The Creative Time Summit
- exploring socially and politically engaged art in a global context - takes place in Stockholm 14-15 November and will be live streamed to thousands of viewers around the globe. Indian film maker and visual artist Amar Kanwar
will be presented with the 2014 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change
on November 15th.
the live stream on November 14 and 15 at creativetime.org/summit
the action! Creative Time and Public Art Agency Sweden will bring the Summit to thousands of viewers around the globe for free through Livestream. For more information on screenings, check out our F.A.Q.
—the first iteration of the annual conference to take place outside of New York—will focus on artists’ work as they engage the themes of Nationalisms, Performing The City, Activating Public Space, Art in the Surveillance State, and Migrations
. The timely partnership between Creative Time and Public Art Agency Sweden enables artists, activists, and politicians to work in this contested space by debating and proposing solutions to these pressing issues both in Europe, and across the globe.
Participants: Edi Rama
, Prime Minister of Albania, and Saskia Sassen
, Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, to deliver keynote addresses. Delhi-based artist and filmmaker Amar Kanwar
will be awarded the 2014 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. Presentations are grouped into thematic sections titled Nationalisms, Performing The City, Activating Public Space, Art in the Age of Surveillance, and Migrations. Presenters include Netherlands-based artist and activist Jonas Staal
; English artist and Creative Time collaborator Jeremy Deller
; Swedish independent curator and Director of Tensta Konsthall Maria Lind
; Poland and Germany-based curator Joanna Warsza
; Turkish artistAhmet Ögüt
; Birgitta Jónsdóttir
, Icelandic Parliament member and chairperson of the Pirate Party; United States-based performance artist Jill Magid
; Sweden’s Soraya Post
, who recently made history as the first-ever elected member of a feminist party to the European Parliament, Ghana ThinkTank
, a collective featuring Christopher Robbins
, John Ewing
, and Carmen Montoya
from the United States; Cuban artist Tania Bruguera
; and many more.
Creative Time announced that New Delhi-based artist Amar Kanwar has been selected as the winner of the 2014 Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change
Generously supported by Creative Time board member Elizabeth K. Sorensen,
the prestigious annual prize is given to artists whose work, like that of Kanwar’s, provokes awareness of and engagement with critical issues of our time, working to advance the causes of equity and justice. It carries an award of 25,000 USD and, for the first time, nominees were culled from an international open call and the winner will have access to an innovative, new partnership with The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands.
Mr. Kanwar, who creates complex films on critical socio-political issues, will use his prize earnings to advance his latest project. Titled The Sovereign Forest,
the work comprises a constellation of moving and still images, texts, books, pamphlets, albums, music, objects, seeds, events, and processes, brought together in an ambitious attempt to reopen discussion and initiate a creative response to our understanding of crime, politics, human rights, and ecology. Creative Time will share the results of his work in 2015.
Mr. Kanwar was selected from a pool of over 250 artists, as Creative Time opened the nomination process to recommendations from the public for the first time since its inception in 2009. He will officially receive the Prize on November 15 at the 2014 Creative Time Summit: Stockholm
, an annual conference on art and social change.
Image of Amar Kanwar - courtesy of the artist