Nominees for the 2017 Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Artist Award

The Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Foundation is pround to announce the list of artists / artist groups who were chosen as a nominees for Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Artist Award. The Sussmann Foundation is a Vienna based foundation that gives grants and prizes to artist that make work that politically committed to democracy and anti-fascism.

The winner artist(s) will be chosen from a shortlist of nine Artist(s) recommended by a diverse group of advisers who were selected based on their commitment to the principles of the Anni and Heinrich Sussmann Foundation Continuing the legacy of the Foundation. The group of advisers choose you as one of the nine. On the 7th of November 2017, we will announce the winner at a press conference in Vienna.The Winner will receive 5000 Euro award for their current artistic work.


List of Nominees 2017:

1) Ulf Aminde “foundationclass”:

Ulf Aminde is an artist, filmmaker, and teaching activist. At the Weissensee Academy of Art in Berlin he initiated, in particular, the *foundationClass for Newcomers, intended for immigrants who would like to begin their studies of art in Germany. The *foundationClass is working collectively and while preparing the students for the highly selective application process the aim is also to question the canonization of western European Art Academies. In Cologne he is developing a film and participation-based monument to the memory of those affected by the racist hate crimes perpetrated by the terrorist NSU network in Probsteigasse and on Keupstrasse. In his filmmaking practice, he concerns himself with the potential of self-empowerment through filming, alienation effects in documentary film, and strategies of subjectivization. He navigates categories of normalization and questions societal concepts such as discrimination and the exclusion of minorities. His filmwork is mostly characterized by collaboration and experimental practices of working together.

Exhibitions and actions include Berlin Biennial 4, KW Berlin, Volksbühne am Rosa Luxemburg Platz, Berlinische Galerie, NGBK Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, MARTa Herford, Steirischer Herbst, Schirn Frankfurt, Kästner Gesellschaft Hannover, MoCA Taipei, Kunstverein Heidelberg, Kunstverein Wolfsburg and Gallery Tanja Wagner.


2) Marwa Arsanios:  

Marwa Arsanios

The Future Generation Art Prize 2012 Special Prize Winner

Marwa Arsanios was born in 1978 in the USA. She lives and works in Beirut, Lebanon. Arsanios obtained her MFA from the University of the Arts, London, in 2007 and currently is a researcher in the fine arts department at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht. She has been granted the artist’s residency at the Arab Image Foundation, Beirut, in 2009 and the research residency at the Tokyo Wonder Site in 2010. She participated in numerous group exhibitions including No Soul forSale, Tate Modern, London (2010), the 12th Istanbul Biennial (2011) and the Liverpool Biennial (2012).

Through a strategy of collecting and archiving, Marwa Arsianos examines historic traces relating to the modernization of the Arabic states in the 1960s. Her focus is on urban planning in Lebanon’s capital Beirut, where she reinterprets buildings, publications and events in a process of study and appropriation. Hovering on the boundary between reality and fiction, the resulting work is a series of archival installations, texts, films and performances that reflect on the contemporary politico-social issues in the Middle East from a historical perspective.

For the PinchukArtCentre Arsianos continues her ongoing research into Al Hilal, a left-wing journal widely read in the Arabic world in the 1960s, which featured radical political texts. In spite of its great popularity, its contents never lead to much action. Arsianos exhibits her own Al Hilal journal in a dynamic performance installation, which centres on a complex process of collecting, appropriating, reinterpreting and reading.


3) Barby Asante

Barby Asante

Barby Asante is an artist, curator and educator who’s work explores place and identity by creating situations and spaces for dialogue, collective thinking, ritual and reenactment. Using archival material in the broadest sense, she is interested in breaking down the language of archive, not to insert or present alternatives to dominant narratives but to interrupt, interrogate and explore the effects and possibilities of the unheard and the missing.

Asante’s recent projects include the first episode of As Always a Painful Declaration of Independence. For Ama. For Aba. For Charlotte and Adjoa- Intimacy and Distance, Diaspora Pavilion Venice Biennale 2017; The South London Black Music Archive 2012, Peckham Platform/Tate Modern, a collecting project mapping black music and memories in South London through an invitation to audiences and local people to create that archive together and Baldwin’s Nigger RELOADED 2015, Iniva, Nottingham Contemporary, Framer Framed/Art Rotterdam, with the London based collective sorryyoufeeluncomfortable, a re-enactment performance using Horace Ove’s 1968 film Baldwin’s Nigger as a start for a contemporary reading of Baldwin’s provocation exploring racial politics, war, religion, economics and more. Asante is also Associate Curator at 198 Contemporary Arts and Learning and PhD Doctoral Researcher at the University of Westminster exploring performance as a ritual memory practice to consider and explore agency and self determination for women of colour.


4) Gesellschaft der Freund_innen von Halit (Kassel)


5) Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya)

Natalia-Gluklya Pershina . Photo Credit: Hermitage Amsterdam

Gluklya (Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya) lives and works in St Petersburg, Russia and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Considered as one of the pioneers of Russian Performance she co-founded the artist collective The Factory of Found Clothes (FFC) which uses installation, performance, video, text and “social research” to develop the concept of “fragility” – relationships between internal and external and private and public. In 2012, the FFC was reformulated to the Utopian Unemployment Union, a project uniting art, social science, and progressive pedagogy that gives people from different social backgrounds the opportunity to make art together. Since 2003, Gluklya has also been a co-founder an active member of Chto Delat? group. Gluklya’s work has been exhibited in Russia and abroad in numerous groups shows as well as solo shows, including Wings of Migrants, Gallery Akinci, Amsterdam (2012); Utopian Unions, MMOMA, Moscow (2013), Reflecting Fashion, MUMOK Vienna , (2013 ), Dump Dreams, Scedhalle Zurich, ( 2013); Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public, Manifesta 10, Public Program, St. Petersburg (2014), Hero Mother, Berlin (2016), Universal Hospitality (2016), Vienna; Feminism is Politics, Pratt Institute, NY (2016) as well as Clothes for Demonstration Against False Election of Vladimir Putin, 56th Venice Biennale of Art, All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor (2015). In 2014, Gluklya was the recipient of a fellowship in visual art awarded by The Joseph Brodsky Memorial Fund.

