Eszter Salamon receives the Evens Arts prize 2019

We are happy to share the wonderful news that Eszter Salamon has received the The Evens Arts Prize 2019. Composer Éliane Radigue receives the Special Mention of the Jury.

The laureates were selected by an independent jury, who chose from a list of 45 internationally acclaimed artists, nominated by representatives of major European cultural institutions.

The Jury of the Evens Arts Prize 2019
Cristina Grande, Head of the Performing Arts Department, Serralves Foundation, Porto | Andrea Lissoni, Senior Curator of International Art (Film), Tate Modern, London | Malgorzata Ludwisiak, Director, Ujazdowski Castle, Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw | Frank Madlener, Director, IRCAM, Paris | Christophe Slagmuylder, Artistic Director, Wiener Festwochen, Vienna | Ernest Van Buynder, President of the Jury, former Chairman, M KHA, Antwerp.


The Laureate
The Jury has acknowledged Eszter Salamon’s ambitious and uncompromising work that explores contemporary issues touching upon what has been forgotten, excluded and repressed in Western consciousness. The Jury has particularly valued the strong European resonance of her work and the way it articulates individual and collective experiences. Building on history to imagine a possible future, Salamon’s œuvre embodies an immaterial inheritance of gestures, movements and dances to reaffirm art’s insight into the contemporary world.


The Special Mention of the Jury
The Jury recognised and awarded with a special mention the unique path of French composer Éliane Radigue. A true “artists’ artist”, Radigue’s work has been deeply shaped by a constant interest and curiosity towards the world. Exploring minimal rhythms and changes in different harmonies that unfold into intricate sonic webs, she has been a major influence for generations of composers, musicians and artists alike. Her compositions continue to touch audiences and appeal for unique forms of empathy, understanding, and introspection.

One of the most innovative and important contemporary composers, and pioneer of electronic music, Éliane Radigue began a renewal of her creative process in 2002. Enriching her compositions with new timbres and resonances, she has been collaborating with acoustic instrument performers, for whom she composes without any score, according to the principle of oral and aural transmission.

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