Programs / William and Meredith Saunderson Prizes for Emerging Artists

2020 Adjudicator


The laureates were chosen by Catherine Bédard, Exhibition Curator/Deputy Director of the Canadian Cultural Center, Canadian Embassy, Paris, and 2019 recipient of The Hnatyshyn Foundation’s Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art.

”The three artists making this selection come from very different esthetic and conceptual backgrounds. What they have in common, though, is to propose a reflection on how we relate to the current world, on our relationship to the material, virtual and psychic environment. They come from elsewhere, which gives them a dimension that was of particular interest for me. Kuwait-born, Jude Abu Zaineh immigrated from Palestine and creates biotechnological art founded on food, sharing and recycling. Sam Bourgault, a mathematician and scientist, now conceives visual and sound worlds as sophisticated as they are disturbing, giving shape to technological eeriness.  German-born, Marlon Kroll constantly crosses the boundaries between the creation of images and material objects, the world of contemporary music, and the conception of virtual environments, with a virtuosity and creative freedom which are in themselves a manifesto for "global circularity".  Catherine Bédard

The Hnatyshyn Foundation would like to thank her for her generous assistance.