• Beyond Future Art Prize 2022

Vision for our sustainable future

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About the prize

The Prize encourages entries from artists around the world who have a keen interest and focus on the environment, sustainable living and climate change in their work. We aim to reveal and promote talented artists to be noticed by the general public and business partners in the contemporary art. The winner of 2022 prize will receive HK$25,000 cash award.

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Winner of 2022 - Mariam Abouzid Souali

Morocco

For me, art is a means of expression, a space of resistance, a trigger of transformation, of life. I particularly find pleasure in dealing with the constraints of painting and drawing, since, these constraints enable me, against all expectations, to intensely experiment my vocation of freedom.

My artistic practice seeks to bring witness to the social, geopolitical and environmental issues of our time, both within the local context of Morocco and the global context. Childhood play is the prominent metaphor I use to provoke a fictional narrative on the intersections between the natural environment, geopolitics and economy.

My work emphasizes the reality that human societies are only one chain-link among others in a complex system and that the quest for emergence must go hand in hand with the respect of this system. In my compositions, I usually bring together such dissimilar elements as childhood play memories, images from the natural and animal environment, on the one hand, and containers, cityscapes, ports or other signs of the modern life, on the other. I intend to highlight the growing dangers of the excessive exploitation of natural resources and to depict the dangerous human drive for unlimited progress, a desire whose victims are humans themselves, wildlife, the earth and the climate.
In addition to my predilection for recalling childhood play, many of my painting and drawing projetcs show how far I am interested in entering into dialogue with master pieces of Western art. There are two kee reasons behind such transhistorical and transcultural dialogue. First, there is my desire to recall the recurring nature of the human disasters and sufferings. The second reason is my need to create new narratives that allow me to reappropriate the present and to bring witness to the contemporary social, goepolitical and environmental global issues.

My artworks are in line with the focus of Beyond Future Art Prize, since it seeks to bring witness to the social and geopolitical issues of our time, both within the local context of Morocco and the continent of Africa, and around the globe. It emphasizes the reality that human societies are only one chain-link among others in a complex system and that the quest for emergence must go hand in hand with the respect of this system. From one painting to another, I wave a fictional space that invites the observer to become aware of the complexities inherent in the relationship between the human being and his environment. By bringing together such dissimilar elements as ‘children’s games, on the one hand, and containers, cityscapes, ports or other images of the tumult of modern life, on the other, I intend to highlight the growing dangers of the excessive exploitation of natural resources. Thus, My keen driving force as an artist is the urge to raise questions about sustainable living and to witness, in particular, climate change and its relation with other contemporary issues, such as migration, global economic inbalances and the multitude of social and political crises that the world is undergoing.

Free Trade, 2020

Acrylic on Canvas

200X230cm

Modern Time, 2020

Acrylic on Canvas

150X120cm

Uncertain Trade, 2021

Acrylic on Canvas

135.5x120cm

Equilibrium 1, 2021

Acrylic on Canvas

120X80cm

Equilibrium 3, 2021

Acrylic on Canvas

130.5x118cm

Raised Winner Prize as of today (HK$)

Theme of 2022

Why “E” embrace?

Living on this planet, wE share same Earth, same Environment, same homE, and same climate change.

To see all this fortune last for everyone and future generations, we invite artists, wherever you are, to share with us your journey of embracing the beauty of the earth. All possible angles, media, and forms are welcomed.

Share your story now.
Vision for our sustainable future.

Judging Criteria

The jurors will evaluate the works by taking into consideration the international contemporary art features and according to qualitative criteria as well as technical abilities.

Originality of the work

Novelty

Technical Mastery

Message Conveyed

Award Jury

Desmond Fung

Co-founder of Studio 83, VZOW and Bond 83

Charles Hui

Co-founder of Studio 83, VZOW and Bond 83

Xiang Gu

Sustainability Practitioner

Yvette Ho

Trustee of Design Trust

Doris Kuok

Head of Strategy Media at Dentsu HK

Angelina Li

Director of Apollo Sun Partnership

Lisa Chan

Medical doctor, co-founder of EverKeen Medical Centre

Andrew Lam

Lawyer & Private Equity Investor

Top 18 Finalists 2022

Lautaro Fabricio Musse

Argentina

Roberta Cavallari

Italy

Jie Li

United States

Denis Korolev

Russia

San Yeung

Australia

Hu Jiamin

France

Xanthe Burdett

United Kingdom

Cai Mine Rong

Taiwan

Constance Regardsoe

United Kingdom

Abshar

Iran

Reni Haymond

Hong Kong

Fereidoun Hasankhanighavam

Iran

Milan Zulic

Switzerland

Ilya Ostashev

Russia

Julianne Ho

Taiwan

Sarah Arsenault

United Kingdom

Mariam Souali

Morocco

Li Er Xing

Hong Kong

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Enquiry

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