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Azar Saiyar katsoo kameraan hymyillen. Hänellä on kädessään kukkakimppu ja palkitun kunniakirja.

Acceptance speech by 2022 AVEK Award winner Azar Saiyar

The newly announced AVEK Award winner, media artist and filmmaker Azar Saiyar, reflected in her acceptance speech on our ability to learn and internalise the prevailing order, and on the potential of art to see, listen and tell things differently. The speech was delivered at the AVEK Award ceremony on 9 September 2022.
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AVEK-palkittu 2022 Azar Saiyar nojaa vaaleaan seinään ulkotilassa. Hän katsoo suoraan kameraan ja hymyilee.

2022 AVEK Award for moving image artist Azar Saiyar

This year, the most prominent media art award in Finland goes to Azar Saiyar, whose work focuses on moving images. She often uses archival material in her works and combines different cinematic styles and techniques. Saiyar’s short film My Home was shown at the Berlinale last February.
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Laitinen istuu ja katsoo kameraan. Kuvan tausta ja Laitisen vaatetus ovat mustia.

Art makes room for imagination

Last year, the AVEK Award, the most significant Finnish accolade for media art, was presented to artist Tuomas A. Laitinen. “I’ve spent the award money on my basic work in particular, i.e. making new art works. The award was very helpful in that it allowed me to start new things. Having time for various experiments has been important.”
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AVEK Award acceptance speech by Tuomas A. Laitinen

The recipient of the 2021 AVEK Award, artist Tuomas A. Laitinen, emphasises the role of art as part of society and in the midst of an ecological crisis in his speech.
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Tuomas A. Laitinen’s work Protean Sap available on AVEK’s website for two weeks

Protean Sap consists of augmented reality filters and a single-channel video. The work creates a strange, dream-like reality where geometric formations encrust objects and bodies, paired with a mysterious seer’s text. The forms are simulated from protein chains of microbial life. These shapes are then changed through simulations into masks and ceremonial artefacts which are morphed in a hallucinatory way.
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AVEK Award to artist Tuomas A. Laitinen

The AVEK Award of €15,000 is awarded this year to artist Tuomas A. Laitinen (b. 1976). In his art, Laitinen explores the cycles of matter and life through versatile use of moving image, sound, glass, algorithms and chemical processes. The winner of the award was selected by Italian Paolo Bertolin, festival programmer at the Venice Film Festival.
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Paolo Bertolin, programmer at the Venice Film Festival, to select the AVEK award winner in 2021

Italian Paolo Bertolin, festival programmer at the Venice Film Festival, will select the winner of the AVEK Award 2021 from shortlisted entries. Finland’s most significant media art award will be presented on September 30th.
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AVEK Award winner Jenna Sutela.

Finland's most significant media art award granted to artist Jenna Sutela

The 2020 AVEK Award has been awarded to internationally renowned artist Jenna Sutela (b. 1983), whose art studies artificial intelligence and interaction between species. She works diversely on audiovisual works, sculptures and performances.
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AVEK Award winner Jenna Sutela's video essay Holobiont (2018)

AVEK Award 2020 winner Jenna Sutela's video essay Holobiont (2018) can be watched on AVEK's website until 20.9.2020.
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In the still image a child is not facing the camera, we can only see their back. They are in a dark room that has a cupboard. On top of the cupboard there are items, such as a globe, books in a pile, a rose in a vase and paintings.

AVEK Award

The AVEK Award is an annual accolade for creative work. The award, worth €15,000, can be granted to a creator or group that works in media arts or other audiovisual culture.
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