Ryan Gander, *1976, lives in London, United Kingdom
Foto: Peter Schnetz
The point of departure in Ryan Gander's video piece Is this Guilt in You Too (The Study of a Car in a Field) is an enigmatic image: the camera pans slowly from above down to an automobile standing in a snow-covered field but the film breaks off before any anticipated action can take place. Instead an empty screen in various shades of gray follows until the camera starts panning all over again. An interrupted scene which gives us no clues as to whether it is the beginning or the end of the story. A girl's voice is heard offscreen sometimes talking about the take, sometimes speculating on what it means, sometimes slipping into the role of the on-site viewer. The artist functions as an unseen provider of keywords, his presence marked only by the girl's answers. Ryan Gander oscillates between the hint of a self-contained narrative and free association, while simultaneously examining the means and potential of the film medium itself.
In addition to the cash prize, Baloise acquires a group of works by the award winners and donates them to two important European museums. The work of Ryan Gander was presented to the collection of the mumok Wien.
Cristina Bechtler, INK TREE EDITIONS, Küsnacht; Edelbert Koeb, Director, Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna; Christoph Heinrich, Director of the Galerie der Gegenwart, Hamburger Kunsthalle; James Lingwood, ARTANGEL, London and Martin Schwander, Fine Art Advisor of Baloise, Chairman of the jury.