22 September 2015
Victorian artist Willoh S. Weiland, Artistic Director of APHIDS, has been awarded the prestigious International Prize for Live Art at Finland's ANTI Contemporary Art Festival.
The €30,000 ($48,000) prize is the only international award for live art, which draws on performance, conceptual and experimental traditions.
Weiland will take home a cash prize of €15,000 euros and the same amount in the form of a production grant to bringing a new work to the ANTI Festival in 2016.
Leevi Haapala, Jury chairperson for the Prize, said, "[Weiland] is an
astonishingly ambitious artist. Her body of work to date appears to
know no limits - it inhabits the city, the suburb and the natural world
with the same sure-footedness, elegance, intelligence and verve."
A writer, curator and performer, Weiland has been at the helm of APHIDS for five years. Producing experimental and inter-disciplinary work, APHIDS has delivered a program of large scale cutting edge and socially engaged programs that have combined music, performance, new technologies and site-specificity. Her recent trilogy of live works Forever Now, Void Love and Yelling at Stars (2008-2015) explores the relationship between art and infinity.
Weiland has also made work for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Next Wave Festival, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow.