Blessy Augustine has been selected as the winner for Art Writers’ Award 2019-20. The jury reviewed compelling applications over several weeks in this competitive edition.
The jury was composed of Girish Shahane (Art Critic and Curator), Santhosh Sadanandan (Assistant Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi), Bhavna Kakar (Editor and Publisher, TAKE on art and Director Latitude 28), Federica Martini (Art historian and curator) and Akshay Pathak (Director, Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia).
During her residency at Villa Sträuli in Winterthur, Switzerland, Augustine will conduct research on the connections between labour, democracy and freedom using the works of Joseph Beuys and Tania Bruguera to probe the paradoxical relationship between having political rights and being free. Because Beuys—a Nazi turned educationist—and Bruguera—an artist operating in the communist dictatorship of Cuba—have had to contest actual legal and moral boundaries, Augustine believes their works can offer unique perspectives to arguments about the ‘illegality’ of citizenship and migration.
Marko Mijatovic studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg (HFBK). In 2011, as one of Wim Wenders’ students, he participated in the Sarajevo Talent Campus. His short film “Stadt der Elefanten” (City of Elephants), from 2015, received the best short film award from the Verband der deutschen Filmkritik (German Film Critics Association) at the Berlinale. His films have been screened at many festivals and exhibition venues, including Belvedere 21 in Vienna, the Werkschau space at the Spinnerei in Leipzig, Duisburger Filmwoche, VIS Vienna Shorts, Filmmuseum Frankfurt, DOK Leipzig, Pan?evo Film Festival in Serbia, and goEast in Wiesbaden. In 2016, he received a scholarship from the Karl H. Ditze Foundation, and from 2016 to 2018 he was a Cusanuswerk scholarship holder. Since 2014, he has been organising regular art and music events at the Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg. In 2018–19, he held a teaching post in the Artistic and Cultural Orientation programme at the HFBK. He currently works as a filmmaker, focusing on ethnographic film, in the research and teaching programme in the Urban Design department at HafenCity Universität Hamburg. In 2019, he was awarded one of the city of Hamburg’s grants for visual artists.
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Ana Alenso and Rubén D’hers are a couple of Venezuelan artists based in Berlin, Germany. As a couple and a team they have managed to participate in the creative process of the other, that is why they want in Winterthur to deepen their exchange and generate a new project together. Some key words that coincide and persist in their work are: water, sound,tension, fragility, society, objects, texture, tones, birds, clima change and oil. During their stay in Villa Sträuli they want do develeop a series of sound compositions resulting from field recordings in the city of Winterhur and its surroundings accompanied by audiorecordings of texts, testimonies and specific sounds related to our firsts experiences with the city.
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> Rubén D'hers