Helga Jakobson has been awarded the Emerging Excellence Prize, one of the Manitoba Arts Council’s 2019 Prizes in the Arts. This is a $ 10,000 prize awarded every other year to an emerging artist in recognition of their achievements and potential.
“Jakobson acts as a catalyst and role model for women who want to create tech-based work or to explore tech-based experimentation. She believes strongly that for an art ecology to function, new ideas must cross-pollinate to produce cultural expansiveness and intellectual health. Bestowing this honour on Jakobson will have a positive impact far beyond the artist herself.”
– Chantel Mierau, aceartinc. (nominator)
Helga Jakobson is a transdisciplinary visual artist who produces innovative work that blurs boundaries between traditional forms of art and science. Her practice explores conditions of limbo, with a focus on death, time and ephemerality.
Since obtaining her BFA from the University of Manitoba in 2013, Jakobson has gone on to receive an MFA from AKV St. Joost (the Netherlands) in conjunction with courses at the Paris College of Art (France). She has participated in residencies, lectures and exhibited across Canada, South America and Europe.