Kapwani Kiwanga wins 2018 Sobey Art Award,Canada?s most prestigious contemporary art prize
OTTAWA, November 14, 2018 ? Kapwani Kiwanga, representing the Ontario region, is the winner of the 2018 Sobey Art Award, confirming her position as a rising star in the Canadian contemporary art scene. The award was announced at the annual Sobey Art Award gala held Wednesday evening at the National Gallery of Canada.
Upon receiving the award from Ursula Johnson, last year?s winner, Kapwani Kiwanga said:
?The Sobey Art Award is a humbling encouragement to continue to make work that asks us to look anew at society and its past while allowing us to imagine unbounded possibilities. The award affords me the opportunity to create conditions which will allow me to focus more intently on my work and push it further in the years to come. I am honoured to be included amongst this group of talented artists whose strong voices remind us of art's potential to both move and challenge. I am thankful to all those who have believed, encouraged, supported, called into question, trusted, taken issue, pushed, shared, disputed, and cared.?
Kapwani Kiwanga is the fifteenth Canadian artist under 40 to win the distinguished annual award, which is valued this year at Can$100,000. The four other finalists: Jordan Bennett, representing the Atlantic region; Jon Rafman, from Québec; Joi T. Arcand, representing the Prairies and the North and Jeneen Frei Njootli from the West Coast and Yukon; each take home Can$25,000. The 2018 Sobey Art Award Jury was impressed with Kapwani Kiwanga?s critically engaged and visually compelling work.