Artist shortlist for fifth BMW Art Journey announced

Already in its third year, Art Basel and BMW continue their joint initiative to recognize and support emerging artists worldwide.

Like a mobile studio, the BMW Art Journey can take artists almost anywhere in the world to develop new ideas and envision new creative projects. Selected from among the artists showing in Discoveries, Art Basel in Hong Kong's sector for emerging artists, the shortlist is as follows:

Astha Butail at GALLERYSKE, Bangalore, New Delhi

Astha Butail, born in 1977 in Amritsar, India, lives and works in Gurgaon. Central to her artistic practice is the use of geometry as a means of inquiry to understand how different composite elements of an entity relate to its whole. Her themes are memory and time, the idea of the archive, and collaborative authorship. At this year’s Art Basel in Hong Kong, Butail presented her work titled 'Turning towards pure white' (2017), including an assemblage of wall and floor based elements as well as framed panels, three-dimensional pieces extruded from the picture plane, and a participatory book. Butail’s debut solo exhibition was shown at GALLERYSKE, Bangalore. Recent group exhibitions include Experimenter, Kolkata, Devi Art Foundation, Gurgaon, and Masquelibros Artists Book Fair, Madrid.

Julian Charrière at Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin

Born in 1987 in Morges, Switzerland, Julian Charrière lives and works in Berlin. He studied at the Berlin University of Arts. Charrière’s artistic practice includes performance, sculpture, and photography. His projects often stem from fieldwork in remote locations with acute geophysical identities such as volcanoes, ice-fields, and radioactive sites. At Art Basel in Hong Kong, Charrière presented his work 'Coconut Lead Fondue' (2016), consisting of a series of large format photographs, two vitrine sculptures, and an installation. Charrière’s solo exhibitions include Sean Kelly, New York, Sies + Höke, Dusseldorf, and Musée Cantonal Des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne. The artist has exhibited in recent group shows at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, and will exhibit at the 2017 Biennale in Venice.

Lin Ke at BANK, Shanghai

Born in 1984 in Wenzhou, China, Lin Ke lives and works in Beijing. He graduated from the New Media Arts Department of the China Academy of Art in 2008, and received the OCAT - Pierre Huber Art Prize in 2014 and the Chinese Youth Artist Award of the 9th AAC Art 2015. At Art Basel in Hong Kong, the artist is presenting 'Like Me' (2016), a video recording of a performance and two image based works, showing his exploration of the variety of the World Wide Web, such as applications functioning as catalyst for making art and self-portraiture. Ke’s work has been exhibited at Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Museum Folkwang, Essen, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, and the 11th Shanghai Biennial.

These three shortlisted artists are now invited to develop a proposal for their ideal journey, with the winner to be announced in summer 2017. They were selected by a jury of international experts, comprised of Claire Hsu, Director Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; Bose Krishnamachari, President Kochi-Muziris Biennale, India; Matthias Mühling, Director Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau, Munich; Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art, and Senior Advisor, Global Arts, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; and Pauline J. Yao, Curator Visual Art M+, Hong Kong

'This group represents the exceptionally strong selection of artists featured in this year's Discoveries Sector, which was distinguished by the participation of adventurous young artists and galleries from around the globe,' the jury stated. 'We made a unanimous decision about the three shortlisted artists, while acknowledging the many powerful works and installations on display. These three artists represent a broad diversity of art practices – from photography, post-internet and digital aesthetics, and installation. Each artist is connected to a particular history, school, and tradition, and they come from very different parts of the world. We eagerly look forward to reading their proposals for the BMW Art Journey.'

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