6) Minna L. Hennrikkson

Minna L. Hennrikkson

Minna Henriksson (b. 1976, Oulu) is visual artist currently living in Helsinki. She often deals with hidden and underlying politics in seemingly neutral and natural processes. Her main artistic mediums are text, drawing and photography. She has an ongoing theoretical engagement on nationalism together with Sezgin Boynik since 2006.  Henriksson has produced permanent public artwork in Trabzon, Turkey, and has, among other places, exhibited in Helsinki, Belgrade, Pristina, Ljubljana, Zagreb and Istanbul. Recent exhibitions include works at the Lenin Museum in Tampere, Finland; and in the 2nd Tbilisi Triennial, Tbilisi.


7) Victoria Lomasko,

Victoria Lomasko

Victoria Lomasko graduated from Moscow State University of Printing Arts in 2003, with a degree in graphic art and book design. She now works as a graphic artist with a focus on graphic reportage. Drawing on Russian traditions of documentary graphic art (as practiced during the Siege of Leningrad, in the Gulag, and within the military), Lomasko explores contemporary Russian society, especially the inner workings of the country’s diverse subcultures, such as Russian Orthodox believers, LGBT activists, migrant workers, sex workers, and collective farm workers in the provinces. Her work has appeared in mainstream print publications in Russia and abroad, and exhibitions in Russia and throughout Europe. Her book Other Russias, a collection of graphic reportages on social themes, was published in the U.S. by n+1 and the U.K. by Penguin. Lomasko has collaborated extensively with various non-profit human rights organizations on creating materials for publication and taught workshops in places of incarceration. She is the co-curator of two long-term art and activism projects: Drawing the Court (with Zlata Ponirovska) and The Feminist Pencil (with Nadia Plungian).

Other Russias, by Victoria Lomasko



8) Mladen Miljanovic

AA09 Mladen Miljanovic

Born in Zenica (Yugoslavia) in 1981, completed the secondary school in Doboj. After the secondary school he attended the Reserve Officer Military School where he earned the rank of sergeant. As a sergeant he trained 30 privates. After completion of the military term he enrolled at the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka. Currently, lives and works in Banja Luka (BiH).


9) Erkan Özgen

Born 1971, Derik, Turkey

Erkan Özgen was born in Mardin in 1971. He graduated from Çukurova University Painting Department in 2000. He works on video based installations and has participated in group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. In 2003 he curated the “Eyes Contact” exhibition in the Diyarbakır Art Center. In 2005 Özgen went to Sweden and participated in the International Artists Studio Program at Rooseum Center in Malmö. In the same year, he was awarded “Prix Meuly” at Kunstmuseum Thun in Switzerland. In 2008 he participated in the Can Xalant exchange program at the Center for Creating and Contemporary Thought in Mataró, Barcelona. Özgen worked on the dubbing of films of some Kurdish cultural TV channels between 2007-2016. In 2016 Özgen participated in PM/HIAP Safe Haven Helsinki residence program at Suomenlinna. “Polarized! Vision is War/Peace” Prize is granted to Özgen for his film “Wonderland”. He has also participated in many workshops in Beirut, Damascus, Diyarbakır, Enschede, Khartoum and Taipei. Özgen has given his lectures on contemporary art in Turkey and abroad. The artist has been also the activist of some ecological initiatives from during his life. He is one of the founders of Loading Independent Art Space established in Diyarbakır at 2017. Lives and works in Diyarbakır


10) Anton Vidokle

Anton Vidokle

Anton Vidokle was born in Moscow and arrived to the U.S. with his parents in 1981, settling on Broome Street on the Lower East Side. His work has been exhibited in shows such as the Venice Biennale, Lyon Biennial, Dakar Biennale, Lodz Biennale, and at Tate Modern, London; Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana; Musée d’art Modern de la Ville de Paris; Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico City; UCLA Hammer, LA; ICA, Boston; Haus Der Kunst, Munich; P.S.1, New York; among others. With Julieta Aranda, he organized e-flux video rental, which traveled to numerous institutions including Portikus, Frankfurt; KunstWerk, Berlin; Extra City, Antwerp; Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; and others. As founding director of e-flux, he has produced projects such as Next Documenta Should Be Curated By An Artist, Do it, Utopia Station poster project, and organized An Image Bank for Everyday Revolutionary Life and Martha Rosler Library. Vidokle initiated research into education as site for artistic practice as co-curator for Manifesta 6, which was canceled. In response to the cancellation, Vidokle set up an independent project in Berlin called Unitednationsplaza—a twelve-month project involving more than a hundred artists, writers, philosophers, and diverse audiences. Located behind a supermarket in East Berlin, UNP’s program featured numerous seminars, lectures, screenings, book presentations and various projects.