The prestigious Golden Triga, given at every edition to one selected installation within the Exhibition of Countries and Regions and the Student Exhibition, was awarded to Cyprus and their installation Spectators in a Ghost City. The awards travel to numerous continents of the world, to Europe, Asia and to both North and South Americas. The festival welcomed nearly one hundred creative and curatorial teams from 59 countries and regions within the two main exhibitions; in total PQ 2023 hosted around 2,000 artists.
Golden Triga goes to Cyprus
At this year’s 15th Prague Quadrennial, the esteemed main award Golden Triga goes to the artists from Cyprus and their installation Spectators in a Ghost City. A minimalistic exhibit aims to mediate conflict and trauma of Famagusta, abandoned and fenced off for forty-six years, as a result of the Turkish military invasion. The team, co-led by the designer Melita Couta and the curator Marina Maleni, introduce the concept of “reverse scenography”, where a real place becomes a dramatised scene. The exhibit, using real footage, ruins exhumed from the city’s past, and installed in a cross-discipline manner, merge the real and the imaginary, anxiety and - perhaps - hope.
Best Student Exhibition: world in constant mutation and disequilibrium
The author of the Lebanese installation Puzzles, awarded as the Best Student Exhibition, is Mara Ingea, a graduate of the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre at DAMU in Prague. The work reflects the recent and contemporary history of her home city of Beirut. Through material assemblage and clear-cut mechanisms, she expresses the chaos and tragic absurdity of certain affairs in Lebanon over the last four years.
Performance design ever evolving
Capturing directions of performance design and space once every four years since 1967, the Prague Quadrennial opened on Wednesday 7 June for the fifteenth time and unveiled nearly one hundred original artworks within the main exhibitions, diverting from or insightfully employing traditional forms of theatre making.
The artistic director Markéta Fantová reflects on the ongoing progress of PQ: “This edition of PQ reflected the search for new directions in performance design, triggered by the pandemics, as well as ecological, environmental and socio-economic urgencies. Performative, active environments welcoming visitors as participants, multi sensorial immersive scenographies that use environment sensitive materials, and conceptual approaches reaching beyond the space and time of the festival were some of the most emerging trends.”
In this vein, she appreciates them opening and widening the scenographic form and expression: “These trends emerge naturally, since each participating country or region within the Exhibition of Countries and Regions and the Student Exhibition is fully in control of their own message, concept and work. Thanks to that we can not only enjoy a diverse landscape of ideas and inspiration from many different countries and cultures, but we can also search for common connecting patterns. One of those is a definite shift from design consisting of four dominant professions of lighting, set, costume and sound design to creative work driven by multidisciplinary teams. I consider this an exciting, freeing and refreshing direction.”
Czech visual artist David Možný, who represented the Czech Republic in the Exhibition of Countries and Regions, got two awards, including the one for Best Concept.
Markéta Fantová and the General Manager Michaela Buriánková will speak at a PQ Talks panel, on Friday 4:30 pm, along with their colleagues, about the festival preparations, while negotiating the potential future.
The exhibition spaces will be open until midnight on Friday, 16 June, both in the Holešovice Market and the National Gallery. The programme is live with performances in the places of Prague, talks, live events and music shows until 18 June.
Exhibitions and projects awarded at the 15th edition of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space:
- Golden Triga - CYPRUS: Spectators in a Ghost City
- Best Student Exhibition - LEBANON: Puzzles
- Best Concept in the Exhibition of Countries and Regions - CZECH REPUBLIC: Limbo Hardware
- Most Imaginative Concept in the Student Exhibition - SERBIA: Daydreaming
- Best Design in the Exhibition of Countries and Regions - HUNGARY: winterreise.box
- Most Imaginative and Inventive Design in the Student Exhibition - FINLAND: Suo, Silent, Disco
- Best Teamwork in the Exhibition of Countries and Regions - BRAZIL: ENCRUZILHADAS: We believe in crossroads
- Visionary Teamwork in the Student Exhibition - GEORGIA: The Box
- PQ Jury Award - FRANCE: GUT CITY PUNCH
- Best Publication Award - TERESE LONGVA & LAUREL JAY CARPENTER 10 Together: Performances By Longva+Carpenter 2010-2020
- Best Performance Space Award - JILL PLANCHE & MHLANGULI GEORGE: Theatre in the Backyard: Spaces of Immanence, Places of Potentiality
- Visionary Scenographic Strategies in the Exhibition of Countries and Regions - THAILAND: Theatre to Go
- Responsiveness to Urgencies in the Student Exhibition - POLAND: ASYLUM
- Responsiveness to Urgencies in the Exhibition of Countries and Regions - ARMENIA: I see, I cannot see
- Intercultural Exchange in the Student Exhibition - PHILIPPINES: Magbigay ayon sa kakayahan, kumuha batay sa pangangailangan. Give what you can, take what you need.
- Community Activation in the Exhibition of Countries and Regions - SERBIA: Moonshine Piano
- Best Performance in the Student Exhibition - ESTONIA: Lab of Figurative Thought: You Have Only a Moment
- Volkswagen Award for the Most Sustainable Exhibition - CZECH REPUBLIC: Limbo Hardware
- ČT art Award for the Most Socially Sensitive Exhibition - CATALONIA: CROP
- PQ Kids Award - PORTUGAL: Half the minutes
PQ International Jury:
- Asiimwe Deborah Kawe
- D. Chase Angier
- Marianela Boán
- Rosane Muniz
- Serge von Arx
- Sophie Jump
- Sven Jonke