H13 2019: Helena Eribenne

H13 2019: Helena Eribenne: Women to Woman II © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger

H13 2019: Helena Eribenne: Women to Woman II

H13 2019: Helena Eribenne: Women to Woman II © Sandro E. E. Zanzinger

© Sandro E. E. Zanzinger

Helena Eribenne: Woman to Woman II

Performance and award ceremony: WED, 04.09.2019, 7 p.m.
Exhibition: THU, 05.09. – SAT, 14.09.2019

The multimedia artist Helena Eribenne (formerly known as Chilo Eribenne) wins the H13 Lower Austria Prize for Performance 2019!

In the statement of the jury, which in 2019 consisted of Florentina Holzinger (artist), Astrid Peterle (curator Performance donaufestival), Katharina Brandl and Lena Lieselotte Schuster (both Kunstraum Niederoesterreich), the following was stated:

"How can a serious commitment to diversity in cultural institutions look like? What roles are assigned to artists on the basis of their race, and what expectations are placed on their artistic work? Helena Eribenne addresses these questions in the performance Woman to Woman II, in which she reflects and questions the conditions of visibility in the art field: In the award-winning project [...] she enters into a fictitious dialogue with her female, institutional counterpart, a white curator, which is accompanied musically with reference to Shirley Brown’s song ‘Woman to Woman’ (1974).[...] Helena Eribenne’s performance at the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich promises a productive throwback to the 1970s to question the relevant intersectional mechanisms of exclusion in the art world today." 

Born in London, Helena Eribenne has been an integral part of the Viennese art scene for many years. Her works are located at the interface between theatre, performance, film and photography and always stand in a socio-political context. For "Woman to Woman II" she transforms the exhibition space into a time machine to critically reflect on the contemporary representation and reception of female artists of color:

“Woman to Woman II is a throwback to 1974 with a 21st century attitude. From the visual impact of the performance, stage design and costume, what can we learn from a post-colonial perspective of black women? Is 'black art' a tradition that will not be broken with, much in keeping in line with the naked women in art spaces trope?" (Helena Eribenne)

The award-winning performance will be performed during the H13 awards ceremony on September 4 at 7 p.m at the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich.

 

Welcoming: Katharina Brandl, Artistic Director Kunstraum Niederoesterreich
Prize presentation: Landesrat Martin Eichtinger in representation of Landeshauptfrau Johanna Mikl-Leitner

 

Moderation: Alexandra Augustin
DJ Mia Legenstein

More of Helena Eribenne will be shown in the exhibition from September 5 - September 14.

 

Creative consultant/Künstlerische Beratung - Oliver Gross (aka Oliver Angel)
Music production - Markus Steinkellner
Choreography - Karine LaBel
Featured Painting - Pauline Marcelle - At The Storm I Smile - Oil on Canvas - 60x60cm
Make Up - Roberto di Caro
Vocal Coach - Eva Papic
Assistant director - Maria Schlacter

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