Johanna Mirabel Wins the 2022 Ritzau Art Prize
The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair are pleased to announce the return of the Ritzau Prize 2022 for the third consecutive year. The 2022 prize winner is Johanna Mirabel, a painter and sculptor whose work explores the contradictions and complexities of cultural identity. The Ritzau Art Prize provides global visibility, professional development, and career enhancing residencies at ISCP in New York City to promising visual artists from the African continent and of African descent. Started in 2020 and continuing annually for three years, the prize was initiated by ISCP in collaboration with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair and is funded by Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy (TRIP). Adjani Okpu-Egbe was the inaugural recipient in 2020 and Micha Serraf was the award winner in 2021.
Johanna Mirabel, represented by Véronique Rieffel Gallery, Paris, France, was competitively selected by the 2022 jury of distinguished contemporary African art experts: Evelyn Owen, Associate Curator at the AfricaCenter; Stephanie Baptist, the Founder and Director of the gallery Medium Tings; and Dodji Gbedemah, co-founder and director of Kente Royal Gallery.
“Mirabel has really good command of the medium,” said Baptist, “There is storytelling and historical relevance, but the work stands on its own without narrative.” Owen added, “ Each work could occupy ones’ thoughts for hours.”
Mirabel will participate in ISCP’s arts residency program from October to December 2022. She will benefit from 24-hour access to a private studio, participation in the program’s well-attended Open Studios, meetings with visiting critics, opportunity to speak about her art and practice in an ISCP public talk, and field trips alongside 34 peers from at least 25 different countries at any given time, among other program offerings. ISCP’s residencies focus on building community and professional discourse among residents. With an open-door policy and monthly events including lunches, internal critiques, and gallery walks, residents are provided a space and platform to share their work. After leaving the residency, Mirabel will join an even broader network of over 1,800 ISCP alumni in over 90 countries and a growing cohort of recipients of the Ritzau residency at ISCP.
Mirabel states, “I am honored and thrilled to receive the Tauck Ritzau Prize, as it represents a unique opportunity. I am excited to start working in the ISCP residency in an environment that will be so relevant to my artistic practice.”