“Her contribution to the medium and the bigger cultural panorama is indelible,” stated Richard Armstrong, the Guggenheim’s director.
Organized with the style firm to acknowledge achievement in modern artwork, the prize comes with a $100,000 honorarium in addition to a solo exhibition subsequent 12 months.
Combining parts of documentary, portraiture and stagecraft, Ms. Lawson, 41, makes use of the physique and home environments to discover themes of household, identification and neighborhood.
“The furnishings could also be coated in plastic and the wall paint peeling,” the photography critic Arthur Lubow wrote in The New York Times in 2018. However when the photographer poses her topics “in humble rooms, she sees the survivors of a historical past of slavery and colonization who stand proudly amid the shards of vanished empires.”
Born in Rochester, N.Y., Ms. Lawson has a solo show scheduled to open on Oct. 27, 2021, on the Institute of Modern Artwork in Boston that may embody a choice of her pictures from 2004 to the current.
In gentle of the pandemic, for the primary time because the prize was established in 1996, every of the remaining shortlisted artists will obtain an honorarium of $10,000. They’re: Nairy Baghramian of Isfahan, Iran; Kevin Beasley of Lynchburg, Va.; Elias Sime of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Cecilia Vicuña of Santiago, Chile; and Adrián Villar Rojas of Rosario, Argentina.