BMW group15 May 2018

The joint initiative of Art Basel and BMW to recognise and support emerging artists worldwide has continued with the shortlist announcement for the next BMW Art Journey.

The announcement, which took place on 28 March during this year's Art Basel in Hong Kong, was celebrated with a VIP cocktail reception evening before the exhibition officially opened to the public.

The BMW Art Journey can take artists almost anywhere in the world to develop new ideas and envision new creative projects

The award is open to artists who are exhibiting in the Discoveries sector during Art Basel in Hong Kong. A judging panel comprised of internationally renowned experts selected a shortlist of three artists from the sector:

Ali Kazim at Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai.
Ali Kazim (b. 1979) lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the Slade School of Fine Art, London. Ali Kazim forms multi-layered compositions to create uniquely textured paintings that include elements of narrative and fantasy. He works meticulously in watercolour and graphite, using techniques acquired from studying the watercolour wash and miniature painting techniques of the Bengal and Mughal schools. At this year’s Art Basel show in Hong Kong, the artist presents an immersive installation that draws a primary inspiration from the landscape around his hometown of Lahore.

Zac Langdon-Pole at Michael Lett, Auckland.
Zac Langdon-Pole (b. 1988) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He studied at Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland and at the Städelschule, Frankfurt. In his work he uses paper nautilus shells, fragile egg-case-shells, made by the genus of Octopedes known as Argonauts, and unique fragments of Meteorite handcrafted to fill the shell’s aperture. At this year’s edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, Langdon-Pole is presenting an installation of new sculptures that form a poetic exploration of identity and belonging.

Gala Porras-Kim at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles.
Gala Porras-Kim (b.1984) lives and works in Los Angeles, United States. She received a Master of Fine Arts from California Institute of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from University of California, Los Angeles. Her work questions the social and political contexts that influence the manifestation and interpretation of language and history. Her artistic approach comes from a research-based practice that aims to reconsider how intangible subjects have been represented in the fields of linguistics, history, and conservation. At this year's Art Basel show in Hong Kong Porras-Kim presented a group of artifacts that reconstruct and reimagine ambiguous historical fragments from various ethnographic institutions.

From left to right: Ali Kazim, Zac Langdon-Pole and Gala Porras-Kim

“In this year’s edition of BMW Art Journey at Art Basel in Hong Kong, the jurors noticed a wide search for narrative with a mostly consistent search for 'fact'. We admired Ali Kazim’s meditative approach to the desolate landscape of Pakistan, and found his labor-intensive process combining miniature painting techniques with a contemporary sensibility to be layered and haunting. Zac Langdon-Pole’s work ‘Passport (Argonauta)’ creates a poetical and surprising combination of materials. Proposing a new notion of the passport, the nautilus shell and meteorites from different parts of the world suggesting a metaphysical and timeless idea of identities. We appreciated Gala Porras-Kim’s investigation into and imagination of ways in which objects within institutional collections undergo re-interpretation via changing social and physical contexts. She touches on the subjectivity of history and the endless possibilities of making meaning of fragments and traces.” stated the jury.

The three shortlisted artists will now develop a proposal for their ideal journey, with the winner to be announced in early summer 2018. In collaboration with the winning artist, the journey will be documented and shared through publications, online and social media.

BMW hosted an exclusive VIP cocktail reception to celebrate the announcement of the BMW Art Journey shortlist

BMW has supported Art Basel’s shows in Basel, Miami Beach and Hong Kong as a long-term partner for many years. As an official partner, BMW not only provided the VIP shuttle service, but also presented the BMW Art Car #18 created by female Chinese artist Cao Fei in the BMW Lounge at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Find out more about the BMW Art Journey here and the BMW Art Car Collection here.

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