Avni Sethi Wins Vera Record Heart’s Jane Lombard Prize for Artwork and Social Justice

Avni Sethi Wins Vera List Center’s Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

The Vera Record Heart for Artwork and Politics at New York’s New Faculty has named Avni Sethi because the recipient of the 2020–2022 Jane Lombard Prize for Artwork and Social Justice. Sethi was awarded the $25,000 prize for Conflictorium, a participatory museum of battle she based in 2013 within the metropolis of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India. The choice was reached unanimously by a jury chaired by Candice Hopkins and comprising Ivet Curlin, Natasha Ginwala, Carin Kuoni, Tamara Oyola-Santiago, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta.

The Jane Lombard 2020–2022 fellows, all finalists for the prize, embody Jorge González for Escuela de Oficios, a collective and platform centered on amplifying marginalized Boricua (Puerto Rican) tradition; NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati for Nepal Image Library, a digital picture archive and public engagement initiative devoted to preserving Nepali social and cultural historical past; Emeka Okereke for Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Group, a collective greatest identified for his or her continental highway journeys that discover the colonial legacies and misconceptions of Africa by images and different arts; and techno music collective Underground Resistance for Submerge, the storied Detroit-based distribution firm and document store.

By integrating legislation, artwork, tradition, and science, Conflictorium seeks to facilitate community-led options to violence by exhibitions, workshops, and movie screenings in addition to coverage. “Deeply embedded within the surrounding communities of Ahmedabad, Conflictorium is opening up histories of particular person and collective trauma and holding area for difficult and troublesome conversations,” the jury mentioned in a press release. “The museum operates inside a sophisticated political context and is an mental and moral sanctuary within the area—notably at a time when democracy and fundamental human rights, together with spiritual freedoms, are beneath assault, in Gujarat, and elsewhere on this planet.” Sethi, who’s skilled as an interdisciplinary designer and dancer, will carry Conflictorium to New York by way of an exhibition slated for 2021.

Earlier winners of the Jane Lombard Prize for Artwork and Social Justice embody the pan-African platform Chimurenga, Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, and the Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves. The Vera Record Heart renamed its biennial prize in 2018 to honor gallerist Jane Lombard, who donated $5 million to the establishment in 2018.


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