Fia Backström has been awarded the 2018 Prix Littéraire Bernard Heidsieck – Centre Pompidou for CO-OP a script (New York: Primary Information, 2016).
LAUREATS OF THE BERNARD HEIDSIECK – CENTRE POMPIDOU LITERARY PRIZE 2018
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 AT 8 P.M.
The Centre Pompidou is pleased to announce the winners of the Bernard Heidsieck – Centre Pompidou Literary Prize 2018. This unprecedented prize, immediately affirmed its originality in the world of literary prizes by honouring forms of creation and dissemination of literature other than books: sound poetry, performance, conference performance, reading, film poetry, radio creation, literature on display, digital creation, etc.
FIA BACKSTRÖM: Bernard Heidsieck – Centre Pompidou Literary Prize 2018, honours an author for his literary creation beyond the book.
Born in 1970 in Stockholm, Fia Backström is a Swedish artist who now lives between Stockholm and New York. Fia Backström invests a large quantity of media: writing, installation, performance, publishing, photography, exhibition. She regularly invites other artists to collaborate with her, and welcomes public participation. The international recognition of her work has led her to intervene notably at the Moma in New York, at the Serpentine Gallery in London, or to represent Sweden at the Venice Biennale in 2015.
Fia Backström is a visual artist who puts language and words at the heart of her work. Poetry spreads at home in other forms and means of expression than books: oral performance, teaching, publishing, installation, sculpture... By rewarding Fia Backström, the jury of the Bernard Heidsieck – Centre Pompidou Literary Prize underlines the importance of a work that is both fully visual and fully poetic. While poetry is struggling to gain recognition in the literary field itself and in the publishing world, the Bernard Heidsieck – Centre Pompidou Literary Prize reaffirms his attachment to poetry in all its forms and its migration towards other fields of creation: contemporary art, the stage or digital space.