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Èv van Hettmer

The Oskár Čepan Award

Luki Essender

Ondřej Houšťava

Tamara Kametani

Viktorie Langer


8. 2. 2022

The winner is Év VAN HETTMER

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8. 2. 2022

Congratulations! Èv van HETTMER The laureate of the Oskár Čepan Award 2021

8. 2. 2022

Award ceremony


31. 1. 2022

Invitation - Oskár Čepan Award ceremony

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10. 12. 2021


8. 12. 2021

Exhibition brochure download here

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26. 4. 2021

The international jury selected five finalists for the Oskar Čepan Award 2021

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31. 3. 2021


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31. 3. 2021

Oskár Čepan Awards in Kunsthalle Bratislava!

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12. 3. 2021

Jury – Jan Verwoert

12. 3. 2021

Jury – Margot Norton

12. 3. 2021

Jury – Edith Jeřábková

12. 3. 2021

Jury – Kathrin Bentele

11. 3. 2021

Jury – Søren Grammel

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Congratulations! Èv van HETTMER The laureate of the Oskár Čepan Award 2021

The exhibition All In. At Least, a Possibility... it is open until 28 February 2022, daily with the exception of Tuesdays, from 12 until 7 PM.

Curated by Lucia Gavulová and Jen Kratochvil.

Visitors need to have proof of C-19 vaccination or having recovered from the disease, under the current pandemic restrictions.

Jury statement

In response to the quality of the artists’ works and urgency of the concerns addressed, the jury vouched for expanding the number of shortlisted artists from four to five. The jury thereby also wishes to acknowledge the substantive number of entries to this year's Oskár Čepan Award which express urgent concerns over sexism and bullying at academies, in the art scene, and society at large. ...

The full statement of the jury can be found in the press release. ←


Kathrin Bentele (KW Berlin), Sören Grammel (www.soeren-grammel.info), Edith Jeřábková (PLATO Ostrava, Institute of Anxiety, LES), Margot Norton (New Museum, New York), Jan Verwoert (Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; Oslo National Academy of the Arts).

Curatorial statement

All In: At least, a Possibility...

There is no end in sight to the pandemic. We are growing accustomed to the status quo, hoping that in time something new will replace it. At first, we were all optimistic, and we projected models and formats in our minds: a new collectivity, a solidarity-based approach to everyone around us. But where are those times when we sewed masks, brought older people there shopping, and planned a world that had learned the lessons of the pandemic? A world in which the contemporary late capitalism will be replaced by another system, abstract, nebulous, but gradually formed and taking practical knowledge from all that we’re going through?

The answers are never absolute. Active cleavage and polarisation in society are more obtrusive than ever before. Instead of the original hope, we are getting by daily in fear of unforeseeable things in our lives and livelihoods and blaming the other side (however difficult it may be to identify) from our own position. A classical, ever-recurring story! Rationality sublimated as a long-since forgotten dream. In parallel, the mental health pandemics are gradually exciting from the world those who might have offered potential changes. In this condition, in this setting of contradiction, we silently stride onwards each new day.

Fortunately, however, there are relevant voices that resonate and can scatter the otherwise seemingly impenetrable mist of pessimism and scepticism. This year’s nominees for the Oskár Čepan Award are an example. In the recent past, all of the art awards were examining the possibilities of non-competition and equality among artists. In the perspective of current events this discussion already looks like a sunset glean from more peaceful and hence more privileged times. The artists in the Oskár Čepan Award 2021 are constructing new systems of the resistance, or sketching possible contemporary and future narratives on personal axes. Each of them offers their alternative to the general state of society, whether in the form of analysis and critical thinking, directive polemic, or specific forms of resistance, or via a self-preserving detachment. Without exaggeration, one can say that these artists have produced a joint work, though divided into its fragments. As if unconsciously, they have projected a navigating system steering a course for different realities. Given these circumstances, the choice of a “laureate” is only a minor ripple, which does not “shout down” the impact, testimonial value, relevance and reach of each input. Pathways are offered via meditation; queering of established discourses, contemporary and historical narratives; utopian visions with hints of their opposites, a mild flirtation with dystopia; and a voice of indignation, uttered plainly and harshly.

All In: At least, a Possibility, i.e. this year’s Oskár Čepan Award, does not dictate to viewers how they must behave, does not point to the right or left, and does not attempt to replace authorities with new ones. Openly, and at the same time with precision, it offers an opportunity of change, or escape from the cul-de-sac into which we are pressing together, apparently leaving no way out.

Jen Kratochvil & Lucia Gavulová