Renata Lucas and Coco Fusco have been announced as the winners of the 2013 Absolut Art Award, in Stockholm, by Absolut Art Award Jury President Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev.
Brazilian artist Renata Lucas receives the €20,000 cash prize for Art Work, plus up to €100,000 to develop and produce a new art work, which will be donated to an Absolut partner institution. New York-based interdisciplinary artist, writer and lecturer Coco Fusco receives the €20,000 cash prize for Art writing, plus up to €25,000 towards the publication and distribution of a new book, in collaboration with a leading publishing house.
This is the first year that the prize, established in 2009, has been presented both for Art Work and Art Writing.
The Absolut Art Award is a means of acknowledging and sustaining the activities of the most exciting creative visionaries of our time.
The Absolut Art Award was instituted in 2009 to mark 30 years of creative collaborations with artists. Since then, the Absolut Art Award has celebrated artists with the capacity to enhance social imagination and experience. Winners to date include Anri Sala (2011), Rirkrit Tiravanija (2010) and Keren Cytter (2009).
The Jury, led by 2013 Jury President Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev comprised three additional distinguished international curators: Beatrix Ruf, Chus Martínez and Maria Lind; and artist Susan Hiller. Together with the Absolut Art Bureau Christov-Bakargiev has selected ten nominators across multiple disciplines and five continents: the jurors and nominators have developed a long list of nominees for the 2013 Absolut Art Award.
Each of the five jurors and ten nominators have recommended a number of artists and one arts writer, generating a list of up to seventy-five nominees for the Art Work category and fifteen nominees for the Art Writing category. Five finalists from each category were then selected by the jury, and each finalist had been offered a stipend of EUR 2,000 to work on a proposal for a new artwork or piece of art writing. The winning artist and writer was announced at the Absolut Art Award ceremony on 20th September 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.