H13 Lower Austria Prize For Performance

Since 2007 the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich has chosen performance art as one of the focuses of its programme. With the annual award of the H13 Lower Austria Prize for Performance, the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich makes an essential and important contribution to the support and further development of the contemporary performance scene. This prize is currently the only award for performance art in Austria!

H13 2019

"Woman to Woman II" by the artist Helena Eribenne is the winning project of the thirteenth H13 Lower Austria Prize for Performance!

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:

"What can a commitment to serious diversity in cultural institutions look like? What roles are artists assigned on the basis of their (racialized) identity, 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 carried musically and refers to Shirley Brown's Song "Woman to Woman" (1974). Helena Eribenne's award-winning performance promises [...] a throwback to the 1970s, while still underlining the current impact of intersectional mechanisms of exclusion in the art world.." 


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

In 2019, the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich awarded the H13 Niederoesterreich Prize for Performance for the thirteenth time. The aim is to focus on performative works by young artists.  The H13 is endowed with €4,000 for the winner and the realization of the performance is additionally supported with €2,000 (ex. VAT).

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