Winter 2013

Jury (5), Nominators (10)

Spring 2013

Nominees (76)

Summer 2013

Shortlist (10)

Autumn 2013

Winners (2)

Winners of the 2013 Art Award

Absolut is delighted to announce the winners of the 2013 Absolut Art Award. The 2013 prize for art work is awarded to Renata Lucas and the prize for Art Writing is awarded to Coco Fusco. As winning artist in the Art Work category, Renata Lucas receives a cash prize of €20,000 plus a budget of up to €100,000 to develop and produce a new art work, which will be donated to an Absolut partner institution. As winning Art Writer, Coco Fusco receives a cash prize of €20,000, complemented by a budget of up to €25,000 for the publication and distribution of a new book, in collaboration with a leading publishing house.

Writer
Coco Fusco (Writer)

Born 1960 in New York, lives in New York Coco Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist, writer and Director of Intermedia Initiatives at Parsons The New School for Design. In 2009 she was appointed Critic in painting/printmaking at Yale University. She has performed, lectured, exhibited and curated around the world since 1988. She is a recipient of a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Fusco's work combines electronic media and performance in a variety of formats, from staged multi-media performances incorporating large scale projections and closed circuit television to live performances streamed to the internet that invite audiences to chart the course of action through chat interaction. The Jury for the 2013 Absolut Art Award made the following statement about their choosing Coco Fusco as winner in the category of art writing: ”The jury awards Coco Fusco, a leading voice in intercultural theory and practice since the 1980s, for her proposal to analyse recent performance practices in Cuba in a new publication. These practices project the abject body of those persons considered ’socially dangerous’ by power against a body defined officially as ’revolutionary’ and yet restrained and limited by that same power.”

Artist
Renata Lucas (Artist)

Renata Lucas’ practice is largely focused on temporary interventions into built environments, pushing the delineated boundaries of architectural and urban space, and asking questions about how our day-to-day lives and social behavior are affected by the spaces that surround us. Her work has a certain amount in common with the art of Lygia Clark and Gordon Matta-Clark. Lucas breaks up the standard and expected forms of various everyday surfaces and structures, offering alternative perspectives and pathways for those who encounter her work. Renata Lucas’ installations and spatial interventions radically and playfully subvert the routes and approaches laid out for us by architects, planners, property owners and developers, and others whose authority and designs define our movements and sense of place. In each of her projects, Renata Lucas begins with a personal investigation of the chosen site. The Jury for the 2013 Absolut Art Award made the following statement about their choosing Renata Lucas as winner in the category of art: ”The jury awards artist Renata Lucas for her proposal to create a fragmented and dispersed new museum. She will subtly alter ordinary locations, so that her participants will encounter modified spaces and enter into altered states of understanding of the various departments of this disarticulated museum and open social and public space – a renewed environment for the imaginary to thrive in”.

Finalists

Venice. 31 May 2013. 10 of the 76 nominees for the 2013 Absolut Art Award were named as finalists in the nomination process for the award at a special event at the Venice Biennale. The Absolut Art Award announced the names of 10 candidates in the categories of Art Work and Art Writing. Some of the world's most respected art world professionals were present for the announcement.

The new nomination process for The Absolut Art Award in 2013 has highlighted the richness and diversity of artistic strategies and forms of expressions around the world. The task taken on by the Jury to select a shortlist of nominees was by no means an easy one. The ten finalists for the 2013 Absolut Art Award are:

Artists
Anna Boghuigian

Anna Boghuigian

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates

Goldin + Senneby

Goldin + Senneby

Renata Lucas

Renata Lucas

Seth Price

Seth Price

Writers
Lars Bang Larsen

Lars Bang Larsen

Luis Camnitzer

Luis Camnitzer

Coco Fusco

Coco Fusco

Hito Steyerl

Hito Steyerl

Hamza Walker

Hamza Walker

Nominees

Artist
Ed Atkins Artist, England
Lutz Bacher Artist, USA
Nairy Baghramian Artist, Iran
David Hullfish Bailey Artist, USA
Diego Bianchi Artist, Argentina
Anna Boghiguian Artist, Egypt
Tania Bruguera Artist, Cuba / USA
Andrea Büttner Artist, Germany
Gerard Byrne Artist, Ireland
Patty Chang Artist, USA
Padmini Chettur Artist, India
Audrey Cottin Artist, France
Abraham Cruzvillegas Artist, Mexico
Tacita Dean Artist, England
Gintaras Didžiapetris Artist, Lithuania
Chitra Ganesh Artist, India
Fernando García-Dory Artist, Spain
Theaster Gates Artist, USA
Omer Fast Artist, Israel
Annika Eriksson Artist, Sweden
Miranda July Artist, USA
Hassan Khan Artist, England / Egypt
Tsang Kin-Wah Artist, China
Bernd Krauss Artist, Germany
Fernanda Laguna Artist, Argentina
Moshekwa Langa Artist, South Africa
Liz Magic Laser Artist, USA
Dinh Q. Lê Artist, Vietnam
Gabriel Lester Artist, The Netherlands
Li Liao Artist, China
Htein Lin Artist, Myanmar
Renata Lucas Artist, Brazil
Aditya Mandayam Artist, India
Steve Mcqueen Artist, England
Julie Mehretu Artist, Ethiopia
Santo Mofokeng Artist, South Africa
Tania Mouraud Artist, France
Rabih Mroué Artist, Lebanon
Zanele Muholi Artist, South Africa
Eduardo Navarro Artist, Argentina
Paulo Nazareth Artist, Brazil
Otobong Nkanga Artist, Nigeria
Henrik Olesen Artist, Denmark
Laura Owens Artist, USA
Roman Ondák Artist, Slovakia
Anja Kirschner & David Panos Artist, Germany / Greece
Julio Le Parc Artist, Argentina
Philippe Parreno Artist, France
Po Po Artist, Burma
Seth Price Artist, USA
Cheng Ran Artist, China
Monica Ross Artist, England
Sharmila Samant Artist, India
Goldin + Senneby Artist, Sweden
Zamthingla Ruivah Shimray Artist, India
Mickalene Thomas Artist, USA
Suzanne Treister Artist, England
Mario Garcia Torres Artist, Mexico
Writers
Claire Bishop Writer, England
Luis Camnitzer Writer, Uruguay / USA
T.J. Demos Writer, England
Bruce Hainley Writer, USA
Coco Fusco Writer, USA
Lars Bang Larsen Writer, Denmark
Lawrence Liang Writer, India
Tom Lubbock Writer, England
John Kelsey Writer, USA
Enrique Vila-Matas Writer, Spain
Aaron Schuster Writer, USA
Hito Steyerl Writer, Germany
Hamza Walker Writer
Pauline J. Yao Writer, USA / China
Tirdad Zolghadr Writer, USA

