Meera Manjit Kaur kåret til vinner av den franske prisen 2021 [fr]
Meera Manjit Kaur er kåret vinneren av den franske prisen 2021 for verket sitt "Til India fra Norge". Lørdag 11. september ble prisen overrakt av den franske ambassadøren til Norge Pierre-Mathieu Duhamel.
Annethvert år tildeles en kunstner presentert under Høstutstillingen i Oslo den franske prisen. I år besto juryen av den fransk-algeriske kuratoren Hanan Benammar, og den franske kuratoren Théo Mario Coppola.
Prisen er et tre måneders kunstnerisk opphold på Cité Internationale des Arts i hjertet av Paris, hvor Meera vil få muligheten til å utvikle sitt kunstprosjekt og møte andre aktører innen kunstfeltet. I tillegg vil hun få dekket reisekostnadene og et franskkurs før avreise. Vi ønsker Meera lykke til videre! Gå og oppdag hennes verk, så vel som 107 andre kunstnere presentert under Høstutstillingen frem til 17. oktober!
Nedenfor er ambassadørens tale avholdt ved Kunstnernes Hus i anledning av overrekkelsen av den franske prisen under Høstutstillingen 11. september 2021:
Dear Minister of Culture and Equality, Director of the Kunstnernes Hus, President of the jury, Director of the Autumn Exhibition, Members of the jury of the 2021 exhibition, Dear artists, Dear guests,
It is with great pleasure that every other year, the French Embassy and Institut français de Norvège award the “Prix français” in the framework of the Norwegian salon d’automne (Høstutstillingen) organized at la Maison des artistes (Kunstnernes Hus) by the Norwegian association of Visual artists (Norske Billedkunstnere).
The “Prix français”, which was created in 1998, reinforces collaborations and partnerships between French and Norwegian artists, as well as between cultural institutions. It aims to foster the cultural dialogue in the field of visual arts between our two countries.
With this prize, The French Embassy, Institut français de Norvège, and the Cité internationale des Arts in Paris wish to strengthen the bond between the French and Norwegian art scene and to enlighten the creativity of our artists.
The laureate is offered a three-month residency at the Cité internationale des Arts, at the heart of Paris, flight tickets and a session of French lessons before their departure.
This residency will allow the artist to develop their research project and to enjoy, we hope, the exceptional cultural life in Paris, which has always been a welcoming and creative city.
By staying at the Cité internationale des Arts – one of the most important artistic residencies in the world - the laureate will also have the opportunity to meet artists from all around the world among the 350 staying there. They will also benefit from a programme of meetings with French professionals set up by the Institut français during the “Open Ateliers”.
The former winner of the prize, Ms Siri Bråtveit, had her residency in Paris between October and December 2020. Despite the difficulties of the pandemic, she was still able to meet and exchange with plenty of artists present at the Cité internationale des Arts, and she managed to consequently develop her artistic project.
The jury of the 2021 French prize consists of Ms Hanan Benammar and Mr Théo Mario Coppola, both independent curators, who will now read the jury’s statement and reveal the name of the new laureate.
I would like to warmly thank the Billed Kunst Forening (the norwegian association for visual artists) for organising this annual and so important exhibition and the Kunstnener Hus for hosting this event today.
The French Embassy and Institut français de Norvège wish the best for the residency of the laureate and hope it will contribute to develop, perhaps change, challenge, and open their artistic practice. We dearly hope the residency will help generate unexpected collaborative projects between Norway and France.
Thank you very much.
Bilde: Vinneren av den franske prisen 2021 Meera Manjit Kaur sammen med den franske ambassadøren til Norge Pierre-Mathieu Duhamel.