Theresa Traore Dahlberg is awarded Beckers Art Award 2019, because she in her artistry creates a diverse image of individuals with different backgrounds, in her films is able to portray people in complex situations and in her object and material combinations fills the exhibition space with tension both in physical and historical terms.
In their motivation the jury, which consists of Jenny Lindén Urnes, Mårten Castenfors and Magnus Jensner, states:
"She approaches the people she portrays with great respect, and her work is characterized by intimacy, humour and a strong visual storytelling."
Traore Dahlberg has studied 16mm experimental film at the New School, in New York and at the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts and later Visual Art at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. She has exhibited internationally and in Sweden and received the Tempo Documentary Short Award for her film Ambassador's wife (2018), also featured at the Toronto Film Festival in 2018.
Becker's Art Award has during thirty years identified numerous young talent on the verge of breakthrough. Some of today’s leading contemporary artists in Sweden are among the recipients. It was established in 1987 and in addition to the 200.000 SEK it includes a solo exhibition at Färgfabriken art exhibition hall in Stockholm. This year, for the first time, an exhibition at Höganäs Museum is also part of the award.
The award reflects Lindengruppen’s and its owner’s commitment to art. Art and business are two different aspects of human life, and via the expression of art we are guided in understanding the human condition and to fulfilling a meaningful role in society.
Theresa Traore Dahlberg’s work will be on display in the exhibition hall at Färgfabriken in Stockholm from February 2 – March 24 and at Höganäs Museum from April 6 – May 19, 2019.
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