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Sanja Ivekovic nominee for the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award

place: Berlin, Germany
organiser: The Ernst Schering Foundation
Sanja Ivekovic has been nominated for the Ernst Schering Foundation Art Award 2009. The Ernst Schering Foundation, founded in Berlin in 2002, has this year concluded a long term cooperation agreement with the KW Institute for Contemporary Art, in order to jointly tender the Schering Foundation Art Award.

The Award is endowed with € 10.000 and connected to a solo exhibition at KW supposedly in autumn 2009. Additionally the prize winner will receive a monographic catalogue. A jury of five, consisting of Dr. Ulrike Groos (artistic director of the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf), Udo Kittelmann (director of the National Gallery Berlin), Dr. Theodora Vischer (director of the Schaulager, Basel), Prof. Dr. Horst Bredekamp (member of the foundation council of the Schering Stiftung) and Susanne Pfeffer (curator KW, Berlin), will choose from the candidates nominated the award winner of 2009.

Sanja Iveković was born in 1949 in Zagreb, Croatia where she graduated The Academy for Fine Arts.Her art production has spanned a range of media such as photography, performance, video, installations and actions in the public domain since the 1970s. She belong to the artistic generation which emerged after ‘68 and was raised in Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia whose post-object art was usually covered by the umbrella term New Art Practice. Iveković’s work is marked by the critical discourse with the politics of images and body. The analysis of identity constructions in media as well as political engagement, solidarity and activism belong to her artistic strategies.

In the Yugoslav/Croatian art scene she was the first woman artist to express a clearly feminist attitude. In 1973 she started to work with video. In the late eighties she was a founder and a member of a number of women’s non-guvernment organizations in Croatia such as Elektra- Women’s Art Centre, The Centre for Women’s Studies, B.a.B.e – the women’s human rights group . Her work from the 1990s deals with the collapse of socialist regimes and the consequences of the triumph of capitalism and the market economy over living conditions, partucularly of women.From 1999 – 2001 she was teaching «Contemporary Women’s Art Practice» at The Center for Women’s Studies.

Her videos were selected for numerous international video festivals (Hague, San Sebastian, Los Angeles, Berlin, Paris, Montreal andothers) and she had solo exhibitions and video presentations in the art institutions such as 49th October Salon, Artist-Citizen, Belgrade;CuttingRealities, Gender strategies in Art, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York; The Living Currency (La Monnaie Vivante),Tate Modern,London (2008); Dokumenta 12, Kassel; 3rd Prague Biennial, Prag; Memorial to the Iraq war, ICA, London; 10th International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul; Gender Battle, Santiago de Compostela; Stalking with Stories – The Pioneers of the Immemorable, Apexart, New York; If I can’t dance, MuHKA, Antverp; Forms of Resistance - Artists and the Desire for Social Change, Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven; WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution, MOCA, Los Angeles; General Alert, Fundacio Antoni Tapies, Gothenburg Konsthall (2007);General Alert, Kölnischer Kunstverein (2006); Public Cuts, Galerija P74, Ljubljana (2006);Open Systems: Rethinking Art c. 1970;Tate Modern, London (2005); Die Regierung, Secession (2005); Women’s House, Palazzo Ferreri, Genoa (2004); documenta 11, Kassel (2002); Personal Cuts NGBK (2002); Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck (2001); After the Wall, Moderna Muset, (1999/2001) and Manifesta 2,Luxembourg (1998).


(D.H., 24.02.2009)