Francis Alÿs has won the 2018 EYE Art & Film Prize. Awarded annually since 2015 by the EYE Filmmuseum in Amsterdam with the Paddy and Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund, the prize recognizes an artist or filmmaker whose work unites art and film, and demonstrates quality of thought, imagination, and artistic excellence. The prize funds the making of new work.
The jury for the 2018 edition was chaired by EYE CEO Sandra den Hamer and included the French fashion designer Agnès B., Andrea Lissoni, senior curator of film and international art at Tate Modern in London, and the Thai film director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The EYE Prize has previously been awarded to Wang Bing (2017), Ben Rivers (2016), and Hito Steyerl (2015).
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Alÿs’s solo exhibition Knots’n Dust is on view at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, through September 9, 2018. The show travels to Ikon from Beirut Art Center, where it was on view from January 31–April 22, 2018. Exploring both early and recent works by Francis Alÿs, the exhibition includes a series of photographs taken in Beirut during a sandstorm in 2015, as well as videos, paintings, and an animated film which is being exhibited for the first time. The Logbook of Gibraltar, his first solo exhibition in Korea, is on view at Art Sonje Center in Seoul through November 4, 2018.
Image: Francis Alÿs in Iraq, 2016. Photo by Akam Shex Hadi