Aboriginal Collective proppaNOW Wins Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

The Vera Checklist Centre for Artwork and Politics has announced Australian Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW as the receiver of the 2022–24 Jane Lombard Prize for Artwork and Social Justice. The Meanjin/Brisbane–based collective was selected for the honor, which is attended by a $25,000 funds prize, for its  2021 exhibition “OCCURRENT AFFAIR,” at the College of Queensland Artwork Museum, showcasing new and recent performs by its associates and addressing “current sociopolitical, economic and environmental concerns though celebrating the energy, resilience and continuity of Aboriginal culture,” in accordance to a curatorial assertion.

Voting unanimously in their favor was an award jury chaired by Simone Leigh, who received the Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Biennale, and on top of that comprising Carin Kuoni, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Wanda Nanibush, and Rasha Salti. In a joint statement, the jury associates praised proppaNOW for its attempts in pushing again in opposition to “the invisibility of urban Aboriginal up to date artwork,” noting that it has “broken with expectations of what is proper (‘proppa’) in Aboriginal artwork made a new sovereign area for Very first Nations artists internationally exterior colonial stereotypes, wishes for authenticity, and capitalist capitulations and opened new political imaginaries.”  

The Jane Lombard Prize, which honors remarkable achievements in art and politics and acknowledges artworks that progress social justice, took as its theme this 12 months “Correction.”  proppaNOW, which was recognized in 2003 to convey attention to urban Aboriginal artists and to overcome the classic anticipations positioned on these types of artists by colonizers, was 1 of 5 finalists for the prize, along with Colectivo Cherani for Cherán Cultural Heart Khalil Rabah for The Palestinian Museum of Natural Heritage and Humankind KUNCI Examine Discussion board & Collective for University of Inappropriate Education and The Africa Cluster of the Another Roadmap School. The collective’s job will be exhibited at New York’s Vera Checklist Center subsequent drop.

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