Stephanie Comilang claims Canadas Sobey Art Award

Stephanie Comilang Photo: Leroy Schulz

Toronto native Stephanie Comilang was named winner of Canadas top contemporary art prize, the Sobey Art Award, at the Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) in Edmonton Friday night. The C$100,000 annual prize goes to a Canadian artist aged 40 years or younger.

“I dont have to worry financially now. Its so amazing,” said the video installation artist shortly after learning she had won. “Its really tough being an artist. There are so many moments of doubt. Youre broke. Toronto is insane for rent,” she added, noting that she makes a second home in Berlin, where “its cheaper”.

Born to Filipino parents who escaped the Marcos dictatorship in the 1970s, Comilang set about breaking new ground in Canada. “Representation means everything,” she said. “Growing up I didnt really see anyone like me. I didnt see Filipino artists.”

She graduated from Torontos Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD), in 2007, and recognised the college for allowing her to realise her dreams. “At OCAD, it was knowing that you could make art,” Comilang said. “As a kid growing up, youre not really sure.”

In its decision, the Sobey jury said of the winners work: “Through what she calls science-fiction documentaries, Comilang speaks to how the world is increasingly Read More – Source