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UOVO Unveils Fourth Annual UOVO Prize Mural

August 4, 2023

UOVO, the leading storage and services provider for art, fashion, wine and collectibles, unveiled the fourth annual UOVO Prize mural yesterday, August 3, 2023 in Brooklyn, NY. In partnership with the Brooklyn Museum, the event celebrated Suneil Sanzgiri, recipient of the UOVO Prize and creator of this year’s mural.

The 50-square-foot mural features a line from Kashmiri-American Agha Shahid Ali’s 1997 poem “Farewell.” The words “YOUR HISTORY GETS IN THE WAY OF MY MEMORY” are re-positioned as a banner within a banner, floating in an endless ocean of doubt, pointing to how the concepts of history and memory continue to be entangled in struggles around the world.

Sanzgiri was commissioned to create the public mural for the facade of UOVO’s storage facility in Bushwick, Brooklyn as part of the UOVO Prize. In addition to the mural commission, Sanzgiri is awarded a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and a $25,000 cash grant. Now in its fourth year, the UOVO Prize recognizes the talent of emerging Brooklyn-based artists.

Suneil Sanzgiri: Here the Earth Grows Gold, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition, will be on view at the Brooklyn Museum from October 27, 2023 through May 5, 2024.

Fourth Annual UOVO Prize Winner Suneil Sanzgiri addresses attendees at the unveiling event for his UOVO Prize Mural at UOVO Brooklyn in Bushwick. (Madison Voelkel/BFA)
Event attendees Catherine Futter, Judy Sussman, Sonjie Solomon, Beatrice Johnson, Carmen Hermo, Drew Sawyer, Suneil Sanzgiri, Baseera Khan, Steve Guttman, Sharon Atkins, and Anne Pasternak. (Madison Voelkel/BFA)
Suneil Sanzgiri and exhibition curator Drew Sawyer. (Madison Voelkel/BFA)
Suneil Sanzgiri poses in front of his UOVO Prize Mural on the facade of UOVO Brooklyn. (Madison Voelkel/BFA)

About UOVO

UOVO is the nation’s leading storage and logistics provider for art, fashion, archives, and collectibles, with state-of-the-art facilities in New York, Delaware, Florida, California, Colorado, and Texas. Founded by collectors who sought a new standard of care for artworks, UOVO is operated by an expert team of industry professionals and offers bespoke solutions to meet the specialized needs of any collection. UOVO’s services include climate-controlled storage, private viewing galleries, local transportation, international shipping, installation, packing, archival photography, digital inventory management, art finance, optional loss protection, and more.

About The Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum contains one of the nation’s most comprehensive and wide-ranging collections, enhanced by a distinguished record of exhibitions, scholarship, and service to the public. The Museum’s vast holdings span five thousand years of human creativity from cultures in every corner of the globe. Collection highlights include the ancient Egyptian holdings, renowned for objects of the highest quality, and the American collections, which are unrivaled in their diversity, from Native American art and artifacts and Spanish colonial painting, to nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American painting, sculpture, and decorative objects. The Museum is also home to the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, which is dedicated to the study and exhibition of feminist art and is the only curatorial center of its kind. The Brooklyn Museum is both a leading cultural institution and a community museum. Located in the heart of Brooklyn, the Museum welcomes and celebrates the diversity of its home borough and city. Few, if any, museums in the country attract an audience as varied with respect to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational background, and age as that of the Brooklyn Museum.

About Suneil Sanzgiri

Suneil Sanzgiri’s work has been screened extensively at festivals and arts venues around the world, including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, True/False Film Fest, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Doclisboa, Viennale, e-flux, REDCAT, Menil Collection, Block Museum, MASS MoCA, moCa Cleveland, Le Cinéma Club, and Criterion Collection. He has won awards at the BlackStar Film Festival, Open City Documentary Festival, Images Festival, Videoex, and more. In addition to Sentient.Art.Film’s inaugural Line of Sight Fellowship, Sanzgiri has completed residencies and fellowships at SOMA, MacDowell, Pioneer Works, and Flaherty NYC. His work has been supported by grants from Creative Capital, the Jerome Foundation, NYSCA, Field of Vision, and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. He was named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in Filmmaker magazine’s fall 2021 issue and was included in Art in America’s “New Talent” issue in 2022. Sanzgiri graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) with a master of science in art, culture, and technology in 2017. He is currently working on his first feature-length film.