Zhanna Kadyrova, Ukrainian artist, is the Main Prize Winner of the third edition of the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013
according to the decision of the international jury. She has been awarded UAH 100 000 (12 500 USD) and one month residency at a studio of an internationally renowned artist. Additionally, Kadyrova is automatically included in the short list of the Future Generation Art Prize 2014 - a worldwide contemporary art prize.
The winner of the Main Prize has been selected and announced by 7 international jury members consisting of Ellen Blumenstein, chief curator at KunstWerke Institute for Contemporary Art (Germany); Iliya Chichkan, artist (Ukraine); Dimitri Ozerkov, Director of the Contemporary Art Department, The State Hermitage Museum (Russia); Thierry Raspail, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art and Artistic Director of the Biennale de Lyon (France); Leanne Sacramone, curator, Fondation Cartier pour lArt contemporarian (France); Eckhard Schneider, General Director of the PinchukArtCentre (Ukraine); Catherine Wood, Curator of Contemporary Art and Performance, Tate Modern (UK), who gathered in Kyiv, Ukraine especially for this occasion.
For the exhibition of the 20 shortlisted artists for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 Kadyrova takes a new step in her artistic practice, resuming the lost tradition of mosaics, which can be found in public spaces all over the former Soviet Union. Her work Monumental Propaganda reflects critically on the changed use of images inside the public space and the decaying heritage of former soviet traditions.
Awarding Zhanna Kadyrova (32), the Main Prize Winner, the jurors said: We were impressed by the sophisticated way in which her work displaces styles and languages of representation from one context to another. We appreciate the way in which she uses a variety of different materials and styles to disturb our habits of seeing objects and images in the urban environment. The work questions the role of the viewer and notions of good taste. Her use of scale, colour and materials is well considered and formally strong.
Awarding the first Special Prize to Open Group, the jurors stated: We thought this work was incredibly strong because of the way in which their strategies of constant creativity encompass various points of view and redefine the space for art. The boundaries of the group represent a flexible territory that can be expanded to engage with broader society. Their work is both intimate and expansive.
Awarding the second Special Prize to Lada Nakonechna, the Jury said: We were intrigued by her application of the practice of drawing as a starting point for a triangular conversation with architecture and photography. The play with scale and illusion through modest means was convincing.
Due to the high standard of works, the Jury jointly decided to add the third Special Prize. They stated: We would like to express as members of the Jury how impressed we were by the quality each work as well as by the multiplicity of positions and approaches of the artists presented. All of the works were intensely debated and whilst coming to an almost unanimous agreement regarding the prizes, the Jury also recognized the strength and the extraordinary potential of the nominated artists.
The third Special Prize was awarded to Daniil Galkin (28) for his work Tourniquet. This Prize is not bound to a financial award but provides the artist with one month international studio residency programme. According to the Jury statement We were impressed by the works combination of formal simplicity of structure and complexity of physical and emotional experience. The work was strong in its occupation of the space and deals in an interesting manner with the politics of social choreography.
Summing up the Jurors said: We have greatly enjoyed learning about the work of these artists and look forward to paying attention to how the work develops in the coming years. We hope the calibre of the work in this prize will also encourage artists of the upcoming generation.
The Public Choice Prize of UAH 10 000 (1250 USD) went to Anatoly Belov (36) for his musical film Sex, Medicamentary, Rock'n'roll. This winner of this nomination has been chosen based on the results of voting by the PinchukArtCentre visitors held during from October 31 to December 1, 2013.
The 20 nominees for the PinchukArtCentre Prize 2013 were shortlisted by an independent Selection Committee from about 1000 applicants and include Yevgenia Belorusets, Anatoly Belov, Daniil Galkin, Oleg Gryshchenko, Andriy Hir, Dobrinya Ivanov, Zhanna Kadyrova, Olesia Khomenko, Alina Kopitsya, Mariia Kulykivska, Oleksandr Kurmaz, Roman Minin, Lada Nakonechna, Mykola Ridnyi, Ivan Svitlychnyi, Volodymyr Vorotniov, Anna Zvyagintseva, and groups: Melnychuk-Burlaka Group,