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Thursday, November 30, 2023

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, an Inuit Artist, received the Sobey Art Award

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory got this year’s Sobey Art Award for Rising Professionals.

The Iqaluit-based artist is well-known for her performances of uaajeerneq, a Greenlandic mask dance. The $100,000 award was presented to the Iqaluit-based Inuk multidisciplinary artist on Saturday at a National Gallery of Canada ceremony. She is well-known for her performances of uaajeerneq, a Greenlandic mask dance centered on three elements: humor, fear, and sexuality.

In a press release publishing the award, Williamson Bathory stated that she uses her art to tell her own and her family’s stories. Which she describes as “joy and celebration, wonder and difficulty, beauty and destruction all at once.”

Got The Sobey Art Award

‘Contrary to popular belief,’

The Sobey Art Foundation and the National Gallery of Canada jointly administer the Sobey Art Award, recognizing emerging talent in contemporary visual arts.

The jury included two international jurors as well as two Canadian collectors. Williamson Bathory “provocatively transforms the framework of references for contemporary art,” according to the press release.

“Through embodied life experience, Williamson Bathory’s performance practice fearlessly confronts preconceived conceptions,” the judges concluded. “Her paintings urge us to partake in a world rich with promise, imbued with the connection of land, family, community, and cultural knowledge.

Artist From Inuk

Williamson Bathory was chosen from a group of five artists, each represented a different region of Canada.

Lorna Bauer, Rémi Belliveau, Gabi Dao, And Rajni Perera, the other four shortlisted artists, received $25,000 each. They are currently on display at the National Gallery of Canada and Williamson Bathory until February 20, 2022. Each of the remaining 20 longlisted artists received $10,000.

Source: CBC News

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