OTTAWA — Five artists from different regions of Canada are vying for the $100,000 Sobey Art Award, which is presented annually to a Canadian visual artist aged 40 and under.
Representing the Prairies and the North is Kablusiak, an Inuvialuk artist and curator based in Calgary, who uses creativity and humour to address cultural displacement and invite people to reconsider perceptions of contemporary Indigeneity.
The finalist from the Atlantic region is D'Arcy Wilson of Corner Brook, N.L., who as a descendent of European settlers, reflects on Canada's colonial interactions with the natural world.
The Ontario contender is Stephanie Comilang, who divides her time between Toronto and Berlin, whose documentary-based works have been showcased across the globe.
Anne Low is being recognized in the West Coast and Yukon for using sculpture, installation, textiles and printmaking to recontextualize everyday objects.
Quebec's Nicolas Grenier, who lives and works in Montreal and Los Angeles, also earned a nod for his practice blending painting, architectural installation and "experimental economies."
The grand prize winner will be announced at a gala on Nov. 15 at the Art Gallery of Alberta, where all five artists will be exhibited beginning Oct. 5.
The four finalists will each take home $25,000, and the remaining 20 artists on the long list will receive $2,000.