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July 29, 2008

Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2008

Photo of Igor Zabel by Dejan Habicht

‘What, How & for Whom’ from Zagreb the first to be awarded EUR 40.000

Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory
Jamnikarjeva 16, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
www.igorzabelassociation.org

ERSTE Foundation
Graben 21, 1010 Vienna, Austria

www.erstestiftung.org

The Croatian curatorial collective What, How & for Whom (WHW) is the first recipient of the Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory 2008. Initiated and funded by ERSTE Foundation, the prize recognizes outstanding cultural activities related to the Central and South Eastern European region. The award will be granted for the first time in 2008. Besides the award the German editor, writer and linguist Fouad Asfour, the Turkish writer Erden Kosova and the Serbian collective Prelom are awarded with a working grant for one year. The award ceremony, accompanied by the presentation of a new book addressing the work of Igor Zabel will be held in Ljubljana on Friday, 21 November 2008.

The Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory acknowledges the work of a cultural protagonist whose work is dedicated to internationally broaden the knowledge of visual culture in the Central and South Eastern European region. The laureate is selected by an international renowned expert committee. The jury was appointed by ERSTE Foundation and in 2008 consists of the following members: Eda Čufer, publicist, curator and dramaturge, (Slovenia/USA), Josef Dabernig, artist (Austria), Charles Esche, curator and director of the Van-Abbe-Museum (Netherlands). Candidates for the award were international curators, theorists, writers, critics who are coming from or living and/or working in the region, whose work spans Central and South Eastern Europe respectively. In addition to the award of EUR 40.000 three working grants of EUR 12.000 each are awarded, two by the jury, one by the laureate.

Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory – Winner 2008 (prize money EUR 40.000):

What, How & for Whom (WHW) (Ivet Ćurlin, Ana Dević, Nataša Ilić and Sabina Sabolović) is a Zagreb based curatorial collective founded in 1999. The group became quickly known internationally due to the success of their first projects: What, How and for Whom, on the occasion of the 153rd anniversary of the Communist Manifesto; Broadcasting, a project, dedicated to Nikola Tesla, and START dedicated to young artists from the region. WHW is currently curating the 11th Istanbul Biennial (2009). The award has been given to WHW because of their unique working practice as a curatorial collective that has been dedicated to exploring relevant contemporary artistic issues in relation to social issues concerning the world after 1989. The jury views their work as continuing the principles represented in the diverse yet precise practice of Igor Zabel.

Igor Zabel Award for Culture and Theory – Grants 2008 (EUR 12.000 each):

Fouad Asfour is a linguist living and working in Vienna (Austria) and Johannesburg (South Africa) as a freelance writer, editor, programme coordinator and linguistic advisor. Asfour’s specific experience has been gained through his engagements in art fields and arenas of cultural theories. The jury recognizes his specific dialectical method which goes closer to the subject of the artist in synergy with critical political disposition as honourable in the memory of Igor Zabel.

Erden Kosova is a writer, publishing and editing in two Istanbul-based contemporary art magazines ‘art-ist’ and ‘Resmi Gorus’ and a member of a post-anarchist collective which runs the magazine project ‘Siyahi’. Kosova is also a PhD candidate in the theory of visual culture department at Goldsmiths College in London. He was awarded as a promising writer, who we anticipate will contribute much to defining the region in a way that does justice to Igor Zabel’s own understanding of this geography.

Prelom Kolektiv is a collective from Belgrade. The journal Prelom was established in 2001 as a project of the Belgrade Center for Contemporary Art, and from the very outset becaome a space for critical query of the political constellations between art, film and social theory in contemporary post-Yugoslav context. In the summer of 2004, the editorial board founded an independent organisation – Prelom Kolektiv, constituting itself as a publisher and laying the foundations for expanding activities – exhibitions, conferences, discussions, activist actions – beyond producing the Prelom journal.

The Igor Zabel Association of Culture and Theory

Igor Zabel (1958 – 2005) was a Slovenian curator, writer and cultural theorist, all his life engaged and actively involved in many fields of theory and culture: as a philosopher, author, essayist, modern and contemporary art curator, literary and art critic, translator, and teacher of new generations of curators and critics of contemporary art. The Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory was founded in February 2008 by Mateja Kos Zabel, Bojan Zabel and ERSTE Foundation as a dedication to the curator’s and writer’s enormous contribution to As a curator and writer, he tirelessly called fora profound exploration of the political, social, and cultural undercurrents in this these areas that could potentially ensure a better understanding of the post-communist condition in the global context today. With dedication to his enormous contribution the Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory was founded in February 2008 by Mateja Kos Zabel, Bojan Zabel and ERSTE Foundation. T. The association’s objective is further to promote Igor Zabel’s heritage and highlight the importance and ongoing influence of his work, to enhance the knowledge exchange and networking in contemporary visual arts and culture and to strengthen the cultural dialogue in the Central and South Eastern European region and beyond.

www.igorzabelassociation.org

CONTACTS

Igor Zabel Association for Culture and Theory
Jamnikarjeva 16, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
dunja.kukovec at gmail.com
office at igorzabelassociation.org

www.igorzabelassociation.org

ERSTE Foundation, Communications: Maribel Königer, Jovana Trifunovic
Graben 21, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Tel. +43 50100 15105, press@erstestiftung.org, www.erstestiftung.org

ERSTE Foundation

ERSTE Foundation is active in the Central and South Eastern European region. Since commencing its work in 2003, it has been developing projects independently and in collaboration with partners within the three programmes Social Affairs, Culture and Europe. The Foundation wants to play an active role in linking actors and locations of contemporary culture and to discovering and understanding recent cultural history. Being the major shareholder of Erste Group, ERSTE Foundation is one of the largest foundations indigenous to the region. It draws its mandate from the tradition of the savings banks, which were founded more than 180 years ago to serve the common good.
www.erstestiftung.org

ERSTE Foundation

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