Nominators

Inés Katzenstein

Inés Katzenstein

Zasha Colah

Zasha Colah

Bassam El Baroni

Bassam El Baroni

Jacob Fabricius

Jacob Fabricius

Anthony Huberman

Anthony Huberman

Thelma Golden

Thelma Golden

Jury

The five jury members and 10 nominators nominate 5 artists and 1 writer each. 

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

Beatrix Ruf

Beatrix Ruf

Susan Hiller

Susan Hiller

Maria Lind

Maria Lind

Chus Martinez

Chus Martinez


2011 Award

Anri Sala was presented with the Absolut Art Award in 2011. Born in 1974 in Tirana, Albania, he lives and works in Paris and Berlin. Anri Sala works mainly with film, creating beautiful cinematic installations. In Sala’s work, the information the viewer receives is often initially experienced as insufficient for creating any sense of meaning. In Anri Sala’s films nothing is immediately clear at first glance, forcing the viewer to sharpen their senses and actively engage with the work. Sala’s films make use of documentary, narrative, and autobiographical strategies. Human memory and the history of modernity, the clash of the political and the personal are at the heart of his artistic practice. Music has played an increasingly important role in his work in recent years, often in interactions between sound and architecture. Sala’s works often focus on moments “between” events. His poetic films give the viewer a sense of imminence, of being in a brief agonistic moment that must inevitably lead to something of a different substance or value. There is a correlation between Sala's films and the spaces in which they are exhibited. Sala works with the temporalities of the different works and how they relate to each another and to the audience. 

2011 Award



2010 Award

2010 Award


Rirkrit Tiravanija was presented with the Absolut Art Award in 2010. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1961, he now lives and works between Berlin, New York and Bangkok. A life of travelling and cultural exchanges has informed Rirkrit Tiravanija’s conceptual art practice. Tiravanija is not primarily a maker of objects. His works set the stage for other events beyond his control, creating the potential for interaction and participation. In his early installation projects, Tiravanija cooked and served food for exhibition visitors, an activity that has since become central to his artistic work. The situations he engineers are not about looking at art, but are about being in a space and taking part in an activity. By locating activities such as cooking, eating or sleeping in a space that most people associate with viewing paintings and sculpture, visitors unexpectedly find themselves in the midst of quite intimate interactions. These situations create an awareness of the notions of public and private space. This was exemplified in a 2005 show at the Serpentine Gallery, London, which featured two full-scale functional replicas of his New York apartment. A number of students and artists made these apartments their homes for the duration of the exhibition. The social dimension of Tiravanija’s work is often linked with overtly political statements and actions, focusing on issues of ecology, education, freedom of speech, social inclusion, and radical political discourse. 


2009 Award

Keren Cytter was presented with the Absolut Art Award in 2009. Born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1977, she now lives and works in Berlin. Working with video and 35mm film, Keren Cytter creates her haunting poetic films largely singlehandedly. She writes, shoots and edits each project herself, employing casts of both professional and amateur actors. Her films emerge from a will to tell stories, although traditional linear narrative is rarely a dominant aspect of her work. Several of her films are composed as potentially infinite loops in which the protagonists meet, interact and repeatedly return to the same scenes again and again. In Cytter’s films, some scenes follow a linear narrative but are interrupted by the actors or narrator making comments about the filmmaking process. Lines of dialogue are interspersed with verbal references to scene changes, the overdubbing of an actors voice, and the repetitive nature of filming different takes. Sometimes the drama of the film is driven by such references, the actors verbalising cues from the director or editor. As we attempt to follow or construct a narrative, we are made aware of the internal logic of the artist’s process. We also become aware of how the clichés of film and television influence our day-to-day realities. The style of her films is reminiscent of amateur film, home movies, and video diaries. Cytter creates poetic montages of impressionistic film sequences, directed scenes, spoken accounts of memories and descriptions of emotions, and documentary footage. 

2009 Award



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