9 Project Spaces
9 Nominees
9 Solo Exhibitions

The Berlin Art Prize e.V. presented the work of its annual nominees five times in group exhibitions in central locations throughout the city. This year, it also highlighted the places where independent, emerging art can be found in Berlin: For its sixth edition, Berlin Art Prize e.V. featured nine nominees in nine project spaces and nine solo exhibitions from August 30 to September 27, 2019. The exhibitions are accompanied by a discursive supporting program. Thus, it expands the intention of an independent art prize into a major collaboration with the independent scene.

<p>Trophy:<em> “Grigri”,</em> 2019, Saâdane Afif</p>
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Trophy: “Grigri”, 2019, Saâdane Afif


The nominees were chosen through an open call, followed by an anonymous selection process and studio visits with the jury. The jury announced the three winners during a midnight ceremony on September 14. The winners received prize money, an invitation to a one-month residency in Naples, and a trophy created by Saâdane Afif. More precisely, this year’s winners each received ten trophies in an ordinary shopping net. Saâdane Afif had ordered the inexpensive Oscar copies from the internet and had a different African proverb engraved on each one, which in its simplicity and wisdom, is far removed from any competitive spirit. For example: “If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don’t wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.”


Agnes Scherer

for “The Very Hungry” at Horse & Pony

<p>Agnes Scherer, “The Very Hungry”, 2019, installation view, photo: Anastasia Muna</p>

Agnes Scherer, “The Very Hungry”, 2019, installation view, photo: Anastasia Muna

Those familiar with Horse & Pony will feel a disorienting, yet welcome, sense of jamais vu upon entering its rooms. Agnes Scherer’s narrative installation leads visitors through a sequence of carefully crafted impressions. Impressions that led the jury to remark that there “is a fire burning within the artist.” The installation is rational, yet transformational. The work’s protagonist, Marie Antoinette in the form of a life-sized figure, conveys moments of her own theatricality, independent from the realm of humans.

Esteban Rivera Ariza

for his exhibition at gr_und

<p>Esteban Rivera Ariza, “Hören sie, die Kinder der Nacht, wie sie Musik machen”, 2019, video installation in coffin, exhibition detail, photo: Anastasia Muna</p>

Esteban Rivera Ariza, “Hören sie, die Kinder der Nacht, wie sie Musik machen”, 2019, video installation in coffin, exhibition detail, photo: Anastasia Muna

Pulling back a black curtain, visitors encounter an exhibition manifesting a combination “perfection, emotion, and presentation.” In the three films, Esteban Rivera Ariza lovingly examines his protagonist’s profound themes: life, death, and eternity in immortality. A pulsing red light draws the eye to the exhibition’s end – there a child-sized coffin awaits. In it, a fourth video is the result of a collaboration between the artist and his son, exploring dreams and an understanding of death and eternity through Ariza’s son’s perspective. Esteban Rivera Ariza’s exhibition is awarded the 2019 Berlin Art Prize for his dedication to craft, attention to detail, and the humanity with which he executes his practice.

Ada Van Hoorenbeke

for “Goods & Services” at Kinderhook & Caracas

<p>Ada Van Hoorenbeke, Goods & Services, 2019, installation view, photo: Anastasia Muna</p>

Ada Van Hoorenbeke, Goods & Services, 2019, installation view, photo: Anastasia Muna

“I feel like I am living again,” was the comment of one jury member. “It’s next level,” said another. In Ada Van Hoorebeke Goods & Services, the collaboration between Kinderhook & Caracas and the artist resulted in a journey through the artist’s world. It is one of hard and soft, DIY and industrial, age-old tradition and assembly line processes – above all, it is a world of detail. Here, even the most seemingly spontaneous brushstroke is no coincidence.

Honorable Mention:

Wieland Schönfelder

for “WHY ARE WE MAD” at Ashley

<p>Wieland Schönfelder, “The Broken Man”, 2019, exhibition detail, photo: Anastasia Muna</p>

Wieland Schönfelder, “The Broken Man”, 2019, exhibition detail, photo: Anastasia Muna

In Wieland Schönfelder’s exhibition, the jury experienced an unexpected theatricality stemming from the creation of a wholly unique cosmos – as well as a play on high and low.



August 31 – September 27, 2019

  • <p>Musquiqui Chihying at Very, Badstr. 66, 13357 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna</p>
    01 of 09

    Musquiqui Chihying at Very, Badstr. 66, 13357 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna

  • <p>Min-Wei Ting at The Institute for Endotic Research, Donaustr. 84, 12043 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna</p>
    02 of 09

    Min-Wei Ting at The Institute for Endotic Research, Donaustr. 84, 12043 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna

  • <p>Larissa Fassler at SMAC, Linienstr. 57, 10119 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna</p>
    03 of 09

    Larissa Fassler at SMAC, Linienstr. 57, 10119 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna

  • <p>Joshua Schwebel, “The Ground”, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Naunynstr. 53, 10999 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna</p>
    04 of 09

