Awards: Serious Winners
By Monica Fernandez
Cultural prizes recognized border-spanning influences. The Hasselblad Award honored Dayanita Singh, the first South Asian artist to win the Swedish photography prize. In Japan, artist-activist Ai Weiwei received the Praemium Imperiale prize for sculpture while multimedia artist Shahzia Sikander nabbed the Fukuoka Arts and Culture Prize. The Venice Biennale jury bestowed the Silver Lion on interdisciplinary Lebanese artist Ali Cherri. Uzbek filmmaker Saodat Ismailova took home Amsterdam’s Eye Art & Film Prize. In New York, Indigenous arts collective proppaNOW received the 2022–24 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice from the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. Veteran pyrotechnic artist Cai Guo-Qiang was conferred the Asian Cultural Council’s John D. Rockefeller 3rd Award and was named Honorary Academician of 2022 by the Academy of Fine Arts of Carrara, in Italy.