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Jonas Van Holanda is the winner of the Helvetia Art Prize 2022

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Jonas Van Holanda is the winner of the Helvetia Art Prize 2022
09.05.2022 / 10:00

Press release
Basel, May 9, 2022

Jonas Van Holanda (*1989) is the winner of the Helvetia Art Prize 2022. The winner holds a Bachelor’s degree from the Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD). Born in Brazil, the artist creates immersive installations that frequently incorporate videos and their own texts. Their artistic research oscillates between concise content and poetic narration, tackling in depth subjects such as language, ecology and subfields of quantum physics, which they then consciously reinterpret in ephemeral works and embellish with fictional texts. intimate.

In their most recent audiovisual installation, “Moving Towards Us” (2022), which is currently part of the Plattform22 exhibition at the Kunsthalle Palazzo in Liestal, the artist takes a first look at the physical and philosophical concept of entropy. negative. In this ongoing research project, they are taking a closer look at the possibilities of physical transformation. The work combines video, projection, sound and text to explore the body beyond its physical manifestation as a sensory and temporal experience.

Assuming there is no measurable maximum speed, every visual phenomenon could occur at infinite speed. Our understanding of space, time and existence would dissipate, one body could suddenly disappear or be replaced by another. With this scenario, Jonas Van Holanda mobilizes our perception in his work: “Moving Towards Us” (2022) reveals moments of transformation rooted in the reality and identity of the trans artist. The spherical sounds that fill the small exhibition space of the Kunsthalle in Liestal demonstrate an intense devotion to vibrations and the principle of negative entropy. With the idea of ​​transforming flesh into sound, the artist addresses the consequences of their hormonal and spiritual transition. The jury was impressed by the refreshing way in which Jonas Van Holanda deals with an extremely complex subject, managing to open up the space of a societal utopia through quantum physics, while respecting the softness of a poetic space.

The jury for this year’s Helvetia Art Prize consists of Michael Babics and Olivia Jenni (management team of the Kunsthalle Palazzo, Liestal), Kathleen Bühler (chief curator of the Museum of Fine Arts Bern), Julian Denzler (curator of the Museum zu Allerheiligen Schaffhausen), Joanna Kamm (director of LISTE Art Fair Basel) and Nathalie Loch (curator of the art department of Helvetia).

Start-up assistance within the framework of cultural engagement
With the Art Prize, Helvetia Insurance supports young artists at the start of their career. The Helvetia Art Prize is aimed at graduates of Swiss universities of applied sciences in the field of fine and media arts. The price is a double help: On the one hand, Jonas Van Holanda receives a prize of 15,000 francs and, on the other hand, the opportunity to present his work to an international specialist audience and to the general public with a solo exhibition at the LISTE Art Fair Basel 2023. Since its creation in 1996, the LISTE has been committed to actively promoting galleries and artists to young and middle generations.

The Helvetia Art Prize is a key element of the international insurance group’s commitment to art. The prize has been awarded annually since 2004. Originally known as the Swiss National Art Prize, it has been known as the Helvetia Art Prize since the merger of Helvetia and Nationale Suisse. Helvetia, which also insures art, has one of the most important collections of Swiss contemporary art, which dates back more than 70 years. The collection focuses on paintings, drawings and photography. Since 2015, Helvetia has had its own publicly accessible exhibition space in the form of the Helvetia Art Foyer at its headquarters in Basel. Here, thematic exhibitions featuring works from its own collection or individual presentations by artists are held.

The installation “Moving Towards Us” (2022) by Jonas Van Holanda can be seen as part of the Plattform22 exhibition at the Kunsthalle Palazzo in Liestal until June 26, 2022.

May 7 – June 26, 2022

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CH-4410 Liestal

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