The Golden Lion for best contribution to the Biennale's international exhibition, The Milk of Dreams, went to American artist Simone Leigh for her sculpture Brick House (2019), which the jury described as a 'rigorously researched, virtuosically realised, and powerfully persuasive monumental sculptural opening to the Arsenale.'
Special mentions in this category went to Inuk-Canadian artist Shuvinai Ashoona and American new media art pioneer Lynn Hershman Leeson.
Ashoona was praised for proposing possibilities of escaping the '[colonial power] cul-de-sac by listening in, listening back and listening forward to indigenous knowledge' and Hershman Leeson 'for indexing the cybernetic concerns that run through the exhibitions in an illuminating and powerful way'.
At the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019, Golden Lions went to Lithuania's Lina Lapelyte, Vaiva Grainyte and Rugile Barzdziukaite for their opera-installation Sun & Sea (Marina) (2019) and American video artist Arthur Jafa for his film The White Album (2019). —[O]
Related Artists: LYNN HERSHMAN LEESON 林恩·赫舍曼·利森