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Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Art Award 2020

For the fifth time, Erste Bank is awarding the ExtraVALUE Art Award to an artist who has participated in the program of das weisse haus / studio das weisse haus. The prize includes a solo exhibition in das weisse haus (April 22 – June 06, 2020) and a one month stay in New York City in July 2020 as a source of inspiration, as well as to establish new contacts and expand his network.

Carried out in the two stage competition, the jury has decided in favor of Fabian Erik Patzak and his exhibition concept "Direct Transit." Following a first round, which assessed the artistic quality on the basis of the submitted portfolios, eleven candidates were invited to develop a concept for the presentation in das weisse haus. Presented by the artists, these proposals were then judged in a second round.

Naomi Anolic Early Career Jewish Visual Arts Award

We are very happy to share that Fabian Erik Patzak is the 2018 Naomi Anolic Early Career Jewish Visual Arts Award recipient! Fabian's work and statement really moved the judges. Now more than ever we must always keep social and political justice in mind. Here is a brief excerpt from Fabian's proposal: "Increased political nationalism on both sides of the Atlantic has led me to revisit the trauma and upheaval experienced by the Jewish side of my family beginning in late 1930s Nazi Austria and their eventual flight to the United States. The project Direct Transit draws together objects, records, imagery, stories, and inspiration from what little of my family history has survived, and uses these to create documentary and imagined works on migration, loss, and multi-generational memory, bringing a very personal history into dialogue with contemporary debates on war, migration, and religious discrimination."