Pisano’s winning entry, Prison Work (2013), deals with the history and consequences of privatization in the American prison system. In a statement, the jury praised Pisano “for her willingness to seek new challenges, despite her past success, and to embark on a new direction with great precision and conviction, building on what was.”
Pisano studied in the Netherlands at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. In recent years, she has lived and worked in Berlin, and has had solo exhibitions at De Vleeshal in Middelburg, the Netherlands and the Showroom in London, as well as a performance at Madrid’s Museum Reina Sofia.
The Rome Prize, first introduced to the Netherlands in 1808, is the country’s most celebrated prize for artists under 40. The other three finalists for the prize were Christian Friedrich, Remco Torenbosch and Ola Vasiljeva. An exhibition of work from all four short-listed nominees is on view at Amsterdam’s de Appel Arts Centre through Jan. 26, 2014.