The winner of the Emdash Award 2012 is the Belgian/American artist Cécile B. Evans, who lives and works in Berlin. Evans’ work explores the way emotions are valued by contemporary society.
Evans’ winning proposal takes the form of an audio guide to Frieze London accompanied by a holographic ‘host.’ The audio guide will feature a panel of non-art experts that will describe works in the fair in a subjective manner. Evans intends for the work to be an interruption, offering perspectives that compete with the way art is typically described in a fair environment.
Selected from over 750 applications by artists from all over the world, the winning proposal will be realised at the tenth edition of Frieze London, sponsored for the ninth consecutive year by Deutsche Bank. The shortlist included entries from Australia, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and the USA.
The Emdash Award allows an emerging artist based outside the UK to realise a major project at Frieze London as part of the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects programme.
The Emdash Award is supported by the Emdash Foundation, a private foundation with a mission to support new ideas and emerging talent across disciplines, from the arts and cultural projects to science.
Evans studied at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY. Selected shows and projects from include: Straight Up, Spencer Brownstone Gallery, NY (2012) and Von Funf Bis Seiben, Galerie Gavriel, Bremen (2010). Group shows include: E-Vapor-8, 319 Scholes, NY (2012), Skeleton In the Closet, ReMap 3, Athens (2011), and Berlin Kreuzberg Biennale, Galerie Im Regierungsviertel, Berlin (2010). Forthcoming shows include: Gaze & Lust, Sexuality in Contemporary Art, Bergen Kunstmuseum (2012), Power of Consumption, Club Midnight, Berlin (2012), and Trilogy, Peckham Artist Moving Image (w/ Son Gallery), London (2012).
The selection committee for the Emdash Award 2012 was: Andrea Dibelius (Emdash Foundation), Ryan Gander (Artist), Rowan Geddis (Residencies Co-ordinator, Gasworks), Udo Kittelmann (Director of the National Gallery, Berlin), Sarah McCrory (Curator, Frieze Foundation), Dr. Matthias Mühling (Curator of the Lenbachhaus Kunstbau, Munich), and Amelie von Wedel (Emdash Foundation).
Frieze London takes place from 11–14 October 2012 in Regent’s Park, London. Frieze London is one of the world’s leading contemporary art fairs featuring 170 of the most forward-thinking galleries from Los Angeles to Berlin, London to Beijing.
11–14 October 2012
Regent’s Park, London