The Igor Zabel Prize for Culture and Theory 2022 is awarded to Bojana Pejić – Announcements

Bojan Pejić, art historian, art writer and curator, is named the winner of this year’s Igor Zabel Prize. The 2022 Igor Zabel Prize grants are awarded to Oksana Briukhovetska, Alina Șerban and Antonina Stebur.

The Igor Zabel Prize for Culture and Theory recognizes the outstanding achievements of cultural workers whose work supports, develops or studies visual art and culture in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.

The jury prizes of the Igor Zabel Prize 2022 Bojana Pejic (born in Belgrade in 1948, based in Berlin) for her lifelong research into the building blocks of Eastern European art and culture. His writings, and especially his complex international exhibitions such as After the Wall: Art and Culture in Post-Communist Europe (1999-2001) and Gender Check: Femininity and Masculinity in Eastern European Art (2009-2010), had a global impact, critically marking our understanding of art during state socialism and also providing a critical analysis of post-socialist culture after 1989. Pejić orchestrates transnational teams or works alone as she studies what the countries of Eastern Europe have in common. , and how their art makes history, nationalism and gender politics visible. She is an art historian and also an activist for whom academia is never enough. Pejić forces us to reread our past to change our common future.

2022 Igor Zabel Scholarship Recipients

–Oksana Briukhovetska, artist, curator and art writer (Kyiv/Michigan, USA) for her outstanding contribution to artistic and activist life in Ukraine and beyond; her work triggers democratization processes in the most demanding circumstances and raises feminist consciousness.

–Alina Şerbanart historian, art writer, curator and editor (Bucharest) in recognition of her outstanding research and ability to create self-managed organizations and platforms that bring together researchers and cultural workers from Central and Eastern Europe.

–Antonina Steburcurator, art writer and researcher (Minsk, currently living between Poland and Germany) in recognition of her extraordinary power of resistance, her commitment to decolonizing Belarusian art and her belief that art is an instrument practice of political imagination.

Pricing is not per application. A three-member international jury selects the winner and three scholarship recipients based on proposals submitted by 10 nominators.

Jury 2022: Marta Dziewańska (philosopher and curator, Kunstmuseum Bern), Ahmet Öğüt (artist, Berlin / Amsterdam), Tomáš Pospiszyl (art historian and curator, Prague)

2022 appointments: Luchezar Boyadjiev, Olga Chernysheva, Anetta Mona Chisa, iLiana Fokianaki, Dóra Hegyi, Inga Lāce, Lena Prents, Kate Sutton, Ovidiu Ţichindeleanu, Klara Kemp-Welch

Named in honor of the eminent Slovenian curator and art historian Igor Zabel (1958-2005), the prize has been awarded every two years since 2008 in cooperation with the prize initiator, the ERSTE Foundation (Vienna). and the Igor Zabel Association (Ljubljana) . With a total amount of EUR 76,000, it is one of the highest and most prestigious prizes for cultural activities related to Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.

The 2022 award and grant recipients will be featured in a lively conversation at Awards: November 18, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. CET, Cukrarna Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Support program, organized as part of the Igor Zabel Prize 2022:

So close: ecologies of life and death, International Conference

Thursday, November 17, 2022, 2:30 p.m.–7:15 p.m. CET, CD Club, Cankarjev dom, Ljubljana + stream: via the Igor Zabel association Youtube channel // via e-flux (Link)

Speakers: Maja and Reuben Fowkes, Thom van Dooren, Šejla Kamerić, Marietta Radomska, Boštjan Videmšek and Mick Wilson

The international conference So Close: Ecologies of Life and Death approaches the future of life on our planet from an end-of-life perspective by drawing attention to reconsiderations of loss, decline, grief and death. In this way, he seeks to transcend the binary of dystopian pessimism about the future on the one hand and utopian optimism in the all-powerful human capacity to overcome the end on the other.


The partners: Association Igor Zabel, ERSTE Foundationand MGML / Cukrarna Gallery.

Sharon D. Cole