Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Fellowship Recipients Announced

The Rockefeller Foundation announced the inaugural recipients of its Bellagio Creative Arts Fellowships: Mona Hatoum, Kofi Setordji, and Shahzia Sikander. Nominated and chosen by an advisory panel of curators, artists, and art scholars, the fellowship recipients will be provided with three-month residencies in a private apartment with studio space on the grounds of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, adjacent to northern Italy’s Lake Como.

Hatoum became widely known in the mid-1980s for a series of performance and video works that focused on the human body. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the 1995 Turner Prize Exhibition, the 1995 and 2005 editions of the Venice Biennale, and Documenta XI in 2002. Her solo exhibitions have been featured at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, as well as the New Museum of Contemporary Art and MoMA in New York, among others.

Making graphic art, sculpture, and installations, Kofi Setordji lives, works, and organizes artistic resources in his hometown of Accra, Ghana. Major exhibitions of Setordji's art have been held in Accra; Abidjan, the Ivory Coast; Dakar, Senegal; Lille, France; Berlin; Munich; and Geneva. Perhaps his best-known piece is Genocide, an installation expressing protest against the civil wars that have torn Africa apart from Liberia to Rwanda.

Shahzia Sikander pioneered an experimental approach to the genre of Indo-Persian miniature painting. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England. Her awards include the National Pride of Honor from the Pakistani government.