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BC21 Art Award 2015

26 September 2015 to 29 November 2015
Belvedere 21Belvedere
Exhibition of the Nominated Artists Andreas Duscha, Nilbar Güres, Sarah Pichlkostner, and Hannes Zebedin.

For the fifth time, the Boston Consulting Group and the Belvedere are awarding the BC21 Art Award of 20,000 euros. The four nominees’ work will be shown at an exhibition in the 21er Haus from 26 September to 29 November. At the end of October, an international jury shall decide on the award winner.

Andreas Duscha (b. 1976), Nilbar Güres (b. 1977), Sarah Pichlkostner (b. 1988), and Hannes Zebedin (b. 1976), artists who all live and work in Vienna, were nominated for this year’s BC21 BostonConsulting & BelvedereContemporary Art Award. The BC21 Art Award was launched in 2007 by the BCG and the Belvedere and is awarded to artists under the age of 40 living and working in Austria. Previous prizewinners were Anna Witt (2013), Lucie Stahl (2011), Nadim Vardag (2009), and Constantin Luser (2007). This year’s nomination jury comprised Cathérine Hug (curator, Kunsthaus Zürich), Sophie Goltz (city curator Hamburg), Joshua Simon (Director of MoBY – Museums of Bat Yam, Tel Aviv), and Francesco Stocchi (curator, Bojmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam) who all independently decided on one artist.

Andreas Duscha’s installations often take found digital images as a point of departure and employ various photographic technologies as well as analogue printing and reproduction processes. Thus combining historical facticity with fictional narratives, he captures more or less significant events or incidents and unfolds research-based and associative narratives that imagine and explore new layers of meaning.

In her textile collages, photographs, objects and videos, Nilbar Güres stages humorous, sometimes surreal situations about transgressing traditional female patterns of behaviour. She keeps challenging patriarchal rules of normality and heteronormativity and also the image regime pervaded by cultural codes, confronting these with a self-confident, feisty, and occasionally defiant attitude.

The works by Hannes Zebedin can also be understood as a negotiation of the relationship between art, social reality, and politics. His performances, sculptures, installations, and interventions, oftenarising from context-specific, sometimes also collective processes, combine systems analytical approaches with questions regarding societal abilities to act and individual agency.
The works of Sarah Pichlkostner focus on form finding and related processes. Oscillating between abstraction and implied functionality, her objects address their basic conditions such as their material, referential, and tactile qualities and their appearance in space.

The prize winner will be announced on 27 October 2015 by the selection jury comprising Ana Janevski (curator, MoMA, New York), Vasif Kortun, (Director SALT, Istanbul), João Ribas (curator, Serralves Museum, Porto), Polly Staple (Director Chisenhale Gallery, London), and Agnes Husslein-Arco (Director of the Belvedere and 21er Haus).

Curated by Luisa Ziaja.