Artist Kapwani Kiwanga takes Prix Marcel Duchamp

The Paris-based Canadian artist is the recipient of the prestigious French arts award

Photo courtesy Bertille Chérot

The recipient of the prestigious French arts award, the Prix Marcel Duchamp, is the Paris-based, Canadian artist Kapwani Kiwanga. She has received the EUR35,000 prize, for her work Flowers of Africa (2012-ongoing), an installation featuring 13 floral arrangements referencing the independence of African countries.

Centre Pompidou director Bernard Blistène said in a statement: ‘The richness and complexity of Kapwani Kiwanga’s project, bordering on a reflection between anthropology and art, opens up a vast poetic and political programme, a true laboratory of today’s thought on memory and archives as sources of the world’s transfiguration.’

The shortlist for this year’s prize – founded by the Association for the International Dissemination of French Art and now in its 20th edition – was comprised of Kiwanga, Alice Anderson, Hicham Berrada, and Enrique Ramírez. The nominees’s work will be exhibited until 4 January 2021 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

The 2020 jurors included Blistène, Chris Dercon, Gilles Fuchs, Michèle Guyot-Roze, Gitte Ørskou, Akemi Shiraha and Marie-Cécile Zinsou. Winners of previous editions include Kader Attia, Cyprien Gaillard, Clément Cogitore and Éric Baudelaire.

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