Chinese artist Zhou Tao, winner of the Han Nefkens Foundation – BACC Award
Chinese artist Zhou Tao (Changsha, 1976) has been named winner of the first Han Nefkens Foundation BACC Award for Contemporary Art. This newly created award aims to promote young artists who live and work in the Asia region. The inaugural winner is Zhou Tao, who lives in Guangzhou, a commercial city in southern China. The biennial award is an initiative of Dutch collector and writer Han Nefkens and of the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC).
The award targets artists under 40 who have built up a solid body of work but have not yet managed to consolidate an international career.
This was the case with Zhou Tao, who was unanimously chosen for his profound commitment to his environment, with the jury valuing Zhou Tao´s “intelligent use of the most appropriate medium in each case to analyse and compare different spheres such as public/private or rural/urban and even art history in general”.
The award is worth 15,000 USD: 3,000 in artist´s fees and 12,000 towards creating a new project at the BACC or for the Bangkok metropolitan area. The jury believes that Zhou Tao´s residency in Bangkok will benefit both the city and the artist, particularly given his great curiosity for his immediate surroundings. It will also allow him to further develop his works, because, in the jury´s opinion, “his works show great maturity but he is in the process of searching for his own original voice.”
The choice was unanimous. The jury of the first Han Nefkens Foundation BACC Award was chaired by art collector Han Nefkens and its members were Hilde Teerlinck, Director of the Han Nefkens Foundation and FRAC Nord-Pas-de-Calais; Luckana Kunavichayanont, Director of the BACC; Yuko Hasegawa, Head Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Tokyo and Feng Boyi, a Chinese freelance curator and art critic.
Picture, from left to right: Luckana Kunavichayanont, Han Nefkens and Hilde Teerlinck.