Prizegiving Prix de Rome 2013
Artist Falke Pisano (NL, 1978) was presented with the Prix de Rome 2013 from Minister of Culture, Jet Bussemaker, in the presence of Queen Máxima. Pisano won the prize for her installation Prison Work. The award includes a cash sum of 40,000 Euros and a residency in Rome.
The international jury awarded the prize to Falke Pisano for her willingness to seek new challenges, despite her past success, and to embark on a new direction with great precision and conviction, building on what was. The jury wrote: “Even though distance is sought in time, with subjects from the past, the work remains compelling and up-to-date.” Pisano surprised the jury with what for her is a highly political installation in which she reflects on ‘the body in crisis’, based on a fascinating historical analysis of the consequences of privatization in the prison system. Read the report of the jury.
Falke Pisano studied at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. For some years, she has lived and worked in Berlin and recently she had solo exhibitions at De Vleeshal in Middelburg and The Showroom in London and did a performance at the Museum Reina Sofia in Madrid. Pisano’s work consists of extensive series like Figures of Speech (2006-2010), exploring the communicative aspects of art works, and The Body in Crisis (2011- ), studying historic moments at which people started to think differently about the human body.
For her work for the Prix de Rome 2013 she focused on the opening in 1984 of the Corrections Corporation of America, the first privatised prison in America (Houston, Texas). The body of the prisoner was used here as a cheap form of labour and thus became an important economic factor.
Falke Pisano was nominated for the Prix de Rome along with Christian Friedrich, Remco Torenbosch and Ola Vasiljeva. The four finalists were assessed on the basis of new work created over a period of five months which is exhibited in de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. The jury concluded that the work periods had produced four solid installations, each with a completely individual character, design, theme and temporality. Surprisingly enough, the works on display appear to subtly affect one another, as in a group exhibition compiled by a curator.
According to the jury, the nominated artists offer a confrontational, sometimes even slightly disturbing view of modern reality, reflecting a world struggling with complex issues of a political, economic and social nature. The jury valued the fact that the artists did not avoid that confrontation with reality, as is appropriate in a world that wrestles with complex issues of political, economic and social nature. The jury commends the fact that the artists do not avoid the confrontation with reality, even expressly seeking it out, in order to chart a course through it in their own, inspiring way. This has led to highly stratified art, rich in content, which does not immediately yield its secrets but nonetheless remains very accessible.
Prizegiving Prix de Rome 2013