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Mosaic artist wins $12,500 Pinchuk Art Centre Prize

Zhanna Kadyrova’s work reinvents Soviet traditions of public art

Zhanna Kadyrova in front of her mosaic work, “Monumental Propaganda”. Photo: PinchukArtCentre © 2013, by Sergey Illin

The Ukrainian mosaic artist and sculptor Zhanna Kadyrova, whose work plays on Soviet traditions of public art, has been awarded the 2013 Pinchuk Art Centre Prize. The biennial award recognises the work of Ukrainian artists aged 35 or younger. Kadyrova wall-sized piece “Monumental Propaganda” is currently on view in Kiev along with the work of the 20 other shortlisted artists, until 5 January 2014.

In addition to the $12,500 main prize, Kadyrova wins a one-month residency at the studio of an “internationally renowned artist” (past hosts include Antony Gormley and Olafur Eliasson). She will also automatically make the short list for the Pinchuk Art Centre’s Future Generation Art Prize next year, which is open to young artists from around the world.

This isn’t the first accolade for Kadyrova. Last year, she won Ukraine’s other prestigious art prize, the Kazimir Malevich Artist Award, and represented the country at this year’s Venice Biennale. She was also award the Pinchuk Art Centre Special Prize in 2011.

The winners of the Special Prizes this year were the artist collective Open Group, Lada Nakonechna and Daniil Galkin, while Anatoly Belov received the Public Choice Prize.

Zhanna Kadyrova's “Monumental Propaganda”, 2013
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13 Dec 13
15:34 CET


Congratulations! Zhanna. Wonderful award and enjoy the art residency! Sandy Robertson OzMosaics Australia.

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