Mary Reid Kelley - Winner of 2016
Mary Reid Kelley has been awarded the Baloise Prize for her film This Is Offal, which takes an intense, offbeat approach to the sensitive topic of female suicide. Echoing the tradition of the theater of the absurd, the film takes place in a morgue with the woman’s corpse laid out on a table. Crucial to the drama, staged in the film, is the dialogue between the woman’s ghost and her own organs and body parts: liver, heart and brain as well as severed foot and hand. The rhyming dialogue, rich in wordplay, explores the fact of death, the value of life and the role of human organs inside the body and in society. The decision of the jury was motivated not only by the innovative use of technology but also by the profound and entertaining way in which the artist addresses a socially charged issue.