• Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019
Statement of the Jury
Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina is pleased to announce that the jury of the Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019, comprised of Charles Esche, the director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, Qëndresë Deda, artist, winner of Artists of Tomorrow Award 2018, Adam Kleinman, an independent curator and writer as well as the Regional Curator for North America at the Kadist Art Foundation, Sezgin Boynik, theoretician and editor based in Helsinki, Jelena Vesić curator, writer, editor and independet lecturer based in Belgrade, has selected three finalists to the Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019.

The jury has issued the following statement:

We members of the jury of the Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019 were happy to review the 16 applications received by practicing artists from Kosovo who have applied in the open call for the Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019. For jury members that were part of the jury on previous editions, it was encouraging to see a wider range of media and themes than before and even greater professionalism in many of the applications. It seems to us that critical artistic practice in Kosovo is developing well, and we hope the Artist of Tomorrow Award and Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtin can continue to contribute to an exciting future for the country’s artists.

We are delighted to announce that the finalist of the Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019 are: Somer Şpat, Edona Kryeziu, and Dion Zeqiri.

Somer Şpat has been shortlisted for his remarkable project relating to the rise and fall of the railway industry in Kosovo. His work showing the collective efforts of modernization of Kosovo in the Yugoslavian period is contrasted with the social transition and leftovers of industrial progress and how their remains are incorporated into everyday Kosovar life in remarkable ways.

Edona Kryeziu is a young artist who explores the personal and emotional consequences of the Kosovar diaspora and the experience of growing up away from your familial culture. Her work recognizes a common Kosovar reality with ambivalence and humor, always aware of the fraught nature of migration.

Dion Zeqiri is shortlisted for the second time for the Artist of Tomorrow Award for his clever sculptural work that exhibits both a knowledge of materials and a sophisticated reading of their symbolic and metaphorical possibilities.

The jury is delighted with the finalists and looks forward to the prize exhibition in December.

The winner of Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019 will be announced on December 6 2019, at the Boxing Club in Prishtina, in the closing of the exhibition of Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019.

Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina thanks all Kosovo artists who applied for the Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019 for their continuous work and collaboration.

Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina thanks the Jury of the Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019 for their work and collaboration.

The Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019 organized by Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Kosovo, Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU), Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports of the Republic of Kosovo, Municipality of Prishtina. A complete list of donors and cooperation partners for The Artists of Tomorrow Award 2019 will be announced in due time.