Live Art Prize

ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art

The world's only International Prize for Live Art 

 The ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art was awarded for the first time in Kuopio during ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival 2014, on 24th September. In December 2014, ANTI announced the continuation of the Prize. The future of the Prize is secured with the Saastamoinen Foundation, which generously supports it.

The world's only International Prize for Live Art is 30,000 euros, making it one of the richest cultural prizes in the arts. The winning artist receives a cash prize of 15,000 euros and the same amount in the form of a production grant for bringing a new work to the ANTI Festival in the following year.


The ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art website is www.liveartprize.com


ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival is thrilled to present the four shortlisted artists for the 2020 ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art and their performances in the Shortlist LIVE! Programme – a unique set of artists and artworks for a unique year.

The nominees for the 2020 ANTI Festival International Prize for Live are: Geumhyung Jeong (South Korea), W A U H A U S (Finland), Ingri Fiksdal (Norway) and Brian Fuata (Australia).

This year’s ANTI Festival marks the 2nd edition of Shortlist LIVE! and the nominees’ performances are presented through a mix of live, digital and remote showings during the festival taking place in Kuopio, Finland between 27th October and 1st November 2020.

ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art is an extraordinary award that marks, celebrates and supports extraordinary artists. On Saturday 31st October in Kuopio, we will award the Prize for the 7th time. An international jury considers the nominees’ work from the past few years and experiences their recent works in the Shortlist LIVE! Programme together with other audiences.

The 2020 Chair of Jury is Kira O'Reilly (IE/FI), and the other members are João Laia (PT/FI) and Fiona Winning (AU).

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Shortlist 2020

South Korea-born artist Geumhyung Jeong is a choreographer and performance artist whose practice began in the theatre and has extended to encompass installation and film. In her work, she constantly negotiates the relationship between the human body and the things surrounding it. Read more ▸

W A U H A U S is a Helsinki-based multidisciplinary arts collective that was formed in 2016. The collective creates contemporary theatre, performance art, and dance productions, as well as social choreography, lectures and workshops. The works of W A U H A U S are situated between different genres of art and take place at various venues from small black box theatres to urban sites, large stadiums, and the main stages of established theatre houses. Read more ▸

Ingri Midgard Fiksdal is a choreographer based in Oslo, Norway. In 2019, she finished a PhD in artistic research at Oslo National Academy of the Arts titled “Affective Choreographies”. This research took shape as six performances and three books. Ingri’s work on affect has in recent years taken her into discourses on perspective and privilege. She is currently working on a number of projects addressing the intersection between the post-anthropocentric and the decolonial from a feminist perspective. Ingri is concerned with how practise and theory are entangled in her work in a way where neither is perceived as anterior to the other. Read more ▸

Brian Fuata works in the improvisation of performance and objects employing the image of the ghost as a structural device. His live works are in situ timed pieces that vary in period blocks. They integrate multiple genres and registers of performance and public speaking, to engage a new narrative that he makes in/of each site incorporating his material surrounds as potential subject matter. Read more ▸

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Jury 2020

The winner of the Prize is selected by a group of international art professionals.

The 2020 Chair of Jury is Kira O'Reilly (IE/FI), and the other members are João Laia (PT/FI) and Fiona Winning (AU).

The Chair of Jury 2020 is Kira O’Reilly, an Irish visual artist based in Helsinki.

Her practice, both willfully interdisciplinary and entirely undisciplined employs performance, installation, biotechnical practices and writing with which to consider speculative reconfigurations around The Body. Read more ▸

João Laia is the chief curator for exhibitions at Kiasma – National Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. Recent projectsinclude Máscaras (Masks) co-curated with Valentinas Klimašauskas and 10000 Years Later Between Venus and Mars (2017-18) at Oporto City Hall Gallery,  In Free Fall (2019) at CaixaForum, Barcelona,  Read more ▸

Fiona Winning has worked across contemporary performance, theatre, dance and festivals. She is currently Director, Programming at Sydney Opera House and prior to that was Head of Programming at Sydney Festival 2012-17. Read more ▸

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Shortlist 2019

Cuqui Jerez is a Spanish choreographer and performer who lives and works in Madrid and Berlin. Read more ▸

An amalgam of intuitive improvisation, choreography, and performance art, Dana Michel’s artistic practice is rooted in exploring the multiplicity of identity. Read more ▸

Keijaun Thomas’s work in performance, multimedia installation, and poetry explores the labor of black femmes in situations ranging from housework and hairdressing to athletic training and exotic dancing. Read more ▸

Founded by Artistic Director, Darren O’Donnell in 1993, Mammalian is a research-art atelier dedicated to investigating the social sphere, always on the lookout for contradictions to whip into aesthetically scintillating experiences. Read more ▸

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Jury 2019

The winner is selected by a group of international professionals.

