Avni Sethi Wins Vera Checklist Center’s Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

Judy W. Faulk

The Vera Listing Center for Artwork and Politics at New York’s New Faculty has named Avni Sethi as the receiver of the 2020–2022 Jane Lombard Prize for Artwork and Social Justice. Sethi was awarded the $25,000 prize for Conflictorium, a participatory museum of conflict she launched in 2013 in the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India. The decision was attained unanimously by a jury chaired by Candice Hopkins and comprising Ivet Curlin, Natasha Ginwala, Carin Kuoni, Tamara Oyola-Santiago, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta.

The Jane Lombard 2020–2022 fellows, all finalists for the prize, involve Jorge González for Escuela de Oficios, a collective and system targeted on amplifying marginalized Boricua (Puerto Rican) tradition NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati for Nepal Picture Library, a digital picture archive and public engagement initiative dedicated to preserving Nepali social and cultural historical past Emeka Okereke for Invisible Borders Trans-African Photographers Group, a collective very best recognised for their continental street journeys that examine the colonial legacies and misconceptions of Africa by images and other arts and techno songs collective Underground Resistance for Submerge, the storied Detroit-based mostly distribution company and document shop.

By integrating law, art, lifestyle, and science, Conflictorium seeks to aid group-led remedies to violence via exhibitions, workshops, and movie screenings as properly as policy. “Deeply embedded in the surrounding communities of Ahmedabad, Conflictorium is opening up histories of unique and collective trauma and holding place for challenging and tough discussions,” the jury claimed in a assertion. “The museum operates within a sophisticated political context and is an intellectual and moral sanctuary in the region—particularly at a time when democracy and primary human rights, like religious freedoms, are beneath assault, in Gujarat, and in other places in the globe.” Sethi, who is experienced as an interdisciplinary designer and dancer, will carry Conflictorium to New York through an exhibition slated for 2021.

Past winners of the Jane Lombard Prize for Artwork and Social Justice consist of the pan-African system Chimurenga, Chicago-dependent artist Theaster Gates, and the Brazilian artist Maria Thereza Alves. The Vera Listing Middle renamed its biennial prize in 2018 to honor gallerist Jane Lombard, who donated $5 million to the establishment in 2018.

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