LICHTER Art Award - International Platform for Videoart
The LICHTER Art Award reaches video artists and filmmakers from all over the world - from Singapore via Amsterdam to São Paulo. Since 2011 it has been regarded as an international platform for contemporary video art. The 11. LICHTER Art Award edition is somehow special. Not only because of the circumstances in times of the Corona pandemic, but especially because of the nominees and their outstanding works.
The jury consisting of FRIEZE Magazine editor Carina Bukuts, Jeremy Shaw an international renowned artist and the LICHTER Art Award curator Saul Judd, has selected five nominees for the award which is endowed with 1,000 Euros: Will Fredo introduces us to his SHTV - Sexual Healers TV video *installation. The kollektive Frankfurter Hauptschule with their video essay MOTOR; and three european premieres, including Julia Kater and Guilherme Peres which will present their film essay Anos de noit / Years of nights; Tara Knuutila delights us with her ironcal manifest, Little Women 2 and Dudu Quintanilha questions us with his performative video work video about.
We want to make the video installations, which sometimes are very complex, accessible to the public once again. That is why the works of the nominees will be available online
*one segment of the video installation SHTV - Sexual Healers. which is for adults (18+ years old) viewers only, is available via the artist’s website: https://www.willfredo.cc/tagge...
The works of the LICHTER Art Award 10th anniversary edition of 2020, which could not be shown yet, will be presented in an exhibition in 2022.
The Nominees of the 11th LICHTER Art Award
Will Fredo / Sexual Healers TV, 2020, 67 Min/ D / PT / Installation
Sexual Healers TV was founded by Will Fredo as a platform to explore and engage with the dynamics of the sex industry and its transactions and effects on the individuals involved in it. As a researcher, he questions the system that creates and enables this apparatus, which is both supported by and marginalized by society. In his own words, "SHTV is a "pro-heaux*" art platform that deals with biopolitics and sex work. Through his research on the sex industry in America and interviews and performances with two sex healers, the semi-fictional video installation addresses an intersection of issues including the subjectivities and rights of sex workers, technology as a tool to democratize pleasure, Black trans body politics, decolonization of the art industry.
Will Fredo is a non-binary artist, writer, and editor who explores power dynamics, cultural dislocation, and the intersections of pop culture. Born in Portugal of Guatemalan and Cape Verdean descent, Will now lives in Berlin, Germany. Since 2017 he has been the deputy editor of Contemporary And, an art platform focused on African perspectives.
*pro-heaux: Derived from the more colloquial pro-hoe. (Spelling changed to reflect difference and refinement). Black or brown women's rights activists - women and femme, cis or trans - who are pro-sex and/or sex workers and support sex workers' rights.
Frankfurter Hauptschule / MOTOR, D 2020, 23:09 Min
MOTOR a fake-news-video piece by the art collective Frankfurter Hauptschule from December 2020 claims the death of art – once again. The languages German, English, French and Italian alternate, always with complementary but increasingly unreliable subtitles. In the form of an essay film inspired by Chris Marker's handwriting, the two most important German playwrights of the twentieth century are first discussed: Bertolt Brecht's drama "The Measure" premiered in 1930, followed 46 years later by the premiere of Heiner Müller's replica "Mauser." At a similar temporal distance, the art collective Frankfurter Hauptschule now reacts to the two didactic plays: Measure - Mauser - Motor. Using the instruments developed by Brecht and Müller, the question is explored as to where we actually stand right now: Modernity, Postmodernity, Acceleration, Knowledge Society, Fake News, Contemporary Art, Jungle Camp, Climate Catastrophe, Corona, The End?
Frankfurter Hauptschule is a collective that has been stress-testing public and media space since 2013 to explore the pain thresholds and limits of art. With their interventions, the various artists, who met at the Städelschule in Frankfurt, put social resilience and legal responsibilities to the test. Current exhibitions and performances at the Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt; NGBK, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin; Schlingensief Spectacle, Theater Oberhausen/Museum and Cultural Center Iringa Boma, Tanzania, Altes Zollamt, Hamburg.
Julia Kater and Guilherme Peres / Anos de noite / Years of nights, BRA 2020, 3:48 Min.
Anos de noite / Years of nights by Julia Kater and Guilherme Peres is a film work shot in 35mm and produced as a video. The work is enigmatic and hermetic like its formal aspects but still relates to our Zeitgeist. This dream or nightmarish situation explores the effort to decimate some creatures which proved in the end to be unattainable. All that is done while reciting text from the theater piece Amédée, or How to Get Rid Of It by Eugène Ionesco which deals with the effort to eliminate a problem long neglected that is currently taking up all the available space.
