Ogboh and Khalili Announced as Finalists for Hugo Boss Prize 2018
The Guggenheim Museum has shortlisted Bouchra Khalili, Simone Leighs, Teresa Margolles, Emeka Ogboh, Frances Startk and Wu Tsang as finalists for the 2018 Hugo Boss Prize, which honours one artist every two years.
The prize honours outstanding achievement in contemporary art, celebrating the work of remarkable artists whose practices are among the most innovative and influential of our time. Established in 1996, it sets no restrictions on age, gender, nationality, or medium.
Since its inception in 1996, the Hugo Boss Prize has been awarded to Matthew Barney (1996), Douglas Gordon (1998), Marjetica Potrč (2000), Pierre Huyghe (2002), Rirkrit Tiravanija (2004), Tacita Dean (2006), Emily Jacir (2008), Hans-Peter Feldmann (2010), Danh Vo (2012), Paul Chan (2014), and Anicka Yi (2016). Work by each artist who receives the award is presented in a solo exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Among the 6 finalists are Ogboh from Nigeria and Khalili, a Moroccan – French artist.. The announcement was made by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s artistic director and chief curator Nancy Spector. The artists were applauded for “exploring urgent social issues, and providing new artistic vocabulary through which to examine personal and universal themes.”
Emeka Ogboh works with sound and installation and is best known for his soundscapes of life in Lagos. Ogboh connects to places with his senses of hearing and taste and his audio installations explore how private, public, and collective memories and histories are translated, transformed and encoded into sound and sonority. These works contemplate how sound captures existential relationships, frames our understanding of the world, and provides a context in which to ask critical questions around immigration, globalisation and post colonialism.
Born in Casablanca, Bouchra Khalili studied film at Sorbonne Nouvelle and visual arts at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy.
Working with film, video, installation, photography, and prints, Khaliliʼs practice articulates language, subjectivity, orality, and geographical explorations. Each of her projects investigates strategies and discourses of resistance as elaborated, developed, and narrated by individuals, often members of political minorities.
Juried by an international panel of distinguished museum directors, curators, and critics, including; Nancy Spector, Dan Fox, co-editor of Frieze magazine; Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, curator for the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros; Bisi Silva, the artistic director of the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos; Susan Thompson, an associate curator at the Guggenheim; and Joan Young, the director of curatorial affairs at the Guggenheim, the award is administered by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and carries an award of $100,000.
Like other recent developments in the art scene, the selection of the artists for the Boss Prize shortlist and the ultimate choice of the winner seems to be inflected by the political turmoil of the moment. In a statement released, the jurors revealed they are attentive to how each artist “pursues deeply existential inquiries into individual struggles, as well as those with broader social resonances … and have demonstrated a commitment to bringing art to the centre of timely debates in society.”
The winner will be announced in the fall of 2018.
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