Artists Uta Barth and An-My Lê and filmmaker Natalia Almada are among the twenty-three individuals that have been named 2012 MacArthur fellows. Each will receive five hundred thousand dollars over the next five years; fellowships come without any stipulations, providing fellows the freedom with which to reflect and explore their creative endeavors. Lê was born in Vietnam and immigrated to the United States in 1975 with her family. Her photographs and films home in on the ways in which war is anticipated, processed, and relived on a psychological level and then documented on a public level. Lê has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, and MoMA PS1. Also a photographer, Barth has created a conceptual output that points to tensions between human perception and that of the camera lens; her work is included in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum and the Tate Gallery, London, among others. Almada is the founder of Altamura Films; her work has appeared at numerous international venues, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Sundance Film Festival, the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial.
Said MacArthur Foundation president Robert Gallucci: “These extraordinary individuals demonstrate the power of creativity. The MacArthur Fellowship is not only a recognition of their impressive past accomplishments but also, more importantly, an investment in their potential for the future. We believe in their creative instincts and hope the freedom the fellowship provides will enable them to pursue unfettered their insights and ideas for the benefit of the world.”