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 ▸
Shortlist & Jury 2017
The chair of jury is Fiona Winning, a former program director at the Sydney Festival and currently one of the designers of Australia's National Institute of Dramatic Arts' Landmark Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) program.
The other members of the jury are Lois Keidan (UK), founding member and executive director of the Live Art Development Agency, who has also worked as director of the Live Arts program at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and River Lin (TW), a Taiwanese artist and curator based in Paris. , who works in a variety of performing and visual arts.
The jury meeting was held in London at the Arts Admin from 30 August to 1 September. In addition to the members of the jury, the meeting was attended by Anti Festivals artistic directors Johanna Tuukkanen and Gregg Whelan, as well as art historian Riikka Stewen as the secretary of the meeting and a representative of the Saastamoinen Foundation.