Roger Hiorns Awarded 2016 Faena Prize for the Arts

Faena Art, an international nonprofit organization, has announced that English artist Roger Hiorns has been awarded the 2016 edition of the Faena Prize for the Arts, a juried biennial prize that promotes artistic experimentation. The artist will receive $75,000 to create a new work at the Faena Art Center Buenos Aires.

The winning proposal, ‘Untitled’ Values (working title), reimagines existing works and creates new ones in Buenos Aires that merge sculpture, symbolic objects, and performances. According to the artist, these works “put the human back at the center of the artwork.” Fifty thousand dollars of the artist’s prize money will be used to produce the work, which will unveiled in 2017 and may also travel to Faena Forum, a new art center in Miami Beach, which is slated to open in November.

Hiorns’s proposal was chosen from a pool of more than four hundred artists’ projects by a jury coordinated by Ximena Caminos, the artistic director and chair of Faena Art and executive director of Faena Forum Miami Beach and Faena Art Center Buenos Aires. The jury consisted of Carlos Basualdo, senior curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Achim Borchardt-Hume, director of exhibitions at Tate Modern; Caroline Bourgeois, curator of the Pinault collection in Paris; Jesús Fuenmayor, independent curator; and Victoria Noorthoorn, director of the Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art.

Special mention awards were given to Public Movement, a collective of Israeli artists founded by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi in 2006 who investigate performative experimentation, and to Argentinian artist Mercedes Azpilicueta, who lives and works in Amsterdam. Both honorees will receive a $1,000 prize.

Argentinian hotelier and real estate developer Alan Faena opened Faena Art Center Buenos Aires in 2011 to house a contemporary art space and organize international exhibitions. He is spearheading the Faena Art’s expansion to Miami Beach by building the Faena Forum, a 43,000-square-foot space designed by OMA/Rem Koolhaas.