Jury Statement

Recipient of the Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Art Award 2018
Marit Wolters
The jury decided in favour of Marit Wolters and her presentation concept, titled “Everything that is solid dissolves into air”, which provides a fragile construction of a multitude of structural steel connected by a reef knot in the style of traditional Japanese scaffolding. The unstable structure that oscillates between sculpture and architecture is complemented by a series of compact concrete casts, the net-like surface design of which refers to topographical maps. Likewise, the video “strip” contrasts with the permeable structure of the expansive installation by showing an endless sequence of blue construction site walls. Due to their massive construction, they obstruct the view onto the working processes, which are only perceptible through the noise.
The reference to the planned installation on the sociopolitical challenges of the present, such as the exchange of goods, capital and services as well as the free or forced deployment of people, has convinced the jury. Marit Wolters’ construction of architectural elements serves as a metaphor for this fragile economic and social framework within a globalized world.

Recipient of the Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Art Recognition Award
Julia Gaisbacher
On the recommendation of the jury, the Erste Bank ExtraVALUE Art Recognition Award will be presented to Julia Gaisbacher and her exhibition proposal “One Day You Will Miss Me” which is part of an ongoing project which critically engages with a current city development project in Belgrade. The artist documents the different construction phases in her photographs and refers with further works to the neoliberal application and marketing logic of this so called “Waterfront Project”.
Above all, the well-founded research, which is based on critical media reports and discussions with supporters of the protest movement, was particularly impressive. The project uses Belgrade as an example to deal with the corrupt real estate business, in which quite often – and all over the world –members of the government are involved. Moreover, it points to prevailing asymmetries when such large-scale projects occur for an emerging middle class and investors from abroad, while socially disadvantaged urban residents are forcibly pushed out to the fringes.