Installation view of Mariane Ibrahim Gallery’s booth at the Armory Show, 2017. Photo: Adam Reich

Mariane Ibrahim Gallery Wins Armory Show’s $10,000 Presents Booth Prize

The Armory Show announced that its inaugural Presents Booth Prize, which honors exceptional and innovative gallery presentations, has been awarded to Seattle’s Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. Founder Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt will receive $10,000 for her presentation of works by Ghanaian German multidisciplinary artist Zohra Opoku, who often explores the sophistication of textile cultures and the political and psychological roles that fashion plays in African history.

“We are deeply humbled and honored to receive this prize,” Ibrahim-Lenhardt said. “I’d like to dedicate it to the presented artist, Zohra Opoku, whose commitment and excellence in her art practice has helped bring new narratives into an exciting global narrative. And, this Presents Prize also aligns with the recognition of African descent contributions in the arts industry.”

Presents is a platform for young galleries no more than ten years old to showcase recent work from emerging artists. Benjamin Genocchio, executive director of the Armory Show, said, “We are so thrilled to have this exceptional jury of curators and collectors here supporting this initiative and [are] thankful to Athena Art Finance for their generous and enthusiastic support. Each of our participating Presents galleries deserves recognition for their outstanding presentations this year and for their enduring contribution to the fair’s overall quality and experience.”

An international jury of Netherlands-based collector Renee Drake, New Museum artistic director Massimiliano Gioni, SculptureCenter curator Ruba Katrib, Brussels-based collector Alan Servais, and New York–based collector Carole Server selected Mariane Ibrahim Gallery from a pool of thirty galleries. Established in 2012, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery focuses on providing a global platform for contemporary art from Africa.