NCAD lecturer Susan MacWilliam wins the EIKON Award (45+)
November 17, 2017 EIKON - International Magazine for Photography and Media Art not only presented its 100th jubilee issue, but also awarded the winners of the EIKON Award (45+) at the KUNST HAUS WIEN
NCAD lecturer Susan MacWilliam wins the EIKON Award (45+), with a prize money of € 5,000. Overall Susan Mac William were able to prevail against 273 women from over 23 different nations.
On the occasion of the 100th issue of EIKON, the EIKON Award (45+) was launched under the patronage of VALIE EXPORT for European women photographers and media artists aged 45 and over. The addressees are oftentimes excluded from awards by age restrictions, in addition to still being marginalized on the art market on the basis of multiple aspects of their sexual identity. The aim of the award is not only to survey the current conditions in women’s art production, but also to draw attention to and sensitize a broad public for the (biographically caused) delays in artistic development and practice of both late entrants and returning artists.
The EIKON Award (45+) is endowed with a prize money of 5.000 Euro, which the jury, composed of Jürgen Klauke, Margot Pilz und Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir, ascribed unanimously to the already multiple awarded video, photography and installation artist Susan MacWilliam (IRL). The 2nd and 3rd place were gained by Katrín Elvarsdóttir (ISL) and Gabriele Rothemann (GER/AUT). In addition to the tribute, there will be an extensive feature in the 100th issue of EIKON – International Magazine for Photography and Media Art. Overall the artists were able to prevail against 273 women from over 23 different nations.
Susan MacWilliam (b. 1969) represented Northern Ireland at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009 with her solo show Remote Viewing. She is an award-winning artist who uses video, photography and installation to investigate obscure and overlooked histories and cases of perceptual and paranormal phenomena. She has worked with prominent parapsychologists and psychical research institutions, including poltergeist investigator William G. Roll, the Dermo Optical Perception Laboratory of Madame Yvonne Duplessis in Paris, and the Parapsychology Foundation, New York. Her first film, The Last Person (1998), was shortlisted for the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Glen Dimplex Artists Award in 1999. MacWilliam was artist in residence on the PS1 International Studio Program, New York in 1999/00, and has had residencies in Ireland, France, Slovenia, Trinidad, USA and Canada. She has exhibited extensively with solo exhibitions in Ireland, the UK, Europe and North America. Her survey exhibition Modern Experiments toured venues across Ireland during 2016–17 and is currently on view at Butler Gallery, Kilkenny until December 17, 2017. MacWilliam is a lecturer in Fine Art at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Her films are held in the British Library Sound Archive, London. She is represented by CONNERSMITH. This year she won the EIKON Award (45+).
EIKON Award (45+)
Application Period: June 1 to July 10, 2017
Prize money: 5.000 €
Patronage: VALIE EXPORT
Jury: Jürgen Klauke (DE), Margot Pilz (AT), Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir (FR/IS)
Idea and Concept: Marielis Seyler and Nela Eggenberger
Award Ceremony and Magazine Launch EIKON #100: November 17, 20117 at 6 pm at KUNST HAUS WIEN, Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna
Online Auction with unique pieces and selected prints by international artists: November 23, until November 30, 2017 at 6 pm. Further information on www.eikon.at
Exhibition with the three award winners: February 16 to April 14, 2018 at Künstlerhaus 1050, Stolberggasse 26, 1050 Vienna
About the EIKON Award (45+)
Under the patronage of the media art and performance pioneer VALIE EXPORT, the award was directed at women photographers and media artists aged 45 and older. The addressees are oftentimes excluded by age restrictions, in addition to still being marginalized on the art market on the basis of multiple aspects of their sexual identity. The aim of the award is to expose the conditions of contemporary women art production. In the 100th issue of EIKON, the winners are presented on a total of 36 pages.