The artist Tarek Atoui, featured at the Fridericianum with his first solo exhibition in Germany this fall, has been awarded the Suzanne Deal Booth / FLAG Art Foundation Prize for 2022. The prize, endowed with USD 200,000, is awarded every two years. The current prizewinner for 2020 is Nicole Eisenman. In addition to the prize money, the award includes a solo exhibition in spring 2022 at The Contemporary Austin in Texas as well as the subsequent show at the FLAG Art Foundation in New York and a catalogue publication.
“In these times of social distancing and impossibility of coming together, this award is an homage to collaboration, performativity, improvisation, and composition,” said Tarek Atoui. “It is celebrating the role of art in bringing people together, and I’m honored to be its recipient.”
Opening on October 3, 2020 the exhibition at the Fridericianum will present the work of Atoui, who was born in Beirut in 1980 and now lives in Paris, by means of selected works, some of which were developed especially for Kassel. A special focus will be on the experience of sound and the participation of the visitors.
Atoui’s works have been shown at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel (2012) and the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), among others. Parallel to Kassel, a show on the artist’s work will open in fall 2020 at the Sharjah Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates.