Here Are the Nominees for the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp

Artists exploring cultural tensions dominate the shortlist.

Kader Attia, Arab Spring, 2014, Unlimited in Basel 2015
Photo: courtesy Art Basel

The artists Kader Attia, Yto Barrada, Ulla von Brandenburg, and Barthélémy Toguo have been announced as the nominees for the 2016 Prix Marcel Duchamp.

The shortlist was announced yesterday by the selection committee of the French art prize—formed by 11 collectors from the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF)—during an event held at the auction house Artcurial, in Paris, Artistik Rezo reports. The winner will be announced at the next edition of FIAC in October.

The work of Kader Attia (1970, France) explores the impact of Western cultural and political capitalism on the Middle East and North Africa. Growing up both in Algeria and the suburbs of Paris, Attia’s paintings, videos, and installations also question how Arab youth responds to and challenges this Western influence. Attia is represented by Galerie Nagel Draxler, Berlin and Cologne; Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, and Habana; and Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna.

The photographs, films, and installations of Yto Barrada (1971, Morocco) explore political, historial, and cultural aspects of her homeland, and the way notions of local and global are articulated there. Barrada is represented by Pace Gallery; Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut and Hamburg; and Galerie Polaris, Paris.

Yto Barrada, N du mot Nation en arabe, Tanger (N of the Nation in Arabic, Tangier) (2003). Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg.

Yto Barrada, N du mot Nation en arabe, Tanger (N of the Nation in Arabic, Tangier) (2003).
Courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut/Hamburg.

Ulla von Brandenburg (1974, Karlsruhe) works across sculpture, textiles, film, and drawing to investigate historical socio-cultural practices including the occult, magic, psychoanalysis, and theater, in highly choreographed installations. She is represented by Pilar Corrias Gallery, London; Produzentengalerie, Hamburg; and art:concept, Paris.

Barthélémy Toguo (1967, Cameroon) works with installations, performances, photography, and watercolor paintings that explore traveling, migration, and border control between the developing world and the West. Toguo is represented by MAM Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art, Salzburg and Vienna; Galerie Lelong; Wooson Gallery, Daegu; and Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris.


Barthélémy Toguo, On the Street (2012)
Photo: Wooson Gallery via Artnet

The Prix Marcel Duchamp was established in 2000 by the ADIAF in partnership with the Centre Pompidou, and, since 2005, the Parisian art fair FIAC. It is awarded to a French artist or artist residing in France representative of his or her generation.

Previous winners of the €35,000 cash prize include Thomas Hirschhorn, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Tatiana Trouvé, Cyprien Gaillard, Mircea Cantor, Daniel Dewar and Grégory Gicquel, Latifa Echakhch, Julien Prévieux, and Melik Ohanian. Winners also get to exhibit their work in a solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou.

Follow Artnet News on Facebook:

Want to stay ahead of the art world? Subscribe to our newsletter to get the breaking news, eye-opening interviews, and incisive critical takes that drive the conversation forward.
Article topics