Archie Moore Wins Golden Lion Award

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First Nations artist, Archie Moore, made history by winning the prestigious Golden Lion Award for Best National Participation at the 60th edition of the Venice Biennale. This marks the first time an Australian artist has received this esteemed honor. Moore’s captivating work titled “Kith and Kin” delves into his Australian Aboriginal and British ancestry, spanning an impressive 65,000 years.

In his installation, Moore meticulously traced his family history to create a stunning family tree, which he artfully drew in chalk on the black walls of the Australia Pavilion. “Kith and Kin” serves as a poignant exploration of First Nation Australian history and the enduring impact of colonization. Curator Bryan-Wilson praised Moore’s installation as “quietly powerful” in a speech acknowledging the artist.

Notable Winners and Special Mentions

Notable Winners and Special Mentions

  • Mataaho Collective: The Mataaho Collective, a group of Maori women from New Zealand, received the Best Participant Golden Lion for their mesmerizing woven structure that symbolically weaves through the gallery space, drawing inspiration from matrilinear textile traditions.
  • Karimah Ashadu: British-Nigerian artist Karimah Ashadu was awarded the Silver Lion for her compelling video and brass sculpture exploring the lives of young migrant men in Lagos who work as motorbike taxi riders, shedding light on their subcultural experiences and economic challenges.
  • Samia Halaby: Palestinian-American visual artist and activist Samia Halaby received a special mention for her striking 1969 abstract painting “Black is Beautiful,” featured in the exhibition’s Nucleo Storico section, reflecting her enduring artistic prowess.
  • La Chola Poblete: Artist La Chola Poblete, known for her impactful large-scale watercolors exploring trans and Indigenous perspectives, was recognized for her work that challenges stereotypes and celebrates cultural diversity.

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