Beate Sirota Gordon Award
The Austrian Cultural Forum’s Beate Sirota Gordon Award is given to an artist from Austria to realize a project in the field of gender justice in Japan. The award was launched in 2022 in honor of Austrian-born Beate Sirota Gordon (1923-2012), the author of Articles 14 and 24 of the Japanese constitution after World War II, which gave women unprecedented rights in marriage, family, and society.
The Beate Sirota Gordon Award recognizes the accomplishments of an Austrian or Austria-based artist in the field of gender equality and women’s rights, by granting financial support for the creation of a new artistic or cultural project in Japan, sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo. The award is given out yearly on International Women’s Day (March 8), and has a special focus on supporting the work of young and emerging artists who explore the role of women and gender equality in the context of the 21st century.
The inaugural Beate Sirota Gordon Award in 2022 went to Austrian artist Martha Schnuderl for her project “DO YOU SEE ME NOW”, a documentary short film exploring the role of women, gender equality struggles, and the challenges of self-realization in contemporary Japanese society, seen through the eyes of a group of young Japanese collaborators.
In 2023, the Beate Sirota Gordon Award went to Vienna-based artist Elsa Okazaki for her project “INTO THE WILD”, a series of Japanese women portrayed as mythological characters, which explores the representation of gender in historic portrayals of Japanese deities and idols through the lens of contemporary photography.