The chair of the three-person jury is Saara Turunen (FI), and the other members are Daniel Brine (UK) ja Thomas F. DeFrantz (US).

Jury 2019

The chair of the 2019 jury, Saara Turunen is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author, playwright and director. Much of her work examines the themes of art, identity and social norms. Read more ▸

Daniel Brine is Artistic Director and Chief Executive of Norfolk & Norwich Festival Trust. Read more ▸

Thomas F. DeFrantz is Professor of Dance at Duke University and specializes in African diaspora aesthetics, dance historiography, and the intersections of dance and technology. Read more ▸

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Winners

An amalgam of intuitive improvisation, choreography, and performance art, Dana Michel’s artistic practice is rooted in exploring the multiplicity of identity. Read more ▸

Sonya Lindfors is a Helsinki based Finnish artist who works with choreography, facilitating, community organizing and education. She is the founding member and Artistic Director of UrbanApa, an inter-disciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices. Read more ▸

Tania El Khoury is a feminist Arab live artist based in London and Beirut, whose work aims at engaging with the politics of space, the ethics of the encounter with audience, and the writing of history from below. Read more ▸

Terike Haapoja is a Finnish visual artist based New York and the 2016 winner of ANTI Festival International Prize for Live Art. Haapoja’s political interventions, large scale installation work and writing investigate the mechanics of othering with a specific focus on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of western modernism.

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In the year 2015 the Prize was won by Willoh S. Weiland. Weiland is an artist, writer and curator and the Artistic Director of Aphids. The Australian artist and her working group returned to Kuopio to work on Artefact that premiered in Kuopio on Friday 28th October 2016.

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The Canadian, US based Cassils is an artist who uses the physical body as sculptural mass with which to rupture societal norms. Implementing rigorous physical training practices and queering their knowledge of kinesiology and sports science, they formally manipulate the body into shapes that defy expectations.

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Shortlist 2018

Established by Australian artists Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid, All The Queens Men (ATQM) champion social equality celebrating diverse communities through creative actions, contemporary arts and socially engaged frameworks. Their work is presented globally at arts festivals and other cultural contexts. Read more ▸

Nic Green is an award-winning performance maker based in Glasgow, Scotland. Her work is varied in style and method, with forms often ‘found’ through collaborative and relational practices with people, place and material. Read more ▸

Jeanne van Heeswijk is an artist who facilitates the creation of dynamic and diversified public spaces in order to “radicalize the local.”  Her long-scale community-embedded projects question art’s autonomy by combining performative actions, discussions, and other forms of organising and pedagogy in order to assist communities to take control of their own futures. Read more ▸

Sonya Lindfors is a Helsinki based Finnish artist who works with choreography, facilitating, community organizing and education. She is the founding member and Artistic Director of UrbanApa, an inter-disciplinary and counter hegemonic arts community that offers a platform for new discourses and feminist art practices. Read more ▸

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Shortlist 2017

Tania El Khoury is a feminist Arab live artist based in London and Beirut, whose work aims at engaging with the politics of space, the ethics of the encounter with audience, and the writing of history from below. Read more ▸

Msezane (South Africa) maps out how the process of commemorative practice informs constructs of history, mythmaking, and ultimately addresses the absence of the black female body in public spaces and sculpture. Read more ▸

A Romanian artist with a background in choreography, Pirici works in different mediums,
from performance to visual arts to music. Read more ▸

Working across art forms including performance, installation and film, the vacuum cleaner addresses issues such as consumerism and mental health. From-one man shows to large-scale participatory events, his approach is both subtle and extreme, but always candid, provocative and playful. Read more ▸

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Shortlist 2016

Action Hero is an interdisciplinary performance collective by Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse, based in Bristol, UK. For the past decade, they have worked almost exclusively with each other and have toured together to more than twenty countries across 5 continents to critical and popular acclaim.

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My Barbarian is an art collective made up of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade. Their work uses performance to play with social difficulties, theatricalize historic problems, and imagine ways of being together. They make plays, masks, videos, drawings, music, installations, texts, events, puppets, and paintings.

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Public Movement is a performative research body which investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. It studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals.

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Terike Haapoja is a Finnish visual artist based New York. Haapoja’s political interventions, large scale installation work and writing investigate the mechanics of othering with a specific focus on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of western modernism.

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