Nástio Mosquito awarded the Future Generation Art Prize
Saturday 6th December, 2014
EVA 2014 artist and performer Nástio Mosquito has jointly been awarded the "Main Prize" of the third Future Generation Art Prize. The prize is the first global art prize for artists up to 35 founded by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation with the aim of acknowledgment and long-term support to a future generation of artists.
The winners were chosen by the international jury consisting of Francesco Bonami, curator, Director of the 50th Biennale di Venezia (Italy); Jan Fabre, artist (Belgium); Doris Salcedo, artist (Colombia); Eckhard Schneider, General Director of the PinchukArtCentre (Ukraine); Bisi Silva, independent curator, Director for the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (Nigeria); Adam Szymczyk, Artistic Director of dOCUMENTA 14 (Poland); and Philip Tinari, Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (China).
Joint winners Carlos Motta and Nástio Mosquito, both will present their solo shows in the PinchukArtCentre in Kyiv in autumn 2015.
Introducing Nástio Mosquito the jury stated: "Combining text, performance, video and installation in a distinctly original manner, Mosquito re-invents storytelling for our current moment. In complex vignettes that evoke a long tradition of spoken word poetry and musical improvisation, he brings an alternative dimension to the way in which we experience art, as well as the fraught realities of our global society.
"His seemingly playful performativity becomes a framework for addressing themes that range from colonial history to changing geopolitical dynamics to human relationships. To achieve this, technology as well as popular culture plays an important role through his integration of the tools of DJ's, VJ's, TV-shows, YouTube, and other devices characteristic of our media-saturated age. Mosquito's powerful personal presence, adept sense of spatial dynamics, and sharp humor combine to challenge our perceptions of what we consider comfortably familiar."