Max Mara Art Prize for Women Shortlist: Zinzi Minott

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Zinzi Minott (b.1986)

Zinzi Minott’s work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics. Minott explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. She is specifically interested in the place of Black women’s body within the form.
As a dancer and filmmaker, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance, seeing her live performance, filmic explorations, prints and objects as different, but connected manifestations of dance and body based outcomes and modes of inquiry.

Minott is interested in ideas of broken narrative, disturbed lineage, and how the use of the glitch can help us to consider notions of racism one experiences through the span of a Black life. She is specifically interested in telling Caribbean stories and highlighting the histories of those enslaved during The Atlantic Slave Trade and the resulting migration of the Windrush Generation.

She is a Laban alumnus, the first dancer to be Artist in residence at both Serpentine Gallery (London, UK, 2018) and Tate (London, UK, 2017) respectively. She received The Continuous commission for 2020-2022 (UK), The Jerwood Live Work Award in 2020 (UK), and won The Adrian Howells Award for 2019/2020 (UK). She was recently nominated for the Live Art award- Shortlist LIVE 2022 (Finland).