Helena Eribenne - Winner of the H13 Award 2019


Helena Eribenne (formerly known as Chilo Eribenne) wins the 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:

"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). At the presentation on September 4, 2019 in the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich Helena Eribenne’s performance 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 performance and festive H13 award ceremony will take place on September 4, 2019 at the Kunstraum Niederoesterreich.

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


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Photo: Helena Eribenne (c) Sandro. E.E Zanzinger

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