The winner of the Emdash Award 2011 was the video and performance artist Anahita Razmi, who is based in Stuttgart. Razmi’s previous works have dealt with issues concerning identity and gender, employing objects with a national and cultural significance or citing the work of high-profile female artists.
Her winning proposal combined both of these features of her work and was selected from over 550 applications by artists from all over the world. The shortlist included entries from Australia, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Israel, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and the USA.
Razmi used choreographer Trisha Brown’s 1971 work ‘Roof Piece’, which took place on 12 different rooftops over a ten-block area in downtown New York, as its point of departure. The work was presented as a video installation at Frieze Art Fair.
The Emdash Award allows an emerging artist based outside the UK to realise a major project at Frieze Art Fair as part of the critically acclaimed Frieze Projects programme.