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R’n’B influenced music video artists win €15,000 grant

A scene from Niko the Ikon and Tierney Finster's second music video "Drop"

The young American artist team Niko the Ikon (Niko Karamyan) and Tierney Finster have won the public vote, which was hosted online by DIS Magazine, of the first edition of the Re Rebaudengo Serpentine Grant, announced at the Serpentine Gallery in London this morning. The pair will receive a €10,000 stipend to support their practice and another €5,000 to fund their next project, expanding their crowd favourite music video “Can We Talk” into a trilogy.

A young German artist, Riccardo Paratore, who has been living in a German street-front shop for a year, won the international jury’s vote and receives the same prize.

The grant, set up by the Turin-based Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and the Serpentine Gallery, is open to entrants born either in or after 1989, and ties in with the Serpentine’s “89plus Marathon” event (18-19 October), a research project co-founded by the curators Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist resulting in a series of panels, exhibitions and publications.

The winning works will be on show at the foundation during Turin’s contemporary art fair Artissima (8-10 November).

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