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Since 2009, Sam Art Projects has awarded an annual prize to a contemporary artist residing in France and presenting a project to a non-Western foreign country. The aim of this approach is to promote dialogue between North and South and East and West in order to spread art outside the major marketplaces. As the philanthropic project celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, this year’s SAM Prize (worth €20,000) was awarded to photographer Laura Henno. In addition to an exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo in 2021, she will benefit from a residency in the Comoros and Mayotte in 2020 to make her film, “N’Dzuani”, which takes a look at the lives of local illegal immigrants, called “Bouchemans”. Among the finalists of this 2019 edition: Anne-Sophie Turion, Eric Minh Cuong Castaing, Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, Chloé Quenun and Gaëlle Choisne. The scientific committee, which chooses its winner each year, is composed of Sandra Hegedüs, Jean-Hubert Martin, Gaël Charbau, Annabelle Teneze, Emma Lavigne, Nicolas Bourriaud, Myriam Ben Salah and Marta Gili. A look back at the award ceremony at the Tokyo Art Club….

Photos: Michael Huard
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