Alia Farid has been named as the recipient of the 2023 Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award Programme (LWAAP), a major, renowned global art prize.
As part of the award, she will receive a sum of USD 100,000 and a budget to house her work in the permanent collection of Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Oslo, Norway. She will also have the opportunity to stage an exhibition at the museum, opening in September 2024 and marking her first solo show in the Nordic region.
The LWAAP is awarded biannually by Henie Onstad to celebrate a milestone in an artist’s career.
In her work, which spans across drawing, film, sculpture and writing, the artist revives histories and narratives marginalised by hegemonic power structures. She also engages with the subject of migration and draws connections between stories across borders.
Farid said: “Art is an important part of thinking and understanding things. Without it, life would be one-dimensional. I live in a society that is ambivalent about supporting art and culture, so having the endorsement of the Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award Programme really means a lot to me.”