I’m reposting the Teletext Art Prize jury statement from three years ago, because it’s a great example of how to fully unpack the meaning of an art work. It’s specific and remarkably lacking in art speak. Via: Rosa Menkman
The jury (Paul B. Davis, Voin de Voin, Rosa Menkman) worked hard but finally reached a conclusion (one winner and 3 honorary mentions). The jury statement:
The winner is Kathrin Gûnter with her image series ” Lindsay Lohan’s Mug Shot Cabinet”
The jury is of the opinion that this image series has both the strongest concept and most innovative idea for Teletext imagery in relation to contemporary topics.
The series poses a clever contrast to the more sexual/pornographic pages that have become a subject in teletext (art) and that the technology has become liked and loved for. One the one hand some of the jury read the piece as controversial: in these pages the woman’s role has replaced the masculine cliche, emphasizing the power relations in traditional gender politics. On the other hand Gunter uses the technological feature of ‘char blinking’, rendering a secondary proposition in which only the eyes of Lohan remain and which others of the jury read as a strong visual reference to the symbol of the burka and it’s association in Western culture with female repression. All jury members were in agreement of the caliber and complexity of the winning work.