Contemporary artist Nalini Malani became first Indian to win Joan Miro Prize

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Indian contemporary artist Nalini Malani has won the Joan Miro Prize for 2019, the Barcelona-based Fundacio Joan Miro has announced. One of the most prestigious contemporary art awards in the world, it recognises present-day work by artists who show the same spirit of exploration, innovation, commitment and freedom that characterised Spanish painter and sculptor Joan Miro’s life and work.

Malani, who is the winner of the seventh edition of the prize, was awarded for her impressive body of work that gave a voice to “the silenced and the dispossessed all over the world, most particularly women”.

It added that her complex artistic quest was based on immersive installations and a personal iconography where a profound knowledge of ancient mythologies converged with a bold condemnation of contemporary injustices. 

The award carries a cash prize of of 70,000 (Rs 54.5 lakh approx), and the production cost of a monographic exhibition by the winning artist, to be held at the foundation in Spain. 

A pioneer in film, photography, installation, video art and performance, 73-year-old Malani was born in 1946 under the British Indian Empire and grew up between Kolkata and Mumbai, where her family sought exile after the Partition of India.