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Cena "Paradise Lost" pro mladé kurátory a kritiky v oblasti současného umění

Open Society Insitute Budapest vyhlašuje v rámci projektu "The Roma Cultural Participation Project" cenu 1500 Euro za nejlepší analyticko - kritickou esej ( v rozsahu maximálně 3000 slov) zpracovanu na téma "Paradise Lost - The First Roma Pavilion" pro mladého kurátora či kritika současného umění. Autoři by měli postihnout širší teoretické souvislosti stojící za ideou mezinárodní presentace spojené s výraznou kulturní identitou. Vyhlašující instituce očekává nikoli pouhou uměleckou kritiku, nýbrž kritickou sondu zabývající se také souvisejícími tématy "nadnárodní komunity", "historií globalizovaného národa" či "identitou v moderním národním státě". Předkládající kurátoři a kritici by neměli být starší 35 ti let. Uzávěrka souteže je 30. listopadu, 2007.


The Roma Pavilion International Award for Young Curators and Art Critics

Theme: Paradise Lost - The First Roma Pavilion
Organized by:
The Roma Cultural Participation Project of the Arts and Culture Network Program, Open Society Institute, Budapest.
The Award:
The Roma Pavilion International Award for Young Curators and Art Critics will award a prize of € 1,500 for the best - most thorough, analytical and constructively critical - review written about Paradise Lost–The First Roma Pavilion by a young curator and/or art critic of contemporary art. The authors should consider the wider theoretical context behind the idea of this transnational representation of a strong cultural identity. What is expected is not only a review about the Pavilion, but a critical survey on the connected topics of 'transnational community', 'historical globalized nation', and the issues around the representation of the minority 'community' and 'plural identity' in the modern nation-state.

The submitted review could be an already published critical essay about the Roma Pavilion or one written specifically for this purpose. Should the prize be won by a group of authors the prize will be divided among them equally.

Eligibility requirements:
Each candidate may submit only one essay only for the competition. The call is open to curators of all nationalities born on or after January 1, 1972 - the age limit is 35 years. Should the submitted review be the work of more than one author, all the authors must meet the age requirement. Submissions will be accepted upon the timely receipt of the application documents. For collective entries each candidate must complete the application package. Entries must arrive by 12 PM (noon) on Friday, November 30, 2007 at the following e-mail address:
The application package should include the following documents:

o Biography of the applicant - no more than 500 words;
o Completed application form;
o Analytical/critical essay - maximum 3,000 words.
Should any of these be missing or not meet the specified requirements, the entry will be excluded from the competition.

Applications and reviews should be submitted in English. Applicants are encouraged to also submit the text in the form and in the language it was originally written or published in, in order for the jury to verify the terms and expressions used by the author in the original wording.

Participation cost:
Participation is free of charge.

The winners will be selected by a professional Jury of 5 members. The author best author will be awarded a prize and his/her review will be published on the website of the Roma Pavilion starting December 15, 2007.

The Jury
The international Jury is composed of five members. Each jury member will cast one vote in accordance with the criteria of the Award.
Members of the Jury:

Barnabas Bencsik
Barnabás Bencsik, born 1964, curator, lives and works in Budapest. He earned his degree in literature and history, and later in the history of art from ELTE University, Budapest. He became involved in the changing period of the Hungarian post-communist art scene, from 1990 to 1999 he run the Studio Gallery, Budapest the exhibition venue of the Studio of Young Artists Association. Parallel, he was visual arts program-coordinator at Soros Center for Contemporary Arts–Budapest between 1993–1995, when the CEE network of the offices were established, He worked as curator at the Trafo Gallery, Budapest (1999-2001) and as chief curator at the Műcsarnok|Kunsthalle, where he contributed to the realization of the show at the Hungarian Pavilion of the49th Venice Biennale. In 2001 he was the artistic director of MEO–Contemporary Art Collection, Budapest, and from 2002 he worked as an independent curator. He initiated and from 2006 he is the director of the ACAX /Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange (, which is an office to support and develop various type of cooperation between the local and the international art scene. He is author of several publication on contemporary art and art criticism in Hungarian and international magazines, as well as exhibition catalogues.

