Kader Attia, 2017 Joan Miró Prize

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Kader Attia, 2017 Joan Miró Prize

The Franco-Algerian artist Kader Attia has won the sixth edition of the Joan Miró Prize. The prize, which is awarded by Fundació Joan Miró and Obra Social "la Caixa", is one of the most prestigious and generous contemporary art awards in the world. The jury highlighted the breadth of his artistic research, especially with regard to the lingering effects of colonialism, his encyclopedic elaboration of the notion of "repair," and his passionate engagement with current affairs. "la Caixa" Foundation will provide the cash prize of €70,000 and cover the cost of producing a monographic exhibition of Attia’s work, to be held in 2018 at Fundació Joan Miró.

Rosa Maria Malet, director of Fundació Joan Miró and Elisa Durán, General Director of "la Caixa" Foundation, have announced the winner of the 2017 Joan Miró Prize. The winner of the sixth edition of the prize, which is awarded every two years, is Kader Attia. Past recipients include Olafur Eliasson, Pipilotti Rist, Mona Hatoum, Roni Horn, and Ignasi Aballí. The 2017 Joan Miró Prize jury was composed of Iwona Blazwick, director of Whitechapel Gallery (London), Magnus af Petersens, director of Bonniers Konsthall (Stockholm), Alfred Pacquement, former director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Nimfa Bisbe, Head of the "la Caixa" Foundation contemporary art collection, and Rosa Maria Malet, director of Fundació Joan Miró (Barcelona). The jury members chose among a pool of possible candidates with outstanding, innovative careers based on creative freedom akin to the work and spirit of Joan Miró. Specifically, in its statement, the jury members lauded "Attia’s passionate engagement with current affairs and with the shared fate of humanity [which] has close links to Joan Miró’s involvement in the critical episodes that marked his generation, while Attia’s unique take on complex, often traumatic, human relationships across cultures resonates with Miró’s universal aspirations."