The Evens Arts Prize 2011
The work of the Belgian artist Sven Augustijnen expands and undermines the traditional codes of documentary practice and questions the narratives underlying current political and social practices.
The artist was selected as the recipient of the award by an independent jury which chose from a list of 20 internationally acclaimed artists, nominated by representatives of major European art institutions. The prize carries an award of € 15,000 and a support for a publication.
The public presentation of the award took place on 17 October 2011 at the Centre Pompidou and premièred in Paris the award-winner’s new film, Spectres.
The Evens Arts Prize was presented by Alain Seban, President of the Centre Pompidou.The screening was followed by a discussion with Sven Augustijnen, Bernard Blistène, Director of the Department of Cultural Development of the Centre Pompidou and Dork Zabunyan, philosopher and co-author of Foucault goes to the cinema.
In 2011, solo shows of the artist took place at Wiels Center for Contemporary Art in Brussels, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Kunsthalle Bern and de Appel Amsterdam. A special screening of Spectres was held at the Tate Modern, on 22 November 2011.
The Selection Committee
Pierre Bal-Blanc, CAC, Bretigny; Tanya Barson, Tate Modern; Andrea Bellini, Castello di Rivoli, Turin; Stephan Berg, Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Ann Demeester, De Appel, Amsterdam; Jacob Fabricius, Malmo Konsthall; Enrico Lunghi, Mudam, Luxembourg; Jaroslaw Suchan, Art Museum, Lodz; Dirk Snauwaert, Wiels, Brussels; Lynne Cooke, Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid
The Prize nominees
Tris Vonna Michell; Katerina Šedá; Roman Ondak; Rosa Barba; Joachim Koester; Ellen Gallagher; Duncan Campbell; Société Réaliste; Zarina Bhimji; Keren Cytter; Sven Augustijnen; Bert Theis; Sven ‘t Jolle; Anna Rispoli; Ján Mančuška ; Kris Martin; Seamus Farrell; Marcel van Eeden; Annie Vigier & Franck Apertet / les gens d’Uterpan; Achim Reichert & Marco Fiedler / Vier5
Dorian van der Brempt, director of deBuren, Brussels
Joana Mytkowska, director of the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
Maria Ines Rodriguez, chief curator at Musac, Leon
Nicolaus Schafhausen, director of Witte de With, Rotterdam
Marc-Olivier Wahler, director of Palais de Tokyo, Paris
The jury was chaired by Ernest Van Buynder, board member of the Evens Foundation and former chairman of the Museum for Contemporary Art in Antwerp (M HKA).
Image © Sven Augustijnen, Panorama, 2005, Newspaper supplement, 8 pages, black and white, colour