (Italy), Marwa Arsanios, 33 (Lebanon), Micol Assael, 33 (Italy), Abigail DeVille, 30 (United States), Aurelien Froment, 35 (France), Mykyta Kadan,29 (Ukraine), Meiro Koizumi, 35 (Japan), Andre Komatsu, 33 (Brazil), Eva Kotatkova, 29 (Czech Republic), Tala Madani, 30 (Iran), Basim Magdy, 34 (Egypt), Ahmet Ögüt, 30 (Turkey), Amalia Pica, 33 (Argentina), Agnieszka Polska, 27 (Poland), Emily Roysdon, 34 (United States), Rayyane Tabet, 28 (Lebanon), Yan Xing, 26 (China), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, 34 (United Kingdom), and two groups: Joao Maria Gusmao + Pedro Paiva, 33, 34 (Portugal), and R.E.P. (Ukraine).

Nominated artists including winners will also take part at the Future Generation Art Prize@Venice group exhibition organized by the PinchukArtCentre as the collateral event of the Biennale di Venezia in 2013. And Lynette Yiadom-Boakye as the Main Prize Winner will present her solo show in the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv the next autumn.

The 20 shortlisted artists represent 16 different countries. They have been selected from more than 4,000 applications received from 134 countries spread across all continents. The 21st nominee for the Future Generation Art Prize is Mykyta Kadan, the winner of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2011, the first national contemporary art prize awarded to young Ukrainian artists under 35.

In 2010, a Brazilian artist Cinthia Marcelle was the first person to win the Main Prize of the global art prize for young artists under 35. Mircea Nicolae from Romania was the only artist to be awarded Special Prize according to the decision of the Jury.