BALTIC is delighted to present the second BALTIC Artists’ Award, a worldwide biennial art award judged solely by artists. Three internationally renowned artist-judges, Lubaina Himid, Michael Rakowitz and Haegue Yang, have each selected an artist who has the opportunity to realise new work which will be seen in this four-month exhibition.

Aaron Hughes (born 1982, Waukegan, IL, USA) is an artist, activist, organiser, teacher, and Iraq War veteran based in Chicago. Hughes works collaboratively with a range of artists, veterans, activists, art organizations and projects, operating in diverse spaces and media. His work seeks out and shares the poetic connections that bind us together, reveal our shared humanity and make meaning out of personal and collective trauma. Selected by Michael Rakowitz.

Kang Jungsuck (born 1984, Seoul, South Korea) makes videos, sculptures, installations and self-published books which explore the intersection of the real and the virtual. Interested in the gaming industry, and drawing from his own everyday experiences of the digital realm, Kang creates environments which explore multiple realities using video and gaming technology and fabricated objects. Selected by Haegue Yang.

Ingrid Pollard (born 1953, Guyana) uses photographs, prints, moving image and audio to uncover the layered histories of representation. Melding together ephemera with iconic images; the English with the African, it makes visible the invisible, to reveal in her words ‘what we always knew was there’. While investigating race, ethnicity and public spaces she has developed work juxtaposing landscape and portraiture which provide a context for issues of migration, family and home. Selected by Lubaina Himid.

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