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Candice Lin, La Charada China (Tobacco Version), 2019. Courtesy of the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles. Photo: Kell Yang-Sammataro.
Candice Lin, La Charada China (Tobacco Version), 2019. Courtesy of the artist and François Ghebaly, Los Angeles. Photo: Kell Yang-Sammataro.

Prospect New Orleans Announces Artist List for Prospect.5

Prospect New Orleans has released the artist list for the 2020 edition of the international contemporary art triennial. Curated by artistic directors Naima J. Keith and Diana Nawi, “Prospect.5: Yesterday We Said Tomorrow” will feature the work of fifty-one artists and collectives and will take place at museums, cultural spaces, and public sites throughout New Orleans from October 24 to January 24, 2021.

Commenting on the theme of the triennial, which takes its title from New Orleans–born jazz musician Christian Scott’s socially conscious 2010 album Yesterday You Said Tomorrow, Nawi said: “We started with an investigation into how the past informs the present, looking to a diverse and intergenerational group of artists whose work contends with questions of history in a breadth of ways. ‘Yesterday We Said Tomorrow’ reflects the many ways contemporary artists are working to understand our moment.”

The majority of artists participating in the event are producing new works. Highlights include a new film by Tiona Nekkia McClodden that focuses on ancestry and migration in the city and the surrounding area; a series of ceramic works referencing New Orleans’s nineteenth-century meat industry by Candice Lin; and a multimedia presentation centered on the work of women healers, religious leaders, and spiritualists in the region by the Neighborhood Story Project. Prospect.5 has also invited five artists—Mark Bradford, Willie Birch, Dave McKenzie, Wangechi Mutu, and Nari Ward—from its first edition to participate.

Keith remarked: “One of the key features of Prospect has always been the vibrancy and complexity of New Orleans itself and our exhibition seeks to be attuned to that. We brought together what feels like a truly diverse group of artists, ranging from emerging to leading voices in the field, around ideas. We wanted to take on ambitious projects with emerging artists, to revisit familiar names through bold new endeavors, and to undertake an in depth look at the work of recent art history.” 

The complete artist list is as follows:

Laura Aguilar (b. 1959, San Gabriel, California; d. 2018, Los Angeles)

Katrina Andry (b. 1981, New Orleans; lives in New Orleans)

Keni Anwar (b. 1993, New Orleans; lives in New Orleans)

Felipe Baeza (b. 1987, Guanajuato, Mexico; lives in Brooklyn, New York) 

Kevin Beasley (b. 1985, Lynchburg, Virginia; lives in New York)

Ron Bechet (b. 1956, New Orleans; lives in New Orleans)

Paul Stephen Benjamin (b. 1966, Chicago; lives in Atlanta)

Dawoud Bey (b. 1953, New York; lives in Chicago)

Willie Birch (b. 1942, New Orleans; lives in New Orleans)

Dineo Seshee Bopape (b. 1981, Polokwane, South Africa; lives in Johannesburg)

Phoebe Boswell (b. 1982, Nairobi; lives in London)

Mark Bradford (b. 1961, Los Angeles; lives in Los Angeles)

Beverly Buchanan (b. 1940, North Carolina; d. 2015, Michigan)

Barbara Chase-Riboud (b. 1939, Philadelphia; lives in Paris and Rome) 

Cooking Sections (Alon Schwabe and Daniel Fernández Pascual; established in London, 2013; live in London)

Adriana Corral (b. 1983, El Paso; lives in Houston) 

Jamal Cyrus (b. 1973, Houston; lives in Houston)

Karon Davis (b. 1977, Reno, Nevada; lives in Los Angeles)

Celeste Dupuy-Spencer (b. 1979, New York; lives in Los Angeles)

George Dureau (b. 1930, New Orleans; d. 2014, New Orleans)

ektor garcia (b. 1985, Red Bluff, California; lives in Mexico, New York, and elsewhere)

Sharon Hayes (b. 1970, Baltimore; lives in Philadelphia)

EJ Hill (b. 1985, Los Angeles; lives in Los Angeles)

Sky Hopinka (b. 1984, Ferndale, Washington; lives in Bellingham, Washington)

Elliott Hundley (b. 1975, Greensboro, North Carolina; lives in Los Angeles) 

Jennie C. Jones (b. 1968, Cincinnati; lives in Hudson, New York)

Josh Kun (b. 1971, Los Angeles; lives in Los Angeles)

Mimi Lauter (b. 1982, San Francisco; lives in Los Angeles)

Simone Leigh (b. 1967, Chicago; lives in New York)

Tau Lewis (b. 1993, Toronto; lives in Toronto)

Glenn Ligon (b. 1960, New York; lives in New York)

Candice Lin (b. 1979, Concord, Massachusetts; lives in Los Angeles)

Tiona Nekkia McClodden (b. 1981, Blytheville, Arkansas; lives in Philadelphia)

Dave McKenzie (b. 1977, Kingston, Jamaica; lives in New York)

Rodney McMillian (b. 1969, Columbia, South Carolina; lives in Los Angeles)

Wangechi Mutu (b. 1972, Nairobi; lives in Nairobi and New York)

The Neighborhood Story Project (founded in 2004; based in New Orleans)

Hương Ngô (b. 1979, Hong Kong; lives in Chicago)

Jennifer Packer (b. 1984, Philadelphia; lives in New York)

Malcolm Peacock (b. 1994, Raleigh, North Carolina; lives in New Orleans)

Anastasia Pelias (b. 1959, New Orleans; lives in New Orleans)

Naudline Pierre (b. 1989, Leomister, Massachusetts; lives in New York)

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, California; lives in New York)

Eric-Paul Riege (b. 1994, Gallup, New Mexico; lives in Gallup, New Mexico)

Jamilah Sabur (b. 1987, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica; lives in Miami)

Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (b. 1972, San Juan, Puerto Rico; lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Welmon Sharlhorne (b. 1952, Houma, Louisiana; lives in New Orleans)

Kiki Smith (b. 1954, Nuremberg, Germany; lives in New York)

Carlos Villa (b. 1936, San Francisco; d. 2013, San Francisco)

Nari Ward (b. 1963, Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica; lives in New York)

Cosmo Whyte (b. 1982, St. Andrew Parish, Jamaica; lives in Atlanta)