Filmstill Martha Atienza
Foto: Peter Schnetz

Martha Atienza - Winner of 2017

Martha Atienza’s video installation, "Our Island, 11°16`58.4" 123°45`07.0"E", shows a traditional procession from her native Philippines, which she alienates by placing it under water. We watch the procession passing by as if in an aquarium: Christ carrying the cross, men in women’s clothes and demonstrators carrying tableaux with political slogans, threatened from behind by menacing, armed henchman. Through her cast of characters and choice of setting, Atienza presents a both critical and humorous take not only on the state of society in the Philippines but also on the threat of climate change to which the country is increasingly exposed through the warming of the world’s oceans.

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 Martha Atienza was presented to the collection of the MUDAM, Musée d'Art Moderne Grand Duc Jean, Luxembourg.

Silverlens Gallery, Manila

Jury members:
Marie-Noëlle Farcy, Curator/Head of Collection, MUDAM, Luxembourg; Daniel Baumann, Director, Kunsthalle Zurich; Sven Beckstette, Curator, Nationalgalerie – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin.; Zak Kyes, Zak Group, London and Martin Schwander, Fine Art Advisor of Baloise, Chairman of the jury.

Martha Atienza, 1981, lives on Bantayan Island, Philippines and in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Foto: Peter Schnetz