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Film London Jarman Award 2011 Goes to Kirschner and Panos

Date posted: 04.10.2011

London-based artist film-making duo Anja Kirschner and David Panos have won the 2011 Film London Jarman Award which was announced on Monday evening at a special event at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London.

Kirschner and Panos create ambitious, richly layered films that consider the possibilities for political art and social transformation. As winners of the Jarman Award they received £10,000 in prize money and a commission from Channel 4 worth £20,000 to make five short films for broadcast through the Channel's new strand 'Random Acts'.

Launched in 2008, the Film London Jarman Award gives recognition and support to artists working with the moving image whose work resists conventional definition and encompasses innovation and excellence. The Award is inspired by visionary avant-garde film-maker Derek Jarman, one of the most esteemed and controversial artists of the late 20th century.

For the first year the 2011 shortlist was extended to present the work of 10 artists working with film and video, up from four in previous years.

The acclaimed jury panel whose job it was to select the 10 finalists included Stuart Comer (Chair), Film Curator at Tate Modern and Film London board member; Iwona Blazwick, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery; Sandra Hebron, Artistic Director of the BFI London Film Festival; Avi Grewal, Documentary Commissioning, at Channel 4 and Mark Rappolt, Editor at ArtReview.

The jury panel, said of Kirschner and Panos, "working fluidly between cinema and gallery practice, they have produced a distinguished body of work whose sophistication and activist spirit impressed the jury."

The duo have enjoyed recent solo exhibitions across Europe including the Chisenhale Gallery in London and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Kunsthall Oslo, their work also featured in British Art Now 7, the Hayward Gallery's touring contemporary art survey. Their multichannel video installation, living truthfully under imaginary circumstances, is currently on show at Hollybush Gardens Gallery in London until 16 October.

Kirschner and Panos along with the shortlisted artists Ed Atkins, Claire Hooper, Torsten Lauschmann, Elizabeth Price, Laure Prouvost, Hilary Koob-Sassen, Clio Barnard, Corin Sworn and Imogen Stidworthy, all had their work showcased at various venues across the UK for the Film London Jarman Award touring programme throughout September. The tour, which visited eight venues all the way from Glasgow to Brighton, culminated in a day of screenings and events at the Whitechapel Gallery on Saturday 1st October, ahead of the long-awaited announcement. 

Kirschner and Panos follow in the footsteps of previous Film London Jarman Award winners Luke Fowler (2008), Lindsay Seers (2009), and Emily Wardill (2010). Wardill is currently completing work on her Channel 4 commissioned films, which will be broadcast this Autumn.

With funding from Arts Council England, Film London deliver the Jarman Award in partnership with Channel 4 and in association with the Whitechapel Gallery.

For more information on the winners and the shortlisted artists please visit the FLAMIN website.

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