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Prohibitions in the Space of Art
EIKON Photography Competition

EIKON announces a Europe-wide competition for photography on the subject of prohibitions in the space of art. This competition is directed at all those who think the discussion of conventions is important when it comes to dealing with art or our behavior within spaces dedicated to art. An expert jury will choose both the three prizewinners and the best works, which will then be shown in a three-week exhibition at Leopold Museum in Vienna.

The Topic

Art is "fragile;" "do not touch;" "do not cross the line" surrounding an artwork. But the space for the beholders behind the line is also subject to certain rules of behavior. That our approach to art is ruled by conventions becomes clearly visible when we consider the capacity for critique attributed to art and the refusal of regulation.

If the art space is public, debate is broadened, and comes to focus on attitudes about the freedom to act in cultural space. This competition understands itself as an international contribution to the debate, as a platform for the exchange on restrictive relations in the supposedly free space of art.


The competition is directed at all Europeans who seek to submit a work on the competition subject. Only works that use photography will be accepted. They can consist of a single image, or a maximum of three images in a series. Individual pictures can range up to 80 x 120 cm in size: for series, 60 x 80 cm in series of two or 40 x 60 cm for series of three. All entries should be uploaded at
www.eikon.at . The submission deadline is April 30, 2011.
EIKON will produce the works for the final exhibition in consultation with the artists.

Medium: Photography

Scope: Individual image / Selection of maximum of 3 images in a series
Size: Individual photographs max. 80 x 120cm, series images max. 60 x 80 cm (2 images) 40 x 60 cm per image (3 images)
Form: jpeg-files, personal details and information about work, including an accompanying text, in accordance with the online form
Submission: online at www.eikon.at


Submit entries beginning February 2011

Entries can be submitted until: April 30, 2011
Jury viewing: May 19/20, 2011
Award and presentation of winners: June 22, 2011

The jury consists of experts from the realms of art and culture. The heterogeneity of the jury will guarantee that the discussion of the works will consider many different aspects. The members are:

Ulrich Haas-Pursiainen (Curator, Photography Triennial, Tampere)
Karola Kraus (Director, MUMOK, Vienna)
Václav Macek (Curator, European Month of Photography, Bratislava)
Eva Schlegel (Artist, Austria Commissioner, Venice Biennale 2011)
Artur Walther (The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm)

EIKON Photography Competition will be awarding 5,000 Euros in prize money. The winner will receive 2,500 Euros, the second place winner will receive 1,500 Euros, and the third place winner will receive 1,000 Euros.

Terms and Conditions, EIKON Photography Competition, 2011 at