Aboriginal Collective proppaNOW Wins Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

The Vera Listing Centre for Artwork and Politics has declared Australian Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW as the receiver of the 2022–24 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice. The Meanjin/Brisbane–based collective was selected for the honor, which is attended by a $25,000 dollars prize, for its  2021 exhibition “OCCURRENT AFFAIR,” at the University of Queensland Artwork Museum, showcasing new and modern will work by its customers and addressing “current sociopolitical, financial and environmental challenges whilst celebrating the energy, resilience and continuity of Aboriginal society,” in accordance to a curatorial statement.

Voting unanimously in their favor was an award jury chaired by Simone Leigh, who won the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Biennale, and on top of that comprising Carin Kuoni, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Wanda Nanibush, and Rasha Salti. In a joint statement, the jury users praised proppaNOW for its initiatives in pushing back towards “the invisibility of urban Aboriginal up to date art,” noting that it has “broken with expectations of what is proper (‘proppa’) in Aboriginal artwork developed a new sovereign house for Initial Nations artists internationally outdoors colonial stereotypes, desires for authenticity, and capitalist capitulations and opened new political imaginaries.”  

The Jane Lombard Prize, which honors excellent achievements in artwork and politics and acknowledges artworks that progress social justice, took as its theme this yr “Correction.”  proppaNOW, which was established in 2003 to deliver awareness to city Aboriginal artists and to fight the conventional expectations put on this sort of artists by colonizers, was a single of 5 finalists for the prize, along with Colectivo Cherani for Cherán Cultural Middle Khalil Rabah for The Palestinian Museum of Normal Background and Humankind KUNCI Research Forum & Collective for School of Inappropriate Instruction and The Africa Cluster of the A further Roadmap University. The collective’s undertaking will be exhibited at New York’s Vera Checklist Center following fall.

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