Els Dietvorst wins the BelgianArtPrize 2021!

 

The BelgianArtPrize is a biennial Award for Contemporary Art open to Belgian and international artists residing in Belgium and to all art disciplines.  For the 2021 edition, a panel made up of art professionals, curators, art critics and historians and collectors were invited to nominate the artists.  After careful consideration, they independently and unanimously appointed Els Dietvorst as the laureate.

 

The Jury is particularly impressed by the radical way in which Els Dietvorst has developed and built her practice since the 1990s. The coherence between the oeuvre and the person is also impressive. Dietvorst’s work often situates itself defiantly outside of the traditional commercial and institutional art circuits, and proves that an independent oeuvre is not only possible, but that it can also be extremely valuable.

 

The Jury is also impressed by the "transversality" of her approach both in the mediums used (drawing, sculpture, video, performance, installation, edition) and in the fields in which she acts and takes part (theater, public space, exhibition spaces, texts, ...), demonstrating a real freedom of mind, thought, action and creation.

 

The Jury: "Els Dietvorst is a socially engaged artist who tackles social issues by seeking to reveal the connections that are woven between people, situations and environments. Her work is rooted in observation, listening and caring, and succeeds in revealing what too often remains invisible, preferring wonder to denunciation. The coherence between her existence and her oeuvre outlines the possibilities of other ways of seeing and living.”

 

Els Dietvorst will create an artistic project with new work that will be presented at the Centre for Fine Arts - BOZAR in Brussels in autumn 2021 (13.10.’21 – 02.01.’22).

 

All info on :  https://belgianartprize.be/

 

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