November 6, 2020 - Igor Zabel Association - Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2020 goes to Zdenka Badovinac
November 6, 2020

Igor Zabel Association

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Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2020 goes to Zdenka Badovinac
Award ceremony with presentation of award and grant recipients
December 3–4, 2020
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Zdenka Badovinac, curator, art writer, and director of Ljubljana’s Moderna galerija is named this year’s Igor Zabel Award laureate. Igor Zabel Award Grants go to Slavcho Dimitrov, Katalin Erdődi, and Ivana Bago.

The Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory acknowledges the exceptional achievements of cultural actors in the field of visual art and culture in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe.

The Igor Zabel Award 2020 jury awards Zdenka Badovinac for her outstanding institutional leadership as the director of the Moderna galerija/Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova in Ljubljana as well as for her radical curatorial work and significant contributions as a writer and editor to international discourses on the geopolitics of contemporary art in Eastern Europe and global art history. The jury recognizes Zdenka Badovinac as one of the most important and rigorous locally rooted and globally connected professionals in the field of cultural production in recent decades.

Igor Zabel Award Grant 2020 recipients (jury's selection):
Slavcho Dimitrov (Skopje), activist, cultural theorist and curator  
Katalin Erdődi (Vienna/Budapest), curator, dramaturg and cultural worker

Igor Zabel Award Grant 2020 recipient (laurate's selection):
Ivana Bago (Zagreb), curator, art historian, and art writer

This year’s award and grant recipients will be presented at the ceremony on December 4 in Ljubljana, which will also be streamed online.
December 4, 8pm 
Dvorana Tabor,  Ljubljana + stream:

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2020 jury members:
Šejla Kamerič, artist, Sarajevo • Antony Gardner, art historian, Oxford • Franciska Zólyom, curator and director, GfZK – Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig

2020 nominators:
Pawel Althamer, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Vjera Borozan, Mira Gakjina, Herwig Höller, Eva Khachatryan, József Mélyi, Deimantas Narkevičius, Sven Spieker, Raluca Voinea

Named in honour of the distinguished Slovenian curator and art historian Igor Zabel (1958–2005), the award has been conferred biennially since 2008 in cooperation with ERSTE Foundation (Vienna) and the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory (Ljubljana). With total prize money of EUR 76,000, it represents one of the most generous and prestigious awards for cultural activities related to Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe.

Accompanying programme on the occasion of the 2020 award ceremony:

Borderline Syndrome and Energies of Defence, discussion

November 27, 6pm
Kino Šiška,  Ljubljana + stream:

20 years after Ljubljana hosted the European Biennial of Contemporary Art Manifesta 3—for which Igor Zabel acted as coordinator—we return with Šejla Kamerić, Renata Salecl, and Kathrin Rhomberg to its central theme—“borderline syndrome and energies of defence”—and look at it through the lens of today’s realities.

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The Entire World as Our World, international conference
3–4 December, 3–5pm
Moderna galerija, Ljubljana + stream:

This conference—prepared in collaboration with Moderna galerija, Ljubljana—reconsiders the universal during the era of global capitalism and pandemic, and aims to rethink our common future and the presence of art in the (entire) world that is (not yet) our world. Speakers: T. J. Demos, Suely Rolnik, ruangrupa, Apolonija Šušteršič, Alberto Toscano, and Alenka Zupančič.

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The award ceremony and accompanying conference are organized by: Igor Zabel Association, Moderna galerija, Ljubljana, and ERSTE Foundation.  

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