Loukia Alavanou Wins Deste Prize

Loukia Alavanou Wins Deste Prize
The artist Loukia Alavanou has won the 2007 Deste Prize. The prize, established in 1999, is part of the Athens-based Deste Foundation for Contemporary Art's mission to support and promote contemporary art in Greece, and it is awarded every other year to a Greek artist living and working in Greece or abroad. This year's jury included Deste Foundation president Dakis Joannou, artist Pawel Althamer, New Museum of Contemporary Art curator Laura Hoptman, Serpentine Gallery co-director Hans Ulrich, and Frieze Art Fair co-director Amanda Sharp.

Alavanou's video work "displays a lightness of touch in its frank embrace of the strange, its mordant humor, and its witty mining of cinematic references," according to the foundation. "Inspired by historical animation techniques, Loukia weaves narratives that transform a familiar Disney image into a surrealistic nightmare or fantasy. Visually rich, Loukia's work displays a facility with her craft that we look forward to seeing develop."

Other artists short-listed for the prize include Nikos Arvanitis, Savvas Christodoulides, Socrates Fatouros, Yiannis Grigoriadis, and Eleni Kamma.