The Ivan Juritz Prize was established in 2014 to celebrate the creative explosion of the modernist era and reward art that seeks to ‘make it new’. Postgraduate students throughout Europe either from traditional academic disciplines or from creative courses are invited to submit texts, films, musical compositions, virtual documentation of artwork, excerpts of moving image work and proposals for installation and performance. Entrants are encouraged to play with form to make us think, feel and question. The prize is a collaboration between the Centre for Modern Literature and Culture at King’s College London and Cove Park, Scotland’s International Artist Residency Centre. Winners receive £1000 and spend the first two weeks of September at Cove Park, engaging in a residency and showcase. All shortlisted works are given a public performance at the prize-giving and are written up in the journal Textual Practice. The Ivan Juritz prize is judged by Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Cusk, Dexter Dalwood, Julian Forrester, Jeremy Harding, Deborah Levy, Stephen Romer, Fiona Shaw and Ryan Wigglesworth.
The 2017 Ivan Juritz Prize was awarded to Grzegorz Stefanski for ‘restraint’, a three-channel video installation showing two men in Nazis uniforms revealing to the camera how to incapacitate civilians with bare hands. The shortlisted artists were: Yarli Allison (Art MFA student, Slade School of Fine Art), Manos Charalabopoulos (Music PhD student, King’s College London), Sarah Hymas (Creative Writing PhD student, University of Liverpool) and Ali Lewis (Creative Writing MA student, Goldsmiths).
Image: ‘restraint’, Grzegorz Stefanski, installation view, Studio Gallery, Warsaw, 2016