The BMW Art Journey is a new global art initiative by BMW and Art Basel offering artists an opportunity to undertake a journey of creative discovery. This year, the artist shortlist for
This year, an expert jury announced the third shortlist at the BMW Lounge : Abigail Reynolds, Newsha Tavakolian and Alvin Zafra are nominated.
Based in Cornwall, UK, Abigail Reynolds studied English Literature at Oxford University before pursuing Fine Art at Goldsmiths University. Her interest in books prompts her collages, sculptures, films and most recently, printmaking. The ideas driving Reynold’s work are based on reportage photography books, her interest in networks of association and how our sense of time is affected by technology. She has exhibited at art institutions and galleries in London, Vienna, Los Angeles, Seattle, and Eindhoven.
Alvin Zafra was born in 1978 in Quezon City, Philippines. He graduated from the College of Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in 2000 and won the Dominador Castaneda Award for Visual Essay. Zafra’s process of transferring the image from the photograph onto sandpaper using white stones is a meditation on the impermanence of structures and the cycle of civilizations. He exhibited at West Gallery, Quezon City, Singapore Art Museum, Singapore, and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.
Newsha Tavakolian, born in 1981, is a Tehran-based photo-journalist and-artist. Early in her career she produced photo documentaries in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Pakistan and Yemen and gained international recognition with work published in magazines and newspapers such as Time, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and the New York Times. Tavakolian’s exhibitions include Thomas Erben Gallery, New York, Aaran Gallery, Teheran, and Otto Gallery, Florence. In her recent photography-installation for Art Basel in Hong Kong 2016 she documents the lives of nine Teheran residents.
Launched in 2015, the BMW Art Journey is a global collaboration between Art Basel and BMW, which has been created to recognize and support emerging artists worldwide. The prize is open to artists who are showing their work within the Discoveries sector in Hong Kong and within Positions in Miami Beach. Two judging panels, comprised of internationally renowned experts, shortlist three artists, who are then invited to submit proposals for a journey intended to further develop their ideas and artistic work. The winner for Miami Beach, Henning Fehr and Philipp Rühr (represented by Galerie Max Mayer, Dusseldorf), were announced in February, for Hong Kong in early summer.