March 1, 2024

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Aboriginal Collective proppaNOW Wins Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

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Aboriginal Collective proppaNOW Wins Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

The Vera Checklist Middle for Art and Politics has announced Australian Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW as the recipient of the 2022–24 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice. The Meanjin/Brisbane–based collective was chosen for the honor, which is attended by a $25,000 funds prize, for its  2021 exhibition “OCCURRENT AFFAIR,” at the College of Queensland Art Museum, showcasing new and the latest works by its users and addressing “current sociopolitical, economic and environmental troubles though celebrating the strength, resilience and continuity of Aboriginal culture,” in accordance to a curatorial statement.

Voting unanimously in their favor was an award jury chaired by Simone Leigh, who won the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Biennale, and in addition comprising Carin Kuoni, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Wanda Nanibush, and Rasha Salti. In a joint assertion, the jury associates praised proppaNOW for its initiatives in pushing again in opposition to “the invisibility of city Aboriginal modern art,” noting that it has “broken with expectations of what is correct (‘proppa’) in Aboriginal art made a new sovereign house for First Nations artists internationally outside the house colonial stereotypes, dreams for authenticity, and capitalist capitulations and opened new political imaginaries.”  

The Jane Lombard Prize, which honors fantastic achievements in artwork and politics and acknowledges artworks that progress social justice, took as its concept this calendar year “Correction.”  proppaNOW, which was recognized in 2003 to bring focus to urban Aboriginal artists and to overcome the classic expectations positioned on these artists by colonizers, was one particular of 5 finalists for the prize, alongside Colectivo Cherani for Cherán Cultural Middle Khalil Rabah for The Palestinian Museum of All-natural Background and Humankind KUNCI Examine Discussion board & Collective for University of Poor Schooling and The Africa Cluster of the An additional Roadmap College. The collective’s challenge will be exhibited at New York’s Vera Checklist Centre next drop.

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