12th December 2015
Anna Zvyagintseva and Alina Kleitman have been awarded Special Prizes. Anna Zvyagintseva also received Public Choice Prize.
Awarding the Open Group, the Main Prize Winner, the jurors said:
"We want to express our appreciation for the way in which collectives take position within the Ukrainian art scene and therewith point out that art is not an individualistic business but an engagement for society at large. We feel that the project of open group, exclusively for internal use, enacts this on many different levels. It connects Lviv with Kiev, it connects the people they encounter on the trip with an artistic project and it allows the visitors now to become a part of this mental journey. We are aware that what we see is not the work because the work is essentially a performative process, and that the different forms, video, photograph, book and the theatricality of it all are relative. Yet we value the precise and attentive way in which each element is translated and offered in its own form to us today. This one work makes it clear to us that there is a mature practice at hand here. As an international jury we are truly sad this is only for Internal use!"
Awarding the first Special Prize to Anna Zvyagintseva, the jurors stated:
"For the first special prize we award Anna Zvyagintseva. With her work Order of Things, the artist finds a language to translate a beautiful attention to the simple basics of life in to images that are compelling and that at the same time leave a sense of fragility, openness, loss and gain and the possibility of delicacy in how we relate to life. She proves that art in its aesthetic dimension can be political in the deepest sense of the word. Her artistic language is universal and subjective at the same time and so are the messages it conveys. The sensitivity of her drawing is juxtaposed by her choice of the material and she overcomes that divide by the way she handles the curving and imperfect welding of the metal."
Awarding the second Special Prize to Alina Kleitman, the Jury said:
"For the second special prize we discussed a series of artists whom we all consider absolutely valid. We award this prize, for the freshness, the braveness and the integrity of her aesthetics, the visual intelligence, to Alina Kleitman. Hers is a radical and therewith erratic approach to life. With her film Super A Shave your Heart, she uses an honest language, avoiding any of the theatricality that is so often present in works that deal with human limits. She deals both with stereotypes and with urgent issues such as the position of women in the society of today and with the image that society projects on women. At the same time she is courageously making a personal statement involving among others her grandmother in a manner that is both tender and harsh."