The newly created EYE Prize has been awarded to Berlin-based artist and cultural theorist Hito Steyerl.
The £25,000 prize ($37,100) was established by the Amsterdam film museum of the same name with the goal of supporting outstanding artists who work primarily in film. Steyerl will be presented with the award today in Amsterdam at the EYE Gala.
The 2015 EYE jury consisted of director and artist Chantal Akerman; MoMA’s chief curator for media and performance art, Stuart Comer; EYE CEO Sandra den Hamer; artist and director Isaac Julien; cultural entrepreneur, advisor, and art collector Martijn Sanders; producer, screenwriter, and Patrick & Joan Leigh Fermor (PJLF) Arts Fund trustee Olivia Stewart; and screenwriter and director Béla Tarr.
Steyerl is represented by Andrew Kreps gallery in New York. A retrospective of her work is currently on view at Artists Space gallery in New York. Her work will be included in a group show at the German Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.