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AICA Incentive Prize for Young Critics 2013 / Decision of the Jury

The AICA Fellowship Fund Commission is pleased to announce the decision of the Jury for the AICA Incentive Prize for Young Critics 2013, whose subject was dOCUMENTA (13).

The winner is Sebastian Baden for his essay The Fairy Godmother. Why dOCUMENTA 13 is able to fulfill artist’s dreams but cannot save the world, written in English and German. The Jury awarded this bright text, for its good and sharp argument that offers a reflexive approach over the purposes and results of the exhibition.

The Jury decided to give Honorable Mentions to Judit Szalipszki for her text Empire of the states of mind and to Juan Canela Claver, for his text La expansión y el ritmo como estrategia para leer el pasado, comprender el presente e imaginar el futuro. Límites y dOCUMENTA (13).
The Jury considered Judit Szalipszki’s text as a good guide through the exhibition, displayed in a clear language and convincing reasons, as seen by a regular visitor and as intended by its artistic director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev . Juan Canela Claver’s text has been considered for its large and reflexive overview on the event.

The Jury was composed by Adriana Almada (Chair, AICA Fellowship Fund Commission), Carlos Acero Ruiz (President, AICA Dominican Republic), Robert-Jan Muller (President, AICA Netherlands), Jean-Marc Poinsot (Chair, AICA Publications and Languages Commission) and Dirk Schwarze (member of AICA Germany).

The award consists of a round trip to Kosice and Bratislava (Slovakia) to participate in the 46th AICA Congress, to be held between September 24th and September 28th 2013 under the title White Places, Black Holes. The winner, Sebastian Baden, is supposed to present a short paper during this symposium organized by AICA Slovakia and AICA International, that will address the subject of emergence of unknown and until now less important regions in the global art history. The first day of the congress will be focused on history, the second day will be related to political issues (less esthetics, more empathy and engagement), and the third day will be dedicated to reflection on the future (how new communication strategies are changing our reflection/ perception of art).

The three texts will be published on AICA’s web site.


Sebastian Baden

Sebastian Baden was born in Germany in 1980. He currently lives in Karlsruhe and Bern. In 2007 he finished his studies in Painting, Photography and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe and German Literature at the KIT (Karlsruhe Institut for Technology). Since then he is PhD candidate in Art History and Media Theory, focussing on the image of “Terrorism in the Arts”, at the University of Art and Design in Karlsruhe (HfG Karlsruhe). In 2010 he became assistant to Prof. Dr. Beat Wyss and teaches at HfG Karlsruhe. One of his recent seminars was about the history of art criticism concerning Documenta in which he published the AICA awarded article. Besides, since 2006 Sebastian Baden and his twin brother Lukas both run their gallery Ferenbalm-Gurbrü Station, based in Karlsruhe and curate exhibitions in international institutions.

Judit Szalipszki

Judit Szalipszki -born in 1988 and based in Budapest- is a BA student at the Program in Fine Art Theory at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and at the Department of Media and Communication at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. She is the secretary of VIVO | Watershed Visual Education Foundation, a not-for-profit organization devoted to foster personality development through creative thinking and the appreciative reception of art. Judit interned extensively at art initiatives ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange and at the Studio of Young Artists’ Association, Budapest. Her most recent project include Curators’ Network Budapest (as project manager, editor) and Under Reconstruction | New Inhabitants 1989-1995 (as co-curator). She is collaborating with friend and colleague Emese Mucsi on organizing art projects under the name BÜRO imaginaire.

Juan Canela

Juan Canela Claver is an independent curator and writer. He was born in Sevilla, Spain, in 1980. He lives and works in Barcelona. He is founder and curator of BAR International Residency Program and founder member of Radiobucket and Azotea Collective. He has curated exhibitions as “Throw a rock and see what happens”, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2013) ; “The cosmic space was there…”, Bacelos Gallery Madrid/Vigo (2013) ; editorial project “Radio de Acción”, Espacio Abisal, Bilbao (2011) or “Ref.08001”, Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona (2010). At the moment, he is co-curanting the round table program “Vertex, conversations in art, politics and society” for ADN Think Tank, and preparing “Lesson 0”, a long-term project for Espai 13 Fundació Miró, Barcelona. From november onwards he will be in residency at La Ene, Nuevo Museo Energía de Arte Contemporáneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He usually writes for art magazines such as A*Desk, Dardo magazine, Exit-Express, SOUTH Magazine and Kaleidoscope Blog.

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