The Open Society Foundations in New York have announced the 2019 recipients of its Soros Arts Fellowships. Some 11 artists, curators, researchers, and filmmakers from eight different countries are receiving the 2019 fellowships, which recognize work having to do with migration and come with stipends of $80,000.
Rashida Bumbray, who oversees the Foundations’ arts initiative, said in a statement, “Across the globe, the political environment is increasingly characterized by polarizing and reductive notions about people who migrate. That’s why this work to broaden understandings of migration, share self-determined narratives, stimulate critical discourse, and create momentum for change is so urgent.”
The funds awarded will go toward creating a new project over the next 18 months. Firelei Báez will create a series of works concerning the story of Marie Louise Coidavid, the first queen of Haiti, who was exiled, and Bouchra Khalili will create a video installation about the struggle for equal rights for immigrants in France.
The list of 2019 recipients follows below.
Amanda Abi Khalil (Beirut, Lebanon)
Firelei Báez (New York, NY, United States)
Tania El Khoury (Beirut, Lebanon)
Regina José Galindo (Guatemala City, Guatemala)
Bouchra Khalili (Berlin, Germany)
Guadalupe Maravilla (New York, NY, United States)
Tinashe Mushakavanhu and Nontsikelelo Mutiti (Harare, Zimbabwe and Richmond, VA, United States)
Cristina Ibarra and Alex Rivera (Pasadena, CA, United States)
Kaneza Schaal (Brooklyn, NY, United States)