International Prize for Live art is awarded annually to an exceptionally strong artist or artist collective active in the field of live art. It is the world’s only prize dedicated to live art and the prize sum of 30 000 € makes it one of the biggest cultural prizes in Finland.
Sonya Lindfors is a Helsinki-based Finnish artist who works with choreography, facilitating, community organizing and education. She is the founding member and Artistic Director of UrbanApa, an inter-disciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices.
In her work, Lindfors deals with issues of power, structures, representation and othering. Her recent series of stage works; NOIR? (2013), NOBLE SAVAGE (2016) and COSMIC LATTE (2018), centralizes questions around blackness, black body politics, race and representation.
Sonya Lindfors is also part of the Miracle Workers collective which will represent Finland at the 2019 Venice Biennale.
You can read the jury’s full statement here
Picture: Anti – Contemporary Art Festival