Aesthetica Art Prize Open For Entries: Cecilia Stenbom, Video, Installation & Performance

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.

The award attracts thousands of entries in a range of innovative media from locations as diverse as Australia, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. Previous finalists include John Keane, former official British war artist, currently represented by Flowers Gallery in London; Julia Vogl, shortlisted for Saatchi Gallery and Channel 4′s New Sensations; Ingrid Hu, former designer at the Lubetkin-winning Heatherwick Studio; Marcus Jansen, a leading modern expressionist; and Bernat Millet, shortlisted for National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize.

Longlisted and shortlisted artists have gone on to achieve success around the globe, including Jason deCaires Taylor, creator of the first underwater sculpture park in Grenada and recently the artist behind an environmental installation on the banks of the River Thames. Chilean-born photographer Carolina Redondo has since been selected for In Search of the Miraculous at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and French photographer Noémie Goudal has had solo shows at FOAM in Amsterdam and The Photographers’ Gallery in London.

Enter now for the Art Prize 2017:

We rediscover the work of filmmaker Cecilia Stenbom, who featured in the Video, Installation & Performance strand of the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 Longlist:

Media-saturated, consumer-driven everyday environments are the source material for Cecilia’s work, as well as a study of how human beings respond to them with regards to notions of identity, behaviour and interaction. Collective experiences are examined through moving image content that involves reinterpretation and appropriation, using narrative and plot as tools. She works predominately through film and installation, re-contextualising narrative for the gallery space or adapting it for the cinema screen. SYSTEM is a fictional work based on one-to-one interviews with members of the public about their experiences, routines and preferences within the framework of everyday situations in public space. The film, a psychological thriller, is set inside a shopping centre and follows the interactions between two women: one anxious about her personal safety, the other concerned with the invisible threat of infection. The sterile atmosphere of the environment becomes menacing as the women’s personal safety systems begin to fail.

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1. Cecilia Stenbom, SYSTEM, 2014. 10 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.