With 21 shortlisted artists representing 17 countries, the Future Generation Art Prize
—presented by Ukraine’s PinchukArtCentre
—is one of the most international out there. We take a look at the practices of the two prize winners, just announced, below.
Colombian artist Carlos Motta’s wide-ranging and deeply research-based projects and “social sculptures,” as he calls them, focus on marginalized communities and issues of gender identity and politics, subverting dominant historical narratives. At the Future Generation Art Prize 2014 exhibition, he presents a video, a series of pencil-and-watercolor drawings, and a 16th-century padlock, alongside other works.
Recently named one of the Guardian
’s 10 African artists to watch
, Angolan artist Nástio Mosquito creates hypnotic and wry music and video works that engage with African stereotypes, politics, and social dynamics. At the Future Generation Art Prize 2014 exhibition, he presents videos in which he plays the central performer, and a series of pillows on which the text “Let Me Kiss Your Butt Cheek, I’ll Let You Kiss Mine!” appears, playfully probing the way humans interact with each other’s bodies.