    Joshua Schwebel, “The Ground”, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Naunynstr. 53, 10999 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna

  • <p>Marianna Christofides at Display, Mansteinstr. 16, 10738 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna</p>
    05 of 09

    Marianna Christofides at Display, Mansteinstr. 16, 10738 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna

  • <p>Wieland Schönfelder, “<em>WHY ARE WE MAD?”, </em>Ashley, Oranienstr. 37, 10999 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna</p>
    06 of 09

    Wieland Schönfelder, “WHY ARE WE MAD?”, Ashley, Oranienstr. 37, 10999 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna

  • <p>Esteban Rivera Ariza at gr_und, Seestr. 49, 13347 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna</p>
    07 of 09

    Esteban Rivera Ariza at gr_und, Seestr. 49, 13347 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna

  • <p>Agnes Scherer, “The Very Hungry”, Horse & Pony, Altenbrakerstr. 18, 12053 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna</p>
    08 of 09

    Agnes Scherer, “The Very Hungry”, Horse & Pony, Altenbrakerstr. 18, 12053 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna

  • <p>Ada Van Hoorebeke, “<i>Goods & Services”, </i>Kinderhook & Caracas, Kreuzbergstr. 42e, 10965 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna</p>
    09 of 09

    Ada Van Hoorebeke, “Goods & Services”, Kinderhook & Caracas, Kreuzbergstr. 42e, 10965 Berlin; photo: Anastasia Muna


Laundering Activities

Saturday, August 31, 7pm, Performance, Kinderhook & Caracas 

Laundering activities is a perfect simulation of the dyeing process as seen from the inside. This is a backseat automobile activity by Ada Van Hoorebeke in collaboration with Esra Altin.


Objects Before and After the Wall

Tuesday, September 10, 7pm, Reading, The Institute for Endotic Research

How does the presence of a wall change the status of the things and the people on each side of it? Approaching this question, artist Sung Tieu reads texts on her work. The event is part of a collaboration between Tlaxcala 3 in Mexico City and The Institute for Endotic Research.


Why Is There a Lüderitzstraße?

Wednesday, September 11, 5pm, Walk with Berlin Postkolonial e.V., Very

Starting at the exhibition of Chihying Musquiqui, we will walk through the neighboring streets of the “Afrikanisches Viertel” where German colonialism lives on today. The initiative Berlin Postkolonial explains how.


Head, Basket, Mortal Coil

Thursday, September 12, 7 pm, Talk, Horse & Pony

Agnes Scherer in dialogue with Jan Verwoert.


Judging Art

Friday, September 13, 1:30 – 6pm, Conversation Series, art berlin

Good, bad, ugly, commercial, fascist, edgy, legitimate, unfashionable, exploitative,  overpriced, underrated, ahead of its time, a mirror of today’s global reality: How do we judge art in 2019?

Berlin Art Prize e.V. presents a series of conversations with curators, gallerists, academics, critics, and collectors to measure up the dynamics between the established and emerging within the art system. For six years, the Berlin Art Prize has shown the work of jury-selected nominees in changing locations. This year, it teams with many self-organized spaces around the city dedicated to independent and challenging new art. At art berlin, these values are put to the test.


Art in the Public Space: What, How, and for Whom?

Art in public space – who decides what stays and what will endure the changes of time? This first panel of the Berlin Art Prize series at art berlin questions the role of artworks in public space, considering current cultural, political, and social shifts.

Büro für Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Mischa Kuball, Henrike Naumann, Joanna Warsza. Moderated by María Inés Plaza Lazo


Gender, Race, Class: Towards Fairness? Old Gaps & New Movements

What needs to be done to break binary systems of inequality? We ask curators responsible for current and upcoming biennials about the ideological, formal, and conceptual challenges in questioning and maintaining the relevance of their formats.

Julieta Aranda, Krist Gruithuijsen, Lisette Lagnado, Mohammad Salemy. Moderated by Alicia Reuter


Forever Young: What Belongs in a Museum for Contemporary Art? 

Who does the art you or your institution owns belong to? Who chooses, who profits, and what does this inflationary economy actually produce? The closing talk of the “Judging Art” series focuses on the question of the context in which the valuation and circulation of art is defined.
Susanne Pfeffer, Kolja Reichert, Slavs & Tatars. Moderated by Sophie Jung


Award Ceremony & Party

Saturday, September 14, 9pm – sunrise, Ceremony at Midnight, Flutgraben e.V.


Rhythmic acid and bass vibes to celebrate the Berlin Art Prize’s 2019 collaboration with nine project spaces and nine artists. The moment we’ve all been waiting for: at midnight the three winners of the Berlin Art Prize 2019 are announced. An exquisite DJ line-up til dawn by Nai Fowler will keep your body moving all night long. With:

Juba Music (BOKO! BOKO! UK / DE)

Stella Zekri (BRLN)

Sami Zibak (FLUID / PS)

Nala Brown (HEXED/NL)


Aperitivo on Shifting Grounds

Wednesday, September 18, 5:30pm, Discussion, Flutgraben e.V. 

