EIKON competition for photography


EIKON announces a Europe-wide competition for photography on the subject of prohibitions in the space of art. This competition is directed at all those who think the discussion of conventions is important when it comes to dealing with art or our behaviour within spaces dedicated to art. An expert jury will choose the best works, which will then be shown in a three-week exhibition at Leopold Museum in Vienna.


Art is “fragile;” “do not touch;” or “do not cross the line” surrounding an artwork. But the space for the beholders behind the line is also subject to certain rules of behavior. That our approach to art is ruled by conventions becomes clearly visible when we consider the capacity for critique attributed to art and the refusal of regulation.

If the art space is public, debate is broadened, and comes to focus on attitudes about the freedom to act in cultural space. This competition understands itself as an international contribution to the debate, as a platform for the exchange on restrictive relations in the supposedly free space of art.


The jury consists of the following art experts:

  • Ulrich Haas-Pursiainen (Curator, Fototriennale Tampere)
  • Karola Kraus (Director, MUMOK, Vienna)
  • Václav Macek (Curator, European Month of Photography, Bratislava)
  • Eva Schlegel (Artist, Austrian commissioner of the Venice Biennale 2011)
  • Artur Walther (Art collector, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm)


The EIKON Photography Competition 2011 will be awarding a total of €5,000 in prize money, distributed as follows:

  • 1st place: €2,500
  • 2nd place: €1,500
  • 3rd place: €1,000

The best projects will be shown in a three week exhibition at the renowned Leopold Museum in Vienna from June 23 to July 17, 2011. How many projects are going to be part of the exhibition depends on their particular scale and will be decided after the jury viewing at the end of May 2011.

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