Silvina Der-Meguerditchian
Silvina Der-Meguerditchian is the granddaughter of Armenian immigrants to Argentina and was born in Buenos Aires in 1967. She grew up in Argentina and since 1988 lives in Berlin. She is visual artists and runs since 2005 a virtual dialogue platform for Armenian contemporary artists. This platform presents a forum for frank dialogue on questions relating to identity, the potential for an Armenian identity beyond defined borders and notions passed on for generations, such as nationality, tradition and language. A recurrent theme of her artistic work is the remembrance of the ethnic dislocation of the Armenian people and the genocide they suffered. Silvina Der-Meguerditchian ties a net. She connects the disparate, builds bridges between separate worlds and seeks a dialogue with the unknown. Her main focus is always on the actual process of joining and dissolving, constructing and deconstructing identity. Silvina Der-Meguerditchian’s work represents a type of mnemonics, namely the individual and collective art of commemoration. She is the curator of "Under Construction" - Talking about identities in the Armenian Transnation, the first Armenian Diaspora representation at the current Venice Biennial.

Annie Fletcher
Annie Fletcher is an independent critic and curator who lives and works in Amsterdam. She is interested in investigating the potential of curatorial practice (what it means to show and mediate art) and believes in the potential of dialogues and knowledge production and examining how any space marked for art (a museum, art school, a kunsthalle or residency program) sets up such a dynamic. Her current and recent projects include co-curating with Charles Esche the project "Be(com)ing Dutch in the Age of Global Democracy" at Van Abbemusuem (2006-2008), co-curating with Frederique Bergholtz "If I Can't Dance - I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution" at various locations from 2005 to 2008 (www.ificantdance,org), “Cork Caucus” with Charles Esche, Tara Byrne & Sean Kelly (NSF) and Art/Not Art in Cork, Ireland 2005 ( Be[com]ing Dutch is a two-year project, developed both inside and outside the Van Abbemuseum, which consists of debates, reading groups, artists' projects, exhibitions, residencies, and forms of collective participation and production. Be[com]ing Dutch asks whether art might offer alternative examples of thinking about how we might live together today. It seeks to put our ideas of cultural identity under pressure and examine the processes of inclusion and exclusion in the world today. Be[com]ing Dutch is developed by Charles Esche and Annie Fletcher and others in- and outside the Van Abbemuseum. Institutional partnerships: BAK [Utrecht], New Museum of Contemporary Art [New York], Goldsmiths College [London], Kosmose [Eindhoven] and Stichting Interart [Arnhem]. The project Be[com]ing Dutch by the Van Abbemuseum has been awarded the Development Award for Cultural Diversity 2006 by the Mondriaan Foundation.

Beral Madra

Beral Madra, a critic and curator directing BM Contemporary Art Center (since 1984)
Coordinated the 1st (1987) and the 2nd (1989) Istanbul Biennale, curated exhibitions of Turkish artists at the 43rd, 45th, 49th, 50th and 51st Venice Biennale. Since 1984 she has organized solo and group exhibitions of local and international artists in her art center and in other official art spaces in Istanbul. Beral Madra is representing Istanbul scholarship of Berlin Senate since 1995. She is founding member and art advisor of Diyarbakır Art Centre (established September 2002, founding member and president of AICA, Turkey (established 2003). Recent Exhibitions: March 2007 ‘”Neighbours in Dialogue” A group show for the collection of Ars Aevi Contemporary art Museum, Sarajevo with artists from South Caucasus, Middle East and the Balkans, Feshane, Istanbul / September November 2007 “Unfinished” Opening exhibition of BM Suma, the new space of BM Contemporary Art Center,   Recent Books: Neighbours in Dialogue Editors: Beral Madra/Ayşe Orhun Gültekin, Norgunk Publishers, Istanbul, 2005 / Maidan, Eassays on Contemporary Art in South Caucasus and Middle East, BM Contemporary Art Publications, 2007.

Marina Grzinic
Marina Grzinic, philosopher, artist and theoretician. Lives in Ljubljana. Works in Ljubljana and Vienna. Dr. Marina Grzinic is Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (Institute of Fine Arts, Post Conceptual Art Practices). Grzinic is a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy at the ZRC SAZU (Scientific and Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Science and Art), Ljubljana, Slovenia.
She also works as a freelance media theorist, art critic and curator. Marina Grzinic has been involved with video art since 1982. In collaboration with Aina Smid they produced numerous videos, a short film and video installations.

(29.10.2007) ZDROJ: OSI Budapest
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