Finalists Announced for For Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative
Following a worldwide search, Rolex today announced the 25 finalists being considered for a year of creative exchange in architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and visual arts, as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. One young artist in each discipline will be selected as a protégé for 12 months of one-to-one collaboration with leading artists Olafur Eliasson, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Michael Ondaatje, Alexei Ratmansky, Kaija Saariaho, Jennifer Tipton and Peter Zumthor.
The finalists, who range from 22 to 38 years of age, were selected from 154 nominees. They come from 21 countries, with all regions of the world represented: Asia (four finalists), Europe (six), North America (three), South America (five), Africa (five) and Middle East (two).
"During each cycle of the Arts Initiative, we have the privilege of meeting dynamic, emerging artists from around the world," said Rebecca Irvin, head of philanthropy at Rolex. "Every one of the finalists being considered has already been recognized for a growing body of work and exceptional promise. We anticipate great things in each of their careers and eagerly await the mentors' decisions to discover which seven of these artists will be selected as protégés."
The finalists in each category are:
Mentor Peter Zumthor
Amritha Ballal, 33, India
Orlando Garcia, 38, Colombia/ United States
Gloria María Cabral Insaurralde, 31, Paraguay
Hiba Shahzada, 29, Jordan
Mentor Alexei Ratmansky
Robert Binet, 22, Canada
Myles Thatcher, 23, United States
George Williamson, 23, United Kingdom
Mentor Alejandro González Iñárritu
Fellipe Barbosa, 33, Brazil
Denes Nagy, 33, Hungary
Tom Shoval, 32, Israel
Mentor Michael Ondaatje
Neal Hovelmeier, 35, Zimbabwe
Togara Muzanenhamo, 38, Zimbabwe
Chinelo Okparanta, 32, Nigeria/United States
Miroslav Penkov, 31, Bulgaria/United States
Mentor Kaija Saariaho
Felipe Lara, 34, Brazil/United States
Vasco Mendonça, 36, Portugal
Anna Thorvaldsdottir, 36, Iceland
Mentor Jennifer Tipton
Kévin Briard, 29, France
Christopher Kuhl, 30, United States
Sebastián Solórzano Rodríguez, 27, Mexico
Yeung Tsz Yan, 30, Hong Kong
Mentor Olafur Eliasson
Sammy Baloji, 35, Democratic Republic of Congo/Belgium
Dineo Seshee Bopape, 32, South Africa
Sahej (Harveet) Rahal, 25, India
Sumakshi Singh, 34, India
The seven protégés selected from these finalists will be announced in May 2014.
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