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Prize Winners

2020: Angela Anderson
2019: Nicole Suzuki
2018: Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński
2017: Laura Nitsch and Barbara Juch


Nicole Suzuki (Cathrin Pichler Prize Winner 2019)

nullExhibition view „Cathrin Pichler Prize 2019 - Nicole Suzuki“, © Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2020, Photo: Joanna Pianka

Nicole Suzuki’s practice focuses on the question of how books can be created without reproducing structures of hegemony. The exhibition on occasion of the Cathrin Pichler Award, which Nicole Suzuki received in 2019, combines strategies that are contesting knowledge hierarchies beyond the textual content. These strategies deploy the whole realm of the creation of meaning, including processes of producing, binding and imprinting paper, conceptual writing and the distribution of knowledge. Through that, underlying hierarchical structures of the genesis, formation and organization of knowledge, which can lead to epistemic violence, are  addressed in a mainly sense-based approach.

The jury was composed of: Carola Dertnig, Andreas Spiegl, Harald Krejci and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein. 

Nicole Suzuki (*1977) works in different media on questions of knowledge production with a focus on the possibilities, violent histories and limitations of the book as a medium. She runs the publishing house Zaglossus and is an interdisciplinary artist, political scientist and a teacher.

About the exhibition: Nicole Suzuki at Cathrin Pichler Archive, 2019.
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Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński (Cathrin Pichler Prize Winner 2018)

Belinda 2Exhibition view “The Letter (2018)”, Cathrin Pichler Prize 2018 – Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński,  © Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2018, Photo: Joanna Pianka

The work of Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński revolves around memory, trauma and black radical imagination, bringing together black feminist theories with a visual practice. The work The Letter (2018), presented in the course of the Prize Ceremony, moves between video, performance, sound and text. It takes its starting point in the reverberating memories of a group of West Africans in 19th century Vienna. It opens up an analysis of the principle of the "archive" in general and the traces it contains.

The jury was composed of: Carola Dertnig, Susanne Neuburger, Andreas Spiegl and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein. 

Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, born 1980, is a Vienna-based artist, art researcher and author. As part of her PhD-in-Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, she is researching on the performativity of being black in relation to Austrian colonialism. Based on scenes from Austrian history, she is interested in memory that transcends space and time and in the radical imagination of black people. In 2009 she published the book Das Unbehagen im Museum. Postkoloniale Museologien (Turia + Kant) together with Charlotte Martinz-Turek and Nora Sternfeld. In 2016 she published Engaged Pedagogy. Antidiskriminatorisches Lehren und Lernen bei bell hooks (Zaglossus). In 2017/18 followed the German and English edition of Kuratieren als antirassistische Praxis (De Gruyter Angewandte Edition), which she edited together with Natalie Bayer and Nora Sternfeld. Kazeem-Kamińskis works were shown nationally and internationally. In 2016 she was awarded the Theodor Körner Prize for Art. In 2017 she received a scholarship from the Austrian Academy of Sciences.

About the exhibition  Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński at Cathrin-Pichler-Archive, 2018
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Laura Nitsch and Barbara Juch (Cathrin Pichler Prize Winner 2017)

With the support of the Freunde des Cathrin Pichler Archives, the Cathrin Pichler Prize was awarded for the first time in 2017. 

JuchFilmscreening, © Laura Nitsch & Barbara Juch 2017

Elemente einer Landschaft by Laura Nitsch and Barbara Juch is an experimental film about the Austrian vacation resort Semmering.The film questions the historically grown representations that have existed up to the present day, which define Semmering as a "historically significant" landscape. The focus lies on linguistic and visual elements of the landscape, which thematically move around constructions of "nature" and question which site-specific entanglements with the discourses on race/class/gender were and still are effective in the context of this construction of nature.

The jury was composed of: Gertraud Auer Borea, Anette Baldauf, Sabine Breitwieser, Dorit Margreiter and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein.

Laura Nitsch (*1986 in Hildesheim) and Barbara Juch (*1988 in Klagenfurt) live and work as artists in Vienna, where they also study in the Master's program Critical Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. They are interested in questions of classism, education and privilege, conditions of knowledge production and its representation. They work in the fields of film, literature and performance. Elemente einer Landschaft is their first collaborative project.

About the exhibition Laura Nitsch und Barbara Juch at Cathrin-Pichler-Archive, 2017