Curator Wei Ying and artist and curator Long Xingru were named the winners of the 2018 Hyundai Blue Prize on Wednesday, November 7. Wei, who received the Creativity Prize, and Long, who received the Sustainability Prize, will both be given $87,000 from Hyundai, as well as opportunities for research trips and visits to international art institutions, reports Art Asia Pacific.
The awardees were selected by public voters online, artists, media professionals, and critics, including Qiu Zhijie and Art Asia Pacific editor and publisher Elaine W. Ng. Among the other finalists for the award were Wang Weiwei, cocurator of the 2018 Shanghai Biennale; Taikang Space curator Chelsea Liu Qianxi; duo Li Beiliang and Sun Tianyi; and Yao Mengxi.
Long, an interdisciplinary practitioner who often explores the relationship between technology, art, and community, has been featured in exhibitions at Gessoisland in Shenyang, China, and the 798 Art Factory and CAFA Art Museum in Beijing. After completing her graduate studies in biology at Fudan University, Wei served as a researcher at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and curator at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai, and in 2016, she established the arts space Pan-bioart Studio.