Keren Cytter - Winner of 2006
In her five-minute pastiche, The Victim, Keren Cytter exploits one film genre after another. Melodrama, thriller, family series and soap opera all figure in a story that links five characters. Relationships are revealed at breathtaking speed, only to shift and change the next instant. The nature of the characters and their function within the narrative fragments are in constant flux. Alternating between choral sprechgesang and duets, entrances follow exits, exposition follows faux denouement and confession follows morality until such confusion reigns that not even the characters themselves seem to know what game they are playing: possibly a drama of perfectly ordinary insanity in the mirror of fiction.
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 Victim (2006) as well as Dreamtalk (2005) were presented to the collection of the mumok Vienna.
Cytter is best known for her textually based video art. Through the development and execution of Cytter's unique style, she has found herself a niche in the art world which has brought her more and more critical attention and made her one of the most renowned artists of her generation.