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Five artists have been nominated for Canada's premiere contemporary art prize, one from each of the prize's five regions.

Who Are the Sobey Art Award Nominees for 2023?

Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill, Counterblaste (2021). Pantyhose, tobacco, beer can tabs, wildflowers, thread, charms. 24 x 200 x 66 cm. Exhibition view: 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, The Milk of Dreams (23 April–27 November 2022). Courtesy La Biennale di Venezia. Photo: Marco Cappelletti.

The National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Sobey Art Foundation have announced the five finalists for this year's Sobey Art Award.

Works by the nominees will be exhibited at the Gallery from 13 October 2023 until 3 March 2024, with the winner of the CA $100,000 prize to be announced in November 2023.

Séamus Gallagher, A Slippery Place 2 (2019). Inkjet print. 40 x 60 in.

Séamus Gallagher, A Slippery Place 2 (2019). Inkjet print. 40 x 60 in. Courtesy the artist.

The nominees (and their home regions) are: queer new media artist Séamus Gallagher (Atlantic); Tehran-born research-based artist Anahita Norouzi (Québec); Trinidad-born lens-based artist Michèle Pearson Clarke (Ontario); Inuvialuk artist Kablusiak (Prairies and the North), who explores gender and sexual identities through materials including flour and lingerie; and Cree and Métis artist Gabrielle L'Hirondelle Hill (West Coast & Yukon), who uses found objects in her collages and assemblages.

Kablusiak Carpenter, Up Front: Plucked Ookpik and Furby Ookpik (2022). Vinyl mural. 407 x 114 in.

Kablusiak Carpenter, Up Front: Plucked Ookpik and Furby Ookpik (2022). Vinyl mural. 407 x 114 in. Courtesy the artist and Inuit Art Foundation.

'The work of the five finalists present views on many urgent matters of our time, including 2SLGBTQ+ solidarities and representation, as well as critical questions regarding diasporic experience and Canadian identity,' said Jonathan Shaughnessy, NGC's Director of Curatorial Initiatives and Chair of the 2023 Sobey Award Jury.

The Sobey Art Award was established in 2002. Last year, it was won by Divya Mehra, who exhibited a bouncy castle Taj Mahal with an extraordinarily long title in the Award exhibition. —[O]

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