The laureates were selected by an independent jury, who chose from a list of 45 internationally acclaimed artists, nominated by representatives of major European cultural institutions.
The award ceremony and a discussion with Eszter Salamon takes place on April 12, 2019, at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, during the opening evening of the conference A Soul for Europe. On April 13 and 14, Eszter Salamon is presenting MONUMENT 0.5: The Valeska Gert Monument at Hebbel am Ufer (HAU 1) in Berlin.
A special event dedicated to Éliane Radigue in a European cultural institution will be announced soon.
The Jury has acknowledged Eszter Salamon’s ambitious and uncompromising work that explores contemporary issues touching upon what has been forgotten, excluded and repressed in Western consciousness. The Jury has particularly valued the strong European resonance of her work and the way it articulates individual and collective experiences. Building on history to imagine a possible future, Salamon’s œuvre embodies an immaterial inheritance of gestures, movements and dances to reaffirm art’s insight into the contemporary world.
Born in Budapest, Eszter Salamon lives and works between Berlin, Paris, and Brussels. Her work has been presented at Centre Pompidou, Avignon Festival, Ruhrtriennale, Holland Festival, The Kitchen New York, HAU Hebbel am Ufer Berlin, Berlin Documentary Forum, Kunstenfestivaldesarts Brussels, and Manchester International Festival, as well as in museums including MoMA, Witte de With, Serralves Foundation, Jeu de Paume, Akademie der Künste Berlin, and mumok Vienna.
The Special Mention of the Jury
The Jury recognised and awarded with a special mention the unique path of French composer Éliane Radigue. A true “artists’ artist”, Radigue’s work has been deeply shaped by a constant interest and curiosity towards the world. Exploring minimal rhythms and changes in different harmonies that unfold into intricate sonic webs, she has been a major influence for generations of composers, musicians and artists alike. Her compositions continue to touch audiences and appeal for unique forms of empathy, understanding, and introspection.
One of the most innovative and important contemporary composers, and pioneer of electronic music, Éliane Radigue began a renewal of her creative process in 2002. Enriching her compositions with new timbres and resonances, she has been collaborating with acoustic instrument performers, for whom she composes without any score, according to the principle of oral and aural transmission.