Chosen from more than fifty-two hundred applications, the fifty projects selected to receive awards are located in fifteen states and territories, with more than 60 percent of the artists identifying as women and 77 percent as people of color. Ranging in terms of discipline from digital technology and the performing arts to documentary film and visual practice, each project will receive up to $50,000 in funding and an additional $50,000 in advisory and career development support.
The winning projects include As of a Now, by Elissa Blount Moorhead, an X-ray film projection installation 3D-mapped onto a vacant row house and featuring audiovisual narratives, oral histories, augmented reality, and artifacts evoking the lives of the building's African-American former residents; A Brief Portrait of Small Deaths, a novel by Maaza Mengiste about a German painter and his model, an Afro-German woman, struggling to stay together as Nazism becomes a malign force in 1930s Germany; Daughter of the Hills, an interdisciplinary theater work by Martha Redbone and Aaron Whitby about a woman who returns to the Black Mountain coal country of Kentucky, which her family has called home for centuries; and How to Have an American Baby, a documentary film by Leslie Tai about the booming shadow economy catering to Chinese birth tourists who travel to the United States on "birthing vacations."
Other recipients include Native Nation by Larissa FastHorse, a community-generated and community-performed immersive theatrical experience created through radical engagement with the Lakota communities of South Dakota; Surrogate by Lauren McCarthy, who will explore the dynamics of a future where humans have ever-growing control over life itself through genetic modification, reproductive technologies, and changing notions of child care; and Washed Up: Transforming a Trashed Landscape by Alejandro Durán, an environmental installation and photography project that transforms the international debris washing up on Mexico's Caribbean coast.
"The 2019 class of Creative Capital Awardees is a window into some of the most innovative, exciting, and powerful work being undertaken today," said Creative Capital president and executive director Suzy Delvalle. "We cannot wait to see how these projects develop, and how this incredible community of artists grows together and evolves."
For a complete list of the 2019 awards recipients, see the Creative Capital website.
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