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Emdash Award 2013 for Pilvi Takala

Pilvi Takala is the recipient of the 2013 Emdash Award. The Emdash Award allows an emerging artist based outside the UK to realise a major project at Frieze London as part of the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects programme.

Takala’s proposal was selected from over 550 applications by artists from across the world, Frieze said. Takala has chosen to give the opportunity to devise and realise the Emdash Award in 2013 to a group of children. As a starting point for the project, Takala will establish a committee of children, around the age of 12, who in a series of workshops will decide on the final form and scope of the project. By working with this committee Takala aims to establish a collective decision-making process with an outcome that has the potential for children to operate as equals, with a common ground and language. The workshops will take place ahead of the fair, over a three-month period, and will be led by Pilvi Takala and artist and educator Polly Brannan. The committee’s final decisions will be presented at Frieze London 2013.

Pilvi Takala (b1981) is a Finnish artist who lives and works in Istanbul. Takala has previously worked with video to document experimental performances that challenge silently agreed rules within particular communities of people. Takala acts as both an observer and participant in these groups – be it a collective of co-workers, a group sharing the same interest or a crowd of consumers. By intervening in these communities Takala questions the groups’ organising logic and reveals unexpected aspects of social structures in public and semi-public spaces.

Nicola Lees, curator of Frieze Projects said, ‘We are delighted to be working with Pilvi Takala. Her project will engage young people in a collaborative, open-ended process whose outcome we look forward to presenting in October. Takala’s proposal marks an important step in her practice, with an expanded audience taking part in each stage of its realisation.’

The Emdash Award is supported by the Emdash Foundation, a private foundation with a mission to support new ideas and emerging talent across disciplines, from the arts and cultural projects to science.

Andrea Dibelius, founder of the Emdash Foundation, commented: ‘In its third year the Emdash Award continues to encourage and nurture artists who are interested in new creative processes and ways of thinking. The Emdash Foundation was established to develop challenging projects that are international in their outlook. Pilvi Takala is a deserving winner and I cannot think of a better environment to showcase her talent than Frieze London.’

In 2013, the residency of the Emdash Award winner will once again be developed in partnership with Gasworks.

Pilvi Takala studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki and Glasgow School of Art. Recent solo shows include: Slight Chance at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; and Random Numbers at Carlos/Ishikawa, London. Recent group shows include: Nouvelles vagues at Palais de Tokyo, Paris ; Maintenance Required at The Kitchen, New York and Apparatus Criticus & Locus at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.

Frieze London will take place 17–20 October 2013 in Regent’s Park, London and will present more than 150 of the world’s leading contemporary galleries. Frieze London is sponsored by Deutsche Bank. Additional support for the Emdash Award 2013 was provided by Frame, the Finnish visual art agency.

The Emdash Award offers an opportunity to realise a major new work at Frieze London, as part of the Frieze Projects programme, the award provides production costs of up to GBP 10,000, an artist’s fee of GBP 1,000 and a three- month residency at Gasworks including accommodation, per diems and travel expenses. The award is open to non-UK-based artists within five years of graduating from an undergraduate or postgraduate degree. For full details on how to apply see:

The 2013 selection committee for the Emdash Award was: Nicola Lees (Curator, Frieze Foundation); Andrea Dibelius (Founder, Emdash Foundation); Goshka Macuga (Artist); Amelie Von Wedel (Advisor, Emdash Foundation); Rowan Geddis (Residencies Programmer, Gasworks); Stuart Comer (Film Curator, Tate Modern).

Previous Recipients of the Emdash Award were Cécile B Evans (2012) and Anahita Razmi (2011).

Author: Editor

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