Widening one’s horizon and discovering the unknown is what travel and art have in common. New perspectives, angles and ways of perceiving the world can emerge while interacting with an artwork. Cultural experiences also foster innovation and creativity, values that lie at the core of our daily philosophy. For these and many other reasons, Horizn Studios established a cultural support initiative: Horizn Art Programme. The Programme seeks to support young and upcoming talents from all over the world, and does so by giving out two artistic awards per year.
The first award – Horizn Biennial Award – is conceived together with a biennial organisation and supports one participating artist and their creation, presented in an international exhibition format. The second award – Horizn Discovery Award – invites a renowned artist to nominate three candidates. One of them is awarded a financial prize that helps to produce a specific artwork or to realise a project.
In 2018, we are partnering with the 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art and its director Gabriele Horn and curator Gabi Ngcobo for the Biennial Award, as well as the internationally renowned artist Rirkrit Tiravanija for the Discovery Award. As the Berlin Biennale opens today, we are thrilled to announce the first winner: Guadeloupean artist Minia Biabiany, whose work is presented at the Biennale, Akademie der Künste Hanseatenweg location, on view through 9 September 2018. Her work intertwines personal and global narratives and reflects on the topics of place, knowledge, tradition and crafts in the post-colonial contexts. We invite you to discover the work of Minia by visiting the Biennale, and reading our conversation with the artist below.