By Randy Gener
A MUSIC VIDEO REPORT | In the Culture of The Armory Show
NEW YORK | The Armory Show and Athena Art Finance Corp. are pleased to announce Mariane Ibrahim Gallery (Seattle) as the winner of the inaugural Presents Booth Prize.
The Presents Booth Prize, supported in its inaugural year by Athena Art Finance, is a new initiative recognizing an outstanding and innovative gallery presentation within the Presents section of the fair.
By a majority decision, the international jury of collectors and curators awarded Mariane Ibrahim Gallery a $10,000 prize for its exemplary solo-presentation of multi-media works by Zohra Opoku, a German and Ghanaian multidisciplinary artist living and working in Accra.
Opoku’s work employs media including installations, photography and video to explore the sophistication of textile cultures in disparate spaces, targeting fashion’s political and psychological role and socio-cultural dynamics in relation to African history and individualistic or societal identities.
Members of the Presents Booth Prize Jury:
• Renee Drake, collector, the Netherlands
• Massimiliano Gioni, Artistic Director, New Museum, New York
• Ruba Katrib, Curator, SculptureCenter, Long Island City
• Alain Servais, Collector, Brussels
• Carole Server, Collector, New York
“We would like to thank The Armory Show for giving us the opportunity to present our project,” says Mariane Ibrahim-Lenhardt, Founder, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. “We are deeply humbled and honored to receive this prize. I’d like to dedicate it to the presented artist Zohra Opoku, whose commitment and excellence in her art practice has helped bring new narratives into an exciting global narrative. And, this Present Prize also aligns with the recognition of African descent contributions in the arts industry.”
What is The Armory Show?
The Armory Show is New York’s premier art fair and a definitive cultural destination for discovering and collecting the world’s most important 20th and 21st century artworks. Staged on Piers 92 & 94, one of the city’s industrial gems, the fair features presentations by leading international galleries, innovative artist commissions and dynamic public programs. Since its founding in 1994, The Armory Show has served as a nexus for the international art world, inspiring dialogue, discovery and patronage in the visual arts.
Staged in the center of the international art world, The Armory Show is New York’s premier art fair and a destination for the world’s leading collectors, museum directors and curators. The fair’s diverse selection of galleries spans five continents and represents 30 countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Cuba, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.