In the thirty years since the Wall fell, Berlin has undergone a transformation from a city of manifold free political and cultural spaces to a high-pressure real estate marketplace. Space is a currency and Berlin is disappearing. With a view from Flutgraben’s terrace over the Media Spree and some of Berlin’s newest glass towers, we’ll look back to critical moments of this urban change and ask ourselves how we can find and retain spaces today. How can art, independent spaces, and communities work towards effective resistance and action?

With Larissa Fassler, Rike Horb. (artist), Pauline Doutreluingne (curator), Christof Mayer (raumlabor).


Highrise Reading – Garden Reading

Friday, September 20, 8pm, Screening/Reading, The Institute for Endotic Research

A highrise housing project in Singapore is the protagonist in Min-Wei Ting’s film I’m Coming Up. During the screening of this slow walk through the building, texts and poems by various authors will be read, combining Ting’s poetic images with thoughts of other times and other places linked by the same life in a highrise building. Followed by a screening of Ting’s film You’re Dead to Me, in which a garden plays the leading role.

Read by Susie Meyer.


Contemporary Pastorals

Saturday, September 21, 4pm, Talk, Horse & Pony

A video talk by Aaron Vansintjan, a researcher in ecological economics, food systems, and urban change. With refreshments and a live discussion.


Coffinside Conversation on Conservation

Sunday, September 22, 6pm, Panel Talk, gr_und

What happens after death? Alicia Agustin (author, performer, theory nerd), David Stodolsky (social psychologist, peace activist, feminist), and artist Esteban Rivera Ariza discuss perspectives on death, the acceptance and transcendence thereof, with a focus on the theoretical, speculative, and sometimes questionable realms of cryonics, post-, and trans-humanism.


The Case of Mr. Xie and the Chinese Art Market

Tuesday, September 24, 8pm, Conversation, Very 

Chinese businessman and collector Xie, the protagonist of Musquiqui Chihying’s video essay “The Sculpture,” is the starting point for a conversation between the artist and Minh An Szabó de Bucs, a journalist and Chinese art historian. While Xie’s collection of African cultural assets, which he began in the 1990s and largely bequeathed to the Chinese National Museum in Beijing, is rather unusual, the figure of the high-profile collector is paradigmatic for today’s China. A conversation about the global movements of cultural assets in the post-Cold War era.


My Brooklyn, My Berlin

Friday, September 27, 8pm, Screening & Artist Talk at Kreuzberg Pavillon

My Brooklyn is a documentary about director Kelly Anderson’s personal journey, as a Brooklyn “gentrifier,” to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood along the lines of race and class. An artist talk reflecting parallels, differences, responsibilities, culpabilities, and solidarity in relation to art and gentrification with Joshua Schwebel will follow the screening.


Julieta Aranda (artist and writer)
Krist Gruijthuijsen (curator and writer)
Käthe Kruse (artist)
Henrike Naumann (artist)
Laurie Rojas (art critic)

Project Spaces


Ashley Berlin is an independent, non-profit exhibition space that presents work by emerging, under-recognized and women artists. It was founded in 2013 and is directed by Kate Brown and Lauryn Youden.

Oranienstr. 37, 10999 Berlin


Display is a space for experimental artistic and curatorial practices. Founded in 2015, it is understood as a transitory space, where creation, presentation, representation, and questioning contemporary practices can be done simultaneously.

Mansteinstr. 16, 10738 Berlin

Flutgraben e.V.

Flutgraben e.V. is a self-organised non-profit art-association and was founded in 1997. It is situated in a 3800 sqm big building that was part of the Berlin wall. The house contains about 50 artist studios accommodating more than 80 artists from all over the world, working in the fields of visual and plastic art, architecture, and choreography.

Am Flutgraben 3, 12435 Berlin


gr_und is a nonprofit artist-run space in Wedding, Berlin. gr_und is an active space for the materialization of curated concepts, using multi-disciplinary methods of visual art, performance, sound, and linguistics. The mission of gr_und is to support artists and advance the knowledge and practice of contemporary visual arts and culture in Berlin.

Seestr. 49, 13347 Berlin

Horse & Pony

Horse & Pony is an artist-run project space located near Körnerpark in Neukölln. The mission of the space is to provide artists and curators with room for experimentation and development, as well as to facilitate creative exchanges with other project spaces, encouraging our collaborators to work outside their typical constraints.

Altenbrakerstr. 18, 12053 Berlin

Kinderhook & Caracas

Kinderhook & Caracas is a project space and initiative run by Sol Calero and Christopher Kline, founded in 2011. It is named after their hometowns of Caracas, Venezuela and Kinderhook, New York respectively. Programming focuses on immersive installations and in-depth projects developed together with Berlin-based artists.

Kreuzbergstr. 42e, 10965 Berlin

Kreuzberg Pavillon

Kreuzberg Pavