The Art Newspaper Covers Suneil Sanzgiri’s UOVO Prize Announcement
The film-maker Suneil Sanzgiri, who in recent years has gained recognition for a trilogy of films that entwines histories and legacies of colonialism and migrations across the Global South, is the winner of the fourth annual UOVO Prize presented by the Brooklyn Museum. The prize, established and funded by the art storage provider UOVO, recognises the work of emerging Brooklyn-based artists. It includes a $25,000 unrestricted cash grant, a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and a public art commission to temporarily revamp the 50-by-50-ft facade of UOVO’s facility in Bushwick. Sanzgiri will present a segment from his first feature-length film in what will be his first solo show. It will debut in tandem with the public commission later this year.
“Using a range of imaging technologies to meditate on what it means to see at a distance, Sanzgiri’s work poetically explores the complexities of diasporic identity, anticolonialism and nationalism,” the museum’s photography curator, Drew Sawyer, who will curate the exhibition, said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to supporting Sanzgiri’s upcoming feature-length film project and sharing his deeply thoughtful practice with our audiences.”
Sanzgiri is best known for a series of three short films, released between 2019 and 2021, that pull on the threads of the tumultuous history of the Indian state of Goa. Interweaving anti-imperialist revolutionary struggles with the shaping of his own family and identity, they draw on sources from Indian cinema to Portuguese literature to video of present-day conversations with his father. The films seamlessly traverse time and place, and use various media to explore the material and immaterial traces of resistance.
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