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Foundwork Announces the Artist Prize 2023 Awardee

Foundwork awards Valerie Asiimwe Amani the 2023 Foundwork Artist Prize.

Foundwork is thrilled to announce that artist Valerie Asiimwe Amani—currently based in Oxford, UK—has been awarded the 2023 Foundwork Artist Prize. Now in its fifth year, the prize will grant Amani an unrestricted $10,000 and studio visits with each of our 2023 jury.

In addition, Catalina Ouyang, Clifford Prince King, and Sonia Almeida were named to Foundwork’s 2023 Short List. The honoree and three shortlisted artists will also participate in individual long-form interviews as part of Foundwork’s ongoing Dialogues program.

Our 2023 prize jury included five art luminaries—including two institutional curators, two gallerists, and an artist—based in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, and Medellín:

Alex Gartenfeld, Artistic Director at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.
Davida Nemeroff, Founder of Night Gallery in Los Angeles.
Shinique Smith, Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artist.
Emiliano Valdés, Chief Curator at the Medellín Museum of Modern Art.
Nicola Vassell, Founder of Nicola Vassell Gallery in New York City.

“Among many outstanding submissions, Valeria Asiimwe Amani’s work stood out for her captivating and compelling approach to performance. Amani’s wide-ranging works mix media in order to combine the artist’s subjectivity with narrative, through the lens of folklore and history. I look forward to following her compelling practice and am glad for the Foundwork Artist Prize to catalyze her studio’s advancement,” said Gartenfeld.

“Amani’s evolving, and diverse body of work felt fresh and worthy of recognition. Her work shined in great company with the three shortlisted artists. Reviewing such strong artists’ practices renewed my hope for the future of the field,” said Smith.

The Foundwork Artist Prize reflects the Los Angeles-based platform’s larger purpose to create visibility and engagement for emerging and mid-career artists, and to enable discourse and access between artists, curators, and collaborators globally. In 2022, we were proud to award the prize to artist and sculptor Dominique White.

About Valerie Asiimwe Amani

Valerie Asiimwe Amani is a Tanzanian artist and writer. Working through various physical and embodied mediums, her practice interrogates the ways in which body erotics, language, and the mythical are used to situate (or isolate) the self within community. She has exhibited internationally including a solo performance at South London Gallery with the Roberts Institute of Art, as well as group shows at Modern Art Oxford, The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art (Cape Town), and Hauser & Wirth (London). Amani is the recipient of the 2021 Ashmolean Museum Vivien Leigh Prize and the 2022 Ingram Prize, and her work has been featured in Art Monthly and Hyperallergic, among other publications. Amani holds an MFA from Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Art, where she is currently based while pursuing a practice-led PhD in Fine Art.

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