2022 European Museum Academy Prize Winner:
I-ON: Identity on the Line project
For only the
fourth time in its history the EMA Board has selected an EMA Prize winner: I-ON,
an overall project between six cultural history museums and one university from
seven European countries. They all researched the consequences of migration
processes in their own country/region.
The project unfolds common features of
migration and its impact on future generations: children and grandchildren. It
is about identities, basic human rights, discrimination. It is all about
so-called difficult history.
The EMA Prize
is not presented every year. It is given by the Board of EMA on the basis of
proposals submitted by its Pool of Experts, National Representatives,
Institutional Supporters or other groups involved in EMA activities, and was
established with the aim of recognising the outstanding results of
organisations, researchers and cultural institutions in creating pioneering
museums, or producing studies and carrying on projects of European relevance
destined to influence the development of museological discourse at the
The EMA Board has decided to give the EMA Prize to I-ON because:
- It is admirable that a mid-sized museum as the Vest-Agder Museum
has set up such a complex international project, bringing together six other
small/mid-sized institutions scattered all over Europe.
- The impressive outcome is a joint travelling exhibition,
separate exhibitions in all countries concerned, publications, webinars, school
packages and so on. It shows what mid-sized museums can achieve!
- The project is for sure an important contribution to the
understanding of the history of migration in the 20th century,
thanks to its international exposure Europe-wide.
The EMA Prize, which is held by the winner for
one year, consists of a piece of contemporary sculpture by the Swiss artist,
Etienne Krähenbühl (1953- ). The Prize was
handed over during the EMA award ceremony in Esch-sur Alzette, Luxembourg
on 10 September 2022.
2011 Galileo Museum, Florence, Italy
2013 Europeana, The Hague, The Netherlands
2016 POLIN Museum of the History of Polish
Jews, Warsaw, Poland
are sincerely grateful for the EMA Prize and we wish to thank our informants
for entrusting us with their personal and family stories, and helping to shape
the project with their objects, suggestions and comments, sharing their
insights with us. It has been an honour working with you.
Sincere thanks also to all the interviewers who helped us to collect an
exceptional number of personal stories in a short time: Vedrana Durašin, Tina
Fortič Jakopič, Domen Kaučič, Tina Palaić and Dr. Urša Valič.
A special thank you also to Dr. Kaja Širok, who developed the concept of the
project and led it between 2019 and 2021. We are also grateful to all the
individuals, organisations, associations and institutes that took part in the
making of this project.