viennacontemporary 2018 |Prize winners

We are happy to announce the prize winners of 2018 !

The winner for the Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence program goes to the artist Valter Ventura represented by Kubik Gallery (PT) in the category of artistic photography and media art. The viennacontemporary BILDRECHT SOLO AWARD goes to Nana Mandl represented by Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (AT) and  The Artproof production grant and residency for photography to Piruza Khalapyan represented by Focus: Armenia, organised by Armenia Art Foundation.

Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence program

Valter Ventura, FLASH! BANG! #3, 2018, Courtesy KUBIK Gallery, photo credits: Margarita Ignatyuk

In cooperation with viennacontemporary and EIKON–International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, the Q21 awards a residency scholarship as part of the Q21 Artist-in-Residence programme at the MuseumsQuartier Wien. Exhibiting galleries of viennacontemporary had the opportunity to nominate international artists for the scholarship. The prize enables an artist to live and work in one of the nine artist studios in the MuseumsQuartier Wienfor one month in 2019. In addition, the winner selected by the jury will receive a scholarship of 1,050 euro.

The Artist-in-Residence Prize was awarded to the artist Valter Ventura (Kubik Gallery, PT) in the category of artistic photography and media art. The jury consisting of Elisabeth Hajek, Artistic Director, frei_raum Q21 exhibition space, Q21 Artist-in-Residence Programme, Nela Eggenberger, Editor-in-Chief, EIKON– International Magazine for Photography and Media Art, Sabine Winkler, Curator, Matthew Stephenson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Photographers’ Gallery, awarded the scholarship prize on the following grounds: “In his multimedia installations, Valter Ventura (born in 1979 in Lisbon) continuously explores the nature of photography and its historical as well as contemporary significance. His almost forensic method, which can be experienced through a complex display reminiscent of natural-historical museum presentations, allows him to dig like an archaeologist into the depths in order to reveal observations of perception.”

 viennacontemporary | BILDRECHT SOLO AWARD

Installation view: Nana Mandl, Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, photo credits: Kunstdokumentation.com

With the involvement of an independent jury of experts, this year’s award for an outstanding solo presentation within the scope of viennacontemporary will be awarded for the first time by the Austrian copyright association Bildrecht. Under the viennacontemporary | Bildrecht SOLO Award, 2,000 euro are awarded to an artist and to the exhibiting gallery. This year’s jury – Rainer Fuchs, Chief Curator, mumok – Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig Wien, Maximilian Geymüller, freelance curator, Sponsoring / Fundraising, Kunsthalle Wien, Roman Grabner, Director, curator, BRUSEUM, Nina Schedlmayer, freelance art critic, Hemma Schmutz, Artistic Director, LENTOS, NORDICO, Tina Teufel, curator (contemporary art), Museum der Moderne Salzburg –chaired by Günter Schönberger, Managing Director, Bildrecht – has decided to award Nana Mandl represented by Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna (AT) on the following grounds:”Nana Mandl creates comprehensive room collages with images and quotations. Pictures from the web are overlaid, deformed and combined. As a very contemporary position that draws on digital content and breaks out of the canon of the avant-garde and neo-avant-garde, Nana Mandl is honored for her presence at the viennacontemporary, as well as Lisa Kandlhofer (Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer, Vienna, AT) for her commitment.”

 The Artproof production grant and residency for photography

20180926_vc_(c)_kunst-dokumentation.com_Focus_Armenia_02.jpgInstallation view: Focus: Armenia, photo credits: Kunstdokumentation.com

Artproof is an international art printing laboratory with locations in Tallinn, Stockholm, and Berlin. The enterprise stages more than 100 exhibitions a year for artists worldwide.
At the Artproof photo-print laboratory, artists can realize their visions in exactly the way they want to. 
In order to support young artists working with the medium of photography, Artproof has so far
 awarded production grants in Estonia (since 2012), Finland (since 2014), Germany (since 2016), Sweden (since 2017), London (since 2017), and Vienna at viennacontemporary (since 2016). The grant includes 5.000 euro worth of printing and framing services. In addition, a one-week residency in Tallinn, Estonia, including flights and accommodation, will be provided, so that the winner can oversee the production process. The exhibition produced using the Artproof Grant will be delivered to Artists studio or gallery within the limits of EU complimentary.

Previous winners of the Artproof grant at viennacontemporary were Ulrike Königshofer (Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna) in 2016 and Anu Vahtra (Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest) in 2017. In 2018, a top-class jury consisting of Reinhard Braun, Artistic Director and Publisher of Camera Austria, Susanne Neuburger, Head of Collection at mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, and Krister Rekkaro, Export Sales Manager and Partner, Artproof, Berlin, chose the winner in the frame of viennacontemporary and gave the grant for production to Piruza Khalapyan represented by Focus: Armenia, organised by Armenia Art Foundation.

20180926-_DSC1817-2.jpgPiruza Khalapyan, My Place is Empty (Memory of a Disappearing City), 2017, photo credits: Margarita Ignatyuk

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27–30 September 2018
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