A contribution from Switzerland has become a prize-winner at the 13th Prague Quadrennial, with the jury awarding the gold medal in the category Best Performance Design Photo to Swiss photographer Iren Stehli. Her work documents an installation – also a Swiss contribution – on Wenceslas Square in the heart of Prague and the various reactions of the local population.
Switzerland is one of 68 nations participating in this year’s 13th Prague Quadrennial, the most important platform for scenography worldwide. Featuring among the Swiss contributions is a photo documentation by Iren Stehli, on display up to 28 June at Clam Gallas Palais, one of the festival centres. Iren Stehli, who lives in Prague and Zurich, has now been awarded a gold medal by the Prague Quadrennial jury for this work in the Best Performance Design Photo category.
«Impressive photo series»
Iren Stehli’s photographic work under the heading «Reception» documents the installation and impact of the construction «Wenceslas Line» by architects Markus Lüscher and Erik Steinbrecher on Wenceslas Square in the centre of Prague. «Wenceslas Line» – also part of the official contribution by Switzerland to the Quadrennial – is several hundred metres long and can be walked along, thereby offering visitors a new perspective of this historic square in the heart of the Czech capital.
The jury of the Prague Quadrennial explained its decision as follows: «This impressive photo series documents Wenceslas Line in a way that sheds light both on the installation process and on its integration in and impact on the urban context. » Myriam Prongué, Head of Theatre at Pro Helvetia, believes that Iren Stehli’s collection of pictures «documents not only the installation on Wenceslas Square itself, but also elucidates the intentions pursued by the two architects with their intervention in public space.»
The Prague Quadrennial for Scenography was founded in the era of the cold war and has served as a bridge between eastern and western Europe to this day. This year the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia was, for the first time, responsible for Switzerland’s contribution to the festival.
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Media Release of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, 23.06.2015