Founded in 2012, the FAENA PRIZE serves as a platform for a continued reflection on the present moment and its irreversible and heterogeneous changing nature. This new edition of the Faena Prize for the Arts will take place for the first time in Miami, a city that has been home to Faena Art’s programming for the past five years. We invite artists across genres, disciplines, and technologies to imagine temporary and site-specific projects to be installed at the Faena Beach. The selected proposal will be presented during Miami Art Week 2022.

Under these historical circumstances, our relationship with the urban environment has become more meaningful, and with that, so did the sense of belonging that public art can activate. The times are different, and terms like “home”, as a sense of immediate belonging, have gained significant relevance in our lives. We are constantly looking for who we are, where we come from and trying to find our place in life. What we call home, what resembles home, what makes us feel home defines us physically and emotionally, as individuals and as a community. We are progressively transitioning from ways of seeing to ways of experiencing and engaging with nature and our immediate surroundings more consciously and in co-existence. The quintessential melting pot, Miami takes its name from the Mayaimi tribe of Native Americans who originally inhabited this land and gave their name to its lakes and rivers. This is a land built on diaspora identities, shared cultures, and a fleeting population.

We invite artists to envision site-specific monumental projects for the Faena Beach that are in conversation with the ideas mentioned above and that align with Faena Art’s mission. See more in our press release here.

The winning proposal will receive a US $100,000 prize – US $25,000 in unrestricted funds will be awarded directly to the artist, and the remaining US $75,000 will be allocated towards the production of the new commission to be installed temporarily at the Faena Beach during Miami Art Week 2022.

The Jury of the 2022 Faena Prize for the Arts will include Cecilia Alemani(Curator of the 59th Venice Biennale); artist Alexandre Arrechea; Caroline Bourgeois (Chief Curator of the Pinault Collection); cultural place-maker Ximena Caminos; Chus Martínez (Director Art Institute at the FHNW Academy of Art and Design, Basel); and José Roca (Artistic Director 23rd Biennale of Sydney).

To further the reach of ambitious artistic minds, the 2022 Faena Prize will also feature a Nominating Committee that will include nine curators and museum directors from around the world, coordinated by independent curator Direlia Lazo. These nominations will be anonymous and will be reviewed by the Faena Prize jury along with all open call submissions.

The Nominating Committee will include: Carla Acevedo-Yates (Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator, MCA Chicago); Diana Campbell Betancourt(Artistic Director, Dhaka-based Samdani Art Foundation); Juan Canela(Curator-at-large, MAC Panama and Artistic Director, Zsonamaco, Mexico City); Binna Choi (Director of Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, Utrecht, and co-Artistic Director of the 2022 Singapore Biennale); Catalina Lozano (Chief Curator, Artium Museoa, Spain, and co-curator of the Mexican Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2022); Raimundas Malašauskas (Independent Curator); and Maria Elena Ortiz (Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami).