Max Mara Art Prize for Women 2017-9 has announced its shortlist

THE Max Mara Art Prize for Women has announced the six shortlisted artists for the seventh edition of this prize which promotes and supports emerging female artists based in the UK and thus enables them to develop and reach their potential.

Image credit: Whitechapel gallery

Top left to right: Helen Cammock, Moveable Bridge (2017), Celíne Condorelli, Average Spatial Compositions (2015), Eloise Hawser, Parking in the North Sea (2017) (film still)

Bottom left to right: Athena Papadopoulous, Installation view of Belladonna’s Muse at Basement Rome (2017), Lis Rhodes, Light Reading (1978) (film still), Mandy El-Sayegh, Figured Ground: Mesh Works (2017)

The shortlisted artists are chosen by a judging panel chaired by Iwona Blazwick OBE, Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, based on the artist’s proposal for a new body of work. The six shortlisted artists are Helen Cammock, Céline Condorelli, Eloise Hawser, Athena Papadopoulous, Lis Rhodes and Mandy El-Sayegh. These artists work across a range of mediums.

Using multiple disciplines, including film, photography, writing, poetry, spoken word, song, printmaking and installation, Helen Cammock tries to map literature and poetry onto social and political situations through her work.

Moveable BridgeHelen Cammock, Moveable Bridge

In order to explore how human behaviour occurs within multiple support structures, Céline Condorelli  explores different relationships through installations and performances often altering the architecture of the galleries that she exhibits in.

Average Spatial CompositionsCeline Condorelli, Average Spatial Compositions

British artist Eloise Hawser works with the concept of fabrication by looking at how knowledge, networks and individual objects are formed. She uses the human body as an agent and site in this exploration of fabrication and our collective existence, as well as using commonplace objects in her work.

100KeVEloise Hawser, 100KeV

Athena Papadopoulos stains layers of cotton bedsheets with various ingredients and then layers drawings and photographs of women to create a collage – she uses both her own images and those from literature, art history and popular culture.

Athena Papadopoulos (in collaboration with Monster Coat Club) The Amorous AlcoholicAthena Papadopoulous, The Amorous AlcoholicF

Feminist artist Lis Rhodes creates radical, experimental films which force the viewer to re-consider how film contributes to the failings and power structures of language. She mixes together voices and displaces words from the general rhythm of the voices.

Light ReadingLis Rhodes, Light Reading

Focusing on the relationship between the part and the whole, Mandy El-Sayegh creates layered pieces using different mediums, such as painting, installation and writing, that inform the viewer about the fragmentation of the self and of wider society.

betwixtMandy El-Sayegh, Betwixt

The winning artist will be announced in early 2018. They are awarded a six-month residency specially organised by Collezione Maramotti in locations around Italy where the artist will present their new project. The winning project will also be exhibited at the Whitechapel Gallery, London and Collezione Maramotti in Reggion Emilia, Italy.

by Allie Nawrat 

The Max Mara Art Prize for Women was established by the Max Mara Fashion Group and the Whitechapel gallery in 2005. It is a biannual award

Previous winners of the the Max Mara Art Prize for Women include Emma Hart (2015-2017), Hannah Rickards (2007-2009) and Andrea Büttner (2009-2011)