Mandy El-Sayegh is one of three nominees for the 2023 edition of the prestigious Jean-François Prat Prize. This annual prize has been supporting emerging contemporary painters since 2012.
Mandy El-Sayegh's work examines how social, cultural and political orders are formed and deconstructed in the contemporary world. Her works often feature newsprint, advertisements, aerial maps, anatomy books and her father's calligraphy, alongside hand-painted elements and non-traditional materials such as latex, allowing her to move between material, corporeal and linguistic frameworks. El-Sayegh describes her process as 'preoccupied with part-whole relations'. As she assembles diverse materials (or 'parts') into a realised artwork ('the whole'), she enacts a cumulative process by which meanings come into being. Motifs are often repeated across multiple works, demonstrating how the signification of information might change when placed in new contexts.
The jury will be chaired by Manuel Borja Villel, co-curator of the upcoming 2023 edition of the Biennale of São Paulo and former director of the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid. The winning artist will be announced on 27 June 2023.
The Bredin Prat Foundation for Contemporary Art invites the three shortlisted artists of the Jean-François Prat Prize 2023 to present their works in a group exhibition. The exhibition, on view from 27 June – 27 July 2023 at the Bredin Prat Foundation in Paris, can be visited by appointment on Saturdays.