Julia Kater holds a bachelor’s in Pedagogy PUC/SP and Graduate Studies in Psychomotricity at ISPEGAE, OIPR Paris/France. Kater's artistic practice "is guided in the elaboration of a work that can be about its visual improbability." Recent exhibitions and festivals: Mutatio, Garage Amelot, Paris, France; Oscar Niemeyer Museum, Curitiba, SIM Galeria, São Paulo; Anthology Film Archives, New York; Palazzo Rossini, Venice; Ragusa Foto Festival, Italy; 13 edition Experiments in Cinema Festival, Alburquerque, USA; Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba, Brazil; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin. Guilherme Peres is a video artist and editor. In the last five years he has developed short films that have been shown in art exhibitions and international film festivals. Previous collaborations with Julia Kater include "Pitch Black," "Inertia" and "That Which Watches Us." Both live in São Paulo, Brazil.
Tara Knuutila, Little Women 2, 2020, 13:59 Min. / CND
Little Women 2 by Tara Knuutila is a further exploration into her previous works Slip Away Camp VI: Winter Wasteland. Little Women 2 changes scenery, moving to high school, an institution that plays a huge role in shaping most of us. Inspired by news stories of seemingly "normal" teenage girls who committed murder. Focusing on the emotional to discuss some typical yought tragedies like sexual/romantic interest often involving jealousy, rejection, or humiliation. The sex-violence connection is then outlined in the ritual of sorority hazing. Because youth sexuality, especially female, is so repressed, the shape this will take is abstract, painful, and often darkly humorous.
Tara Knuutila is a mixed media video artist based in Montreal, Quebec, majored in art and art history at Concordia University. Her practice focuses on the hormonally charged link between sex and violence. "My approach is to view the whole world as a post-apocalyptic wasteland where nothing has objective value including mediums themselves, and I am a trash collector picking up the items that resonate with me the most. If I find something truly and deeply evocative, it is my job as an artist to examine it from every angle until I figure out the reason, which will be the thread that connects it to the larger human experience".
Dudu Quintanilha / video about, 2020, 43 Min. / D
video about explores the possibility of using the body and its performance among people as a language. More than ever, we are constantly questioned in different situations. In "video about" Quintanilha uses the institutions and their spaces to activate a performative situation. Using a questionnaire and the answers No, Yes and Maybe, he choreographs images to evoke a social behavioral phenomenon.
Dudu Quintanilha studied at Art Academy IUNA, Buenos Aires and currently attends the Städelschule, Frankfurt. He is based in Frankfurt am Main. In 2015 he created Mexa with Anita Silvia, in São Paulo, a transitioning group of people with whom they work on vulnerabilities and social complexities such as diversity and tolerance, using performance and writing mainly. There he also created with Luisa Cavanagh, Eterno Work in Progress, a cinema club. His works were shown at Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, 2019, Kanal Centre Pompidou, Brussels 2018; Bienal de Performance New York. He is an Argentine Brazilian artist, born in São Paulo in 1987.
The Jury of the 11th LICHTER Art Award
Jeremy Shaw works in a variety of media to explore altered states and the cultural and scientific practices that aspire to map transcendental experience. Often combining and amplifying strategies of verité filmmaking, conceptual art, music video and scientific research, he creates a post-documentary space that complicates expectations of the moving image as a form of testimony. Shaw has had solo exhibitions at Centre Pompidou, Paris, MoMA PS1, New York, Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, and MOCA, Toronto, and been featured in international surveys such as the 57th Venice Biennale, and Manifesta 11, Zurich. In 2016 he was awarded the Sobey Art Award and in 2018 was artist-in-residence at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. His works are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Tate Modern, London. He grew up in Canada and now lives in Berlin
Carina Bukuts is an editor, writer and curator. She studied art history and philosophy at the Goethe-University Frankfurt. She joined frieze magazine in 2018, where she works as an editor. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online art and culture magazine PASSE-AVANT. Her writings have appeared in numerous publications and artist monographs. She lectured at Kunsthochschule Mainz and worked at Goethe-University Frankfurt, where she supervised the exhibition project and seminar Studiengalerie 1.357. She curated exhibitions at Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Center for Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv; Frankfurt Airport, among others, and is organizing an exhibition in the public space of Berlin-Charlottenburg together with curator Liberty Adrien in summer 2021. She grew up in Santa Barbara, USA and now lives in Berlin.
Saul Judd is an independent curator based in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2010 he has been responsible for the video art section of the LICHTER Filmfest Frankfurt International. He conceived exhibitions with artists such as Keren Cytter and Mike Bouchet in the context of the festival until he created the LICHTER Art Award in 2011. He started to curate the LICHTER Short Films International program in 2015. Among his projects BLANK SLATE a publication about art, architecture and design he started in 2016 with SCHAUT! - a series of exhibitions of contemporary art film and video art at the MAL SEH’N movie theater in Frankfurt. In 2017 he presented the artist John Skoog as a guest curator for Double Feature at Schirn Kunsthalle.