Location: 21er Haus
BC21 BostonConsulting & BelvedereContemporary Art Award 2013
Marlene Haring – Ralo Mayer – Christoph Meier – Anna Witt
Anna Witt wins the BC21 BostonConsulting & BelvedereContemporary Art Award 2013. This 20,000-euro award, one of the highest privately endowed art prizes in Austria, was conferred for the fourth time by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the Belvedere.
Anna Witt impressed the jury of international experts with the presentation of three video works that combine sociopolitical relevance and controversy with broad accessibility. Anna Witt’s interventions in public space and the resulting video installations deal with the individual’s scope of action within societal systems and focus on issues related to the politics of identity, collectivity, and citizens’ rights. They are often based on direct interaction with passersby in public spaces. This interaction creates situations that, through the repetitive imitation of specific coded actions, spotlight the relationship between the individual and the collective, effects of the conventions of society and the media, and the rhetoric of societal participation. They go beyond reflection on political circumstances to illuminate the possibilities of reinterpretation through verbal and non-verbal articulations and thus, ultimately, the capacity for action of the person involved in the interaction.
BC21 Boston Consulting & Belvedere Contemporary Art Award
The BC21 BostonConsulting & BelvedereContemporary Art Award was launched in 2007 by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and the Belvedere. It is awarded to artists who live in Austria, are under the age of 40, and whose work is interdisciplinary. A global leader in management consulting on business strategy, BCG works with firms from a variety of industries and regions and has offices in more than 75 locations in 43 countries. The BC21 Art Award was established on BCG’s tenth anniversary with a clear understanding of art’s potential to overcome traditional ways of thinking and acting ultimately opening the way for new dialogues. To date the prize has been awarded to Constantin Luser (2007), Nadim Vardag (2009), and Lucie Stahl (2011). It has been regarded as a prime example of private sector commitment to the arts for many years now. The goal is to assist up-and-coming artists to gain international attention and develop networks through the support of a nomination and selection jury, an exhibition and a publication. Anna Witt’s works as well as those of the other nominated artists, Marlene Haring, Ralo Mayer and Christoph Meier, will be on view until the beginning of November at the 21er Haus – Museum of Contemporary Art.