by Noëlle BuAbbud // Dec. 16, 2020
Berlin-based artist Tracey Snelling has been awarded the second annual 2020 Foundwork Artist Prize. Snelling’s works in installation, sculpture, video, sound and performance construct textured environments of real-imagined locations, stories of the inhabitants interwoven throughout. These collaged, cinematic spaces are layered impressions of the human condition in relation to varied sites and experiences, made up of meticulous multi-sensory details that overwhelm and engross the viewer. Snelling draws her audience into a voyeuristic relation, peering through windows, playing on our base psychological inclination to be ever-curious about the social, intimate lives of others.
Her process is a kind of sociological exploration of environments, where she collects exacting details in order to restructure atmospheric essences of places as three-dimensional, non-linear sculptural films. Snelling’s approach allows for a resonant speculation on lives and identities in relation to various localities, resulting in a vibrant, haptic approach to storytelling. Snelling has had solo exhibitions at The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER), Berlin; the Swatch Pavilion of the Arsenale, 2019 Venice Biennale; Cokkie Snoei Gallery, Rotterdam; Aeroplastics Contemporary, Brussels; and Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids.
Snelling, along with three short-listed artists, will be a part of Foundwork’s ongoing ‘Dialogues’ program of artist interviews. Foundwork’s 2020 Short List includes Mexico City-based sculptor and performance artist Melanie McLain; Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist Joiri Minaya; and Bellingham, Washington-based painter Andrea Joyce Heimer.
The artists were selected by this year’s jury panel of distinguished international curators, artists and gallerists: Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; Anat Ebgi, Owner and Director, Anat Ebgi Gallery; Natasha Ginwala, Artistic Director, 13th Gwangju Biennale, Associate Curator, Gropius Bau; Kalup Linzy, performance and video artist; Humberto Moro, Deputy Director and Senior Curator, Museo Tamayo, Adjunct Curator, SCAD Museum of Art; and Michael Ruiz, Founder and Managing Director, Future Gallery.
New York–based Foundwork is a digital platform for artists to introduce their work to people across the global contemporary art field. The platform encourages visibility and connection between artists, curators and collaborators, wherever they are based. Foundwork hosts programs including their Guest Curators program, ‘Dialogues’ interview series and the Foundwork Artist Prize.