Golden Lion Award for Best Artist
56th Venice Biennale
Golden Lion for best artist in the International Exhibition All the World’s Futures to Adrian
for The Probable Trust Registry: The Rules of the Game #1-#3.
A pioneering artist, Piper has reformed conceptual practice to include personal subjectivity—of herself,
her audience and the publics in general. Her presentations invite us to engage in a life-long
performance of personal responsibility and call our attention to the ephemeral and transitional
character of value systems.
I am deeply grateful to the jury for selecting my work for
this award, and I am humbled to have been chosen in the presence of all of the powerful and eloquent art
in this magnificent exhibition. It is a very great honor to accept it on behalf of all of the artists
who have contributed so much to the realization of Okwui Enwesor’s vast and profound vision for
contemporary art in the 21st century, as a force not only for change but also for progress.
It is Okwui’s vision and deep insight into contemporary art
as the scalpel for dissecting the tectonic shifts of cultural capital, production and value, to which I
am most deeply grateful for my participation in this year’s Venice Biennale. This exhibition is the
game-changer for any and all future exhibitions anywhere that aspire to be international; and none will
be able to lay claim to that title without consulting and learning from his magisterial achievement in
this one. It is a privilege to be a part of it. My gratitude for Okwui’s inspired and brilliant curation
of my work knows no bounds.
Without the dedication, commitment and forbearance of Luz
Gyalui and Paolo Cimarosti, my vision for my work would have been impossible to realize. My debt to both
of them, and to Alexandra Durand de la Penne for special help at an important moment, is very
Finally, again my heartfelt thanks to the judges for
bestowing on me the enormous privilege of this award. I am deeply moved and honored by their
recognition. Thank you.
9 May 2015