BREAKING: A Nigerian listed among The 2017 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Winners | Trait News

Nigerian-born visual artist, working in Los Angeles, California, United State of America Njideka Akunyili Crosby makes a list of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award often refers as “genius” grant.

The list of the winners includes a characteristically wide array of disciplines: There’s painter Njideka Akunyili Crosby, for instance, works on paper combine collage, drawing, printmaking, photo transfers and painting and mathematician Emmanuel Candès and immunologist Gabriel Victora, among many others.

Each of the recipients has been selected for having “shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction” — and each will receive a $625,000 award from the foundation “as an investment in their potential,” paid out over five years with no strings attached.

Here are the full list of winners below:

 

Njideka Akunyili Crosby, age 34, a painter living in Los Angeles:

“Visualizing the complexities of globalization and transnational identity in works that layer paint, photographic imagery, prints, and collage elements.”

 

Sunil Amrith, age 38, a historian living in Cambridge, Mass.:

“Illustrating the role of centuries of transnational migration in the present-day social and cultural dynamics of South and Southeast Asia.”

 

Greg Asbed, age 54, human rights strategist living in Immokalee, Fla.:

“Transforming conditions for low-wage workers with a visionary model of worker-driven social responsibility.”

 

Annie Baker, age 36, playwright living in New York City:

“Mining the minutiae of how we speak, act, and relate to one another and the absurdity and tragedy that result from the limitations of language.”

 

Regina Barzilay, age 46, computer scientist living in Cambridge, Mass.:

“Developing machine learning methods that enable computers to process and analyze vast amounts of human language data.”

 

Dawoud Bey, age 63, photographer and educator living in Chicago:

“Using an expansive approach to photography that creates new spaces of engagement within cultural institutions, making them more meaningful to and representative of the communities in which they are situated.”

 

Emmanuel Candes, age 47, a mathematician and statistician living in Stanford, Calif.:

“Exploring the limits of signal recovery and matrix completion from incomplete data sets with implications for high-impact applications in multiple fields.”

 

Jason De Leon, age 40, anthropologist living in Ann Arbor, Mich.:

“Combining ethnographic, forensic, and archaeological evidence to bring to light the human consequences of immigration policy at the U.S.–Mexico border.”

 

Rhiannon Giddens, age 40, singer, instrumentalist and songwriter living in Greensboro, N.C.:

“Reclaiming African American contributions to folk and country music and bringing to light new connections between music from the past and the present.”

 

Cristina Jimenez Moreta, age 33, social justice organizer living in Washington, D.C.:

“Changing public perceptions of immigrant youth and playing a critical role in shaping the debate around immigration policy.”

 

Taylor Mac, age 44, theater artist living in New York City:

“Engaging audiences as active participants in works that dramatize the power of theater as a space for building community.”

 

Rami Nashashibi, age 45, community leader living in Chicago:

“Confronting the challenges of poverty and disinvestment in urban communities through a Muslim-led civic engagement effort that bridges race, class, and religion.”

 

Viet Thanh Nguyen, age 46, fiction writer and cultural critic living in Los Angeles:

“Challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that war lives on for those it has displaced.”

 

Kate Orff, age 45, landscape architect living in New York City:

“Designing adaptive and resilient urban habitats and encouraging residents to be active stewards of the ecological systems underlying our built environment.”

 

Trevor Paglen, age 43, artist and geographer living in Berlin:

“Documenting the hidden operations of covert government projects and examining the ways that human rights are threatened in an era of mass surveillance.”

 

Betsy Levy Paluck, age 39, psychologist living in Princeton, N.J.:

“Unraveling how social networks and norms influence our interactions with one another and identifying interventions that can change destructive behavior.”

 

Derek Peterson, age 46, historian living in Ann Arbor, Mich.:

“Reshaping our understanding of African colonialism and nationalism in studies that foreground East African intellectual production.”

 

Damon Rich, age 42, designer and urban planner living in Newark, N.J.:

“Creating vivid and witty strategies to design and build places that are more democratic and accountable to their residents.”

 

Stefan Savage, age 48, computer scientist living in La Jolla, Calif.:

“Identifying and addressing the technological, economic, and social vulnerabilities underlying internet security challenges and cybercrime.”

 

Yuval Sharon, age 37, opera director and producer living in Los Angeles:

“Expanding how opera is performed and experienced through immersive, multisensory, and mobile productions that are infusing a new vitality into the genre.”

 

Tyshawn Sorey, age 37, composer and musician living in Middletown, Conn.:

“Assimilating and transforming ideas from a broad spectrum of musical idioms and defying distinctions between genres, composition, and improvisation in a singular expression of contemporary music.”

 

Jesmyn Ward, age 40, fiction writer living in New Orleans:

“Exploring the enduring bonds of community and familial love among poor African Americans of the rural South against a landscape of circumscribed possibilities and lost potential.”

 

Gabriel Victoris, age 40, immunologist living in New York City:

“Investigating acquired, or adaptive, immunity and the mechanisms by which organisms’ antibody-based responses to infection is fine-tuned.”

 

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