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Pilvi Takala, Wallflower, (still), 2006. Video, 10:26 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Carlos/Ishikawa.

Pilvi Takala, Players, (still), 2010, Video, 7:50 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Carlos/Ishikawa.

Pilvi Takala, Real Snow White, (still), 2009, Video, 9:15 minutes. Courtesy of the artist and Carlos/Ishikawa.

The winner of the 2013 Emdash Award is Pilvi Takala, a Finnish artist who lives and works in Istanbul. Takala has previously worked with video to document experimental performances that challenge silently agreed rules within particular communities of people. As a starting point for the Frieze Projects commission, Takala will establish a committee of children, around the age of 12, who in a series of workshops will decide on the final form and scope of the project. By working with this committee Takala aims to establish a collective decision-making process with an outcome that has the potential for children to operate as equals, with a common ground and language. The workshops will take place ahead of the fair, over a three-month period, and will be led by Pilvi Takala and artist and educator Polly Brannan. The committee’s final decisions will be presented at Frieze London 2013.


Pilvi Takala studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helskini and Glasgow School of Art. Recent solo shows include Slight Chance at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm; and Random Numbers at Carlos/Ishikawa, London. Recent group shows include Nouvelles vagues at Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Maintenance Required at The Kitchen, New York and Apparatus Criticus & Locus at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart.