kurimanzutto donate Stand Prize to migrant charity

The 2016 recipients wanted to recognize ‘the migratory crisis unfolding throughout the world’

kurimanzutto_body.jpg

Installation view of Rodrigo Hernández, 'Every forest madly in love with the moon has a highway that crosses it from one side to the other', at kurimanzutto, Mexico City, 2016. Courtesy: kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Photograph: © Diego Pérez

Installation view of Rodrigo Hernández, 'Every forest madly in love with the moon has a highway that crosses it from one side to the other', at kurimanzutto, Mexico City, 2016. Courtesy: kurimanzutto, Mexico City. Photograph: © Diego Pérez

The recipients of the 2016 Stand Prize at Frieze London, kurimanzutto, have donated the prize sum to a charity. The gallery gifted the four figure sum to SMR, the Scalabrinian Mission for Migrants and Refugees, which like kurimanzutto is based in Mexico City.

The Mission is part of a wider congregation of San Carlos Borromeo Scalabrinianas, which has been accompanying migrants worldwide for 121 years and supporting them in Mexico for more than two decades. Sister Leticia Gutiérrez described SMR's work in a recent interview:

‘We accompany three populations within the world of migration: those who have been victims of serious crime like torture, kidnapping, and imprisonment; solicitors of asylum, who we accompany in a smaller proportion but also help; and defenders of migrants’ human rights, who’ve been threatened, displaced, and even killed.’

guys.jpg

The community at Casa SMR-Proyecto MAMBRÉ, Mexico City. Photograph: Sister Leticia Gutiérrez

The community at Casa SMR-Proyecto MAMBRÉ, Mexico City. Photograph: Sister Leticia Gutiérrez

kurimanzutto’s donation will in particular contribute towards the construction of the Casa SMR-Proyecto MAMBRÉ, a shelter in Mexico City for up to 65 people, where migrants in vulnerable situations can recuperate and plan for the future with the help of a team of professionals.

The gallery said that they made this decision in recognition of ‘the migratory crisis unfolding throughout the world’ and in particular as a sign of ‘their commitment to this situation in Mexico.’ A July report by the International Crisis Group claimed that intensified enforcement of the movement of people across Mexican borders since 2014 ‘has diverted undocumented migration into more costly, circuitous and dangerous channels.’

kurimanzutto_body_2.jpg

kurimanzutto's 2016 Stand Prize awarded presentation at Frieze London. Courtesy: Frieze. Photograph: Linda Nylind/Frieze

kurimanzutto's 2016 Stand Prize awarded presentation at Frieze London. Courtesy: Frieze. Photograph: Linda Nylind/Frieze

Founded in Mexico City in 1999 by Mónica Manzutto and José Kuri, kurimanzutto is currently located in the San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City and represents 34 artists of different nationalities. The gallery was awarded the Stand Prize for its presentation of Leonor Antunes, Roman Ondak and Gabriel Orozco by a jury comprising Bergen Kunsthall’s Martin Clark, MCA Chicago’s Omar Kholeif and LA MOCA’s Helen Molesworth.

The topicality of the global migrant crisis was evident elsewhere in the activities at this year’s Frieze London: a series of Frieze Talks invited speakers and the public to discuss the meaning of ’Borderlands’, while the Collections Fund at Frieze, supported by the Contemporary Art Society, enabled the UK’s Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art to make acquisitions at the fair of works specifically addressing themes of migration and displacement by John Akomfrah and Kader Attia.

Most Read

‘I could be the President of the United States, and still half the people in the room would question my authority’
From Linder at the Women’s Library to rare paintings by Serge Charchoune, the exhibitions to see outside of the main...
The argument that ancestral connection offers a natural grasp of the complex histories and aesthetics of African art is...
Ahead of the 52nd edition of Art Cologne, your guide to the best shows to see in the city
‘I'm interested in the voice as author, as witness, as conduit, as ventriloquist’ – the artist speaks...
In further news: a report shows significant class divide in the arts; and Helen Cammock wins Max Mara art prize
A genre more associated with painting, an interest in the environment grounds a number of recent artists’ films 
A new report suggests that women, people from working-class backgrounds and BAME workers all face significant...
The divisive director out after less than six months by mutual consent
In further news: Gillian Ayres (1930-2018); Met appoints Max Hollein as director; Cannes announces official selection
With miart in town, the best art to see across the city – from ghostly apparitions to the many performances across the...
From Grave of the Fireflies to The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, the visionary director grounded fantasy with...
In further news: art dealer and Warhol friend killed in Trump Tower fire; UK arts organizations’s gender pay gap...
Emin threatened ‘to punch her lights out’, she claimed in a recent interview
As the Man Booker Prize debates whether to nix US writers, the ‘homogenized future’ some novelists fear for British...
‘Very often, the answer to why not would be: because you’re a girl’ – for this series, writer Fran Lebowitz speaks...
The artist is also planning a glass fountain of herself spouting her own blood
‘The difficulties are those which remain invisible’: for a new series, writer and curator Andrianna Campbell speaks...
With ‘David Bowie Is’ at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Glenn Adamson on the evolution of the music video – a genre Bowie...
Under a metahistorical guise, the filmmaking duo enact hidden tyrannies of the contemporary age
The area’s development boom isn’t just in luxury property – the art scene is determined to keep its place too
In further news: Laura Owens’s 356 Mission space closes; John Baldessari guest-stars in The Simpsons
With his fourth plinth commission unveiled in London, the artist talks archaeological magic tricks and ...
When dealing with abuse in the art industry, is it possible to separate the noun ‘work’ from the verb?

Latest Magazines

frieze magazine

January - February 2018

frieze magazine

March 2018

frieze magazine

April 2018