At € 20,000, the BC21 BostonConsulting & BelvedereContemporary Art Award based on an initiative of Boston Consulting Group, Vienna, in conjunction with Belvedere, is the highest prize-money of any temporary art award bestowed by private industry in Austria. Furthermore, the winner is given the opportunity to realise an individual exhibition in Augarten Contemporary.
The BC21 Art Award 2009 went to Nadim Vardag, who won over the high-calibre jury with his films, drawings and installation sculptures. The artist, who was born in Regensburg in 1980, studied at the academies of fine arts in Nuremberg and Vienna. He works with installation scenarios, which are often geared towards the cinema. He assembles film sequences of just a few seconds to create loops, whose minimal movements draw a line between apparatus and picture. In general, the complexity of film, apparatus and effect projected pictures is a central motif for Vardag’s installation objects.