Four outstanding contemporary artists/collectives from across the globe are set to compete for the 2018 prize, they are: All The Queens Men (Australia), Nic Green (United Kingdom), Jeanne van Heeswijk (Netherlands) and Sonya Lindfors (Finland). The urgent contributions these celebrated artists make to cultural life share a fascination with the questions of our time, essaying ideas of inclusion, equality, community, diversity, feminism, power and blackness. Read more about the shortlisted artists below!
All The Queens Men (AU)
Established by Australian artists Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid, All The Queens Men (ATQM) champion social equality celebrating diverse communities through creative actions, contemporary arts and socially engaged frameworks. Combining contemporary art forms and tropes, All The Queens Men engage people from different backgrounds in the making and performing of their inclusive works, celebrating these ‘everyday experts’ in exciting and technically proficient art contexts. With over 30 years of combined experience, All The Queens Men have presented their work globally across arts festivals and other cultural contexts. Some of their recent creative actions include The Coming Back Out Ball (2017-), Congress (2017) and Fun Run (2015-), and in 2018 they received Victorian Green Room Award for their 2017 Body of Work. READ MORE
Nic Green (UK)
Nic Green is an award-winning performance maker based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work is varied in style and method, with forms often ‘found’ through collaborative and relational practices with people, place and material. Her work has received several awards, commissions and recognitions including A Herald Angel, ‘Best Production’ at Dublin Fringe, The Adrian Howells Award for Intimate Performance, Total Theatre Award for Best Physical/Visual Theatre Edinburgh Fringe and is the recipient of the inaugural Forced Entertainment Award. Green is the 2018 Artist in Residence at National Theatre Scotland, and teaches Directing at the University of Glasgow. Green’s recent works include Cock and Bull (2015-2017), Seven Bridges (2015) and Trilogy (re-mount 2016). READ MORE
Jeanne van Heeswijk (NL)
Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local.” Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organising and pedagogy in order to assist communities to take control of their own futures. Her work has been featured in publications worldwide, as well as internationally renowned biennials including those in Liverpool, Shanghai, and Venice. Her celebrated works include Philadelphia Assembled (2016), Wastelanders (2012) and The Blue House (2005). van Heeswijk received the 2014-2015 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College and the Leonore Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change. READ MORE
Sonya Lindfors (FI)
Sonya Lindfors is a Helsinki based Finnish artist who works with choreography, facilitating, community organizing and education. She is the founder member and Artistic Director of UrbanApa, an inter-disciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices. Her recent series of stage works; NOIR? (2013), NOBLE SAVAGE (2016) and COSMIC LATTE (2018), centralizes questions around blackness and the black body. In 2013 UrbanApa received Finland’s State Award in dance art. In 2017, Lindfors received the Artist of the Year award from the Helsinki Municipality alongside Theatre Info Finland’s award for ”outstanding work on creating new discourse around blackness and otherness”. Across 2017-2018, Lindfors is the house choreographer of Zodiak – Center for New Dance in Helsinki. READ MORE
Jacques Rancière (FR)
Jacques Rancière is one of the most significant and influential philosophers of our time. He is professor of philosophy at The European Graduate School and professor emeritus at the Université de Paris, VIII. Rancière is celebrated for his writing on aesthetics, education, politics, equality, emancipation, art and knowledge, among other topics. Over the last fifteen years, his work has been translated into English, and yet, while some of his writings remain untranslated into this global language, he has nonetheless cast a long shadow over the fields of politics, aesthetics, and education,well beyond the borders of France. He’s also known for being the student of the structuralist Marxist philosopher Louis Althusser with whom he co-authored the famous publication, Reading Capital (1968). More recently Rancière has written on the topic of human rights and specifically the role of international human rights organisations in asserting the authority to determine which groups of people
justify human rights interventions and even war. READ MORE
Eisa Jocson (PH)
Eisa Jocson is a contemporary choreographer and dancer from the Philippines. Trained as a visual artist, with a background in ballet, she won her first pole-dancing competition in Manila in 2010. Her 3 solo works; Death of the Pole Dancer (2011), Macho Dancer (2013) and Host (2015) has toured extensively in major festivals worldwide, including Impulstanz, Vienna (2013), Noorderzon, Groningen (2013 & 2015), Tanz im August, Berlin (2013 & 2015), Zurich Theater Spektakel (2012, 2013, 2015 & 2017), Theatre der Welt (2014), Asia Triennial of Performing Arts, Melbourne (2017). The solos have been presented as a trilogy in LIVEWORKS festival in Sydney (2016) and Counterpulse festival & SF MOMA in San Francisco (2016). Macho Dancer won the Zürcher Kantonalbank Acknowledgement Prize 2013. She had her first solo exhibition, Philippine Macho Academy (2014) in Vargas Museum,
University of the Philippines. READ MORE
Lois Keidan (UK)
Lois Keidan is the co-founder and co-director of the Live Art Development Agency (LADA), London. LADA is a centre for Live Art: a research and knowledge centre, a production centre for programmes and publications, and an online centre for experimentation and dissemination. She was formerly the director of Live Art at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), London; Performance Art officer at the Arts Council of Great Britain; and has worked for the Midland Group Nottingham and Theatre Workshop Edinburgh. She has been awarded honorary fellowships by Dartington College of Art, and Queen Mary University, Londonand an honorary doctorate
by University of Gothenburg. READ MORE
Jury statement 2018
We wish to thank the generosity of the four remarkable shortlisted artists for sharing their work with us. It has been a pleasure and privilege to encounter the work of these artists operating across diverse practices, using very different strategies, but united in their shared commitment to affect and to change; they stand as agents of change – social, political, personal, collective, change. They remind us of the breadth and depth of Live Art as field of activity, their brilliance underling its urgent presence in social and cultural life. We also wish to thank ANTI Festival and the Saastamoinen Foundation for establishing and supporting an award that can celebrate four artists as varied, as exciting, as vital and as needed as this year’s shortlist.
Our task as a jury was incredibly difficult, to find a winning artist amongst this group, one also united by a shared sense of generosity, generosity shown to their audiences, their collaborators, their participants and to the constituencies and communities their work contributes to. All The Queens Men bring people together in ways that are truly impactful and joyous, giving space and time to people, to communities and to histories on a scale, and with ambition, that is nothing short of epic. Their work transcends the initial impulse and presence of the artist and becomes a singular moment in time.
The socially embedded and responsive work of Jeanne van Heeswijk creates dialogue and exchange, opening out city space and urban life by asking a series of fundamental questions on how to live with each other and how the frameworks of policy, governance, capital and community variously inhibit and engender ideas of home. van Heeswijk’s process-based projects brilliantly challenge our thinking around what art is, what it can do and how we identify it.
The jury was deeply impressed by Nic Green’s work and would like to extend special mention of that here. Her capacity for invention, her ability to blur the borders between performance forms, the incredibly vivid presence of the body in her work, often her own body, her extensive skills as a performer and as a maker of performance are clearly displayed across an impressive range of productions for the stage and other contexts. Green’s sense of composition, her choreographic understanding of structure, allied to a set of concerns that are urgently, eloquently and forcibly expressed make for a growing body of performance work that impresses,
shocks and inspires.
Sonya Lindfors’ live works, her interventions in social space, literary space and her contribution to public dialogue and exchange have created an urgent set of questions around who speaks and to whom. Lindfors’ choreographic practice produces interrogative space, dialogic space, an embodied black space, that deeply and purposely problematizes expectations. The impulse of her performance work and the bodies found there, hidden, revealed and playfully evoked challenge our sense of ‘the canon’; what other histories and trajectories run through this space and which do not, which haven’t featured – what voices, what bodies, remain missing? Lindfors’ work questions assumption, it questions us in our act of witnessing. In their stillness, their silence her performances watch us - as they move, speak, stand, observe, we engage in something of the same process; we begin to re-apprehend cultural space – who is it for, who works there, who is allowed to work and who attends to its potentials.
Her practice is of vital importance to its immediate contexts and Lindfors works to allow others to work, to create spaces of exchange and dialogue where previously they were missing. Her contribution to arts and culture is quickly becoming essential, foundational to the sets of social discourses around equality, diversity, gender, and sexuality that are reshaping our world. Lindfors works with the body, she works with movement and choreography to articulate and to question the place, the provenance and potentials of the body, her body, to cause change. For this, and for the equally extraordinary work we know will follow, we are thrilled to award the 2018 ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art to Sonya Lindfors.