The OHO Award was established by the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Institute in collaboration with the Foundation for a Civil Society and with the support of the New York-based Trust for Mutual Understanding.The award has been named in honor of the OHO Group, an important group of Slovene neo-avantgard artists active in the late 1960s. The aim of the OHO Award is to support young visual artists and to take them from a marginal social position to a more central role in society, with an emphasis on a positive context based on openness and creativity.
The OHO Award include six weeks residency in a prominent ISCP studios space in New York, solo exhibition at the P74 Gallery and acquisition of recent work.
Nominees for the OHO Award 2011 were: Beli sladoled, Ištvan Išt Huzjan, Nina Kočar and Pila Rusjan.
This year’s expert jury, composed of the art critic and curator Darko Simišić (Zagreb), curator Majda Božeglav (Obalne galerije Piran), curator Alenka Gregorič (Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana), visual artist Patrick Ward (Ljubljana/London), and visual artist Maja Hodošček (Celje) decided that the winner of the OHO Award 2011 is an art group Beli sladoled (White Ice cream), consisting of two academic painters – Miha Perne and Leon Zuodar.
About their work they wrote: ˝We don’t like to repeat things that we have already shown, even though we take pride of our vast collection of top-quality drawings on paper. We take the drawing in a wider context, not just as a framed picture, but rather we live with it in a broader meaning of the word; like a part of every day it follows us through various opportunities and situations. Our drawings are living forms that set off visible reactions in contact with the viewer, mostly laughter. Seeing such reactions we decided that the drawing is not just a sterile fine art medium, but it can be much more because its gratest quality is seen through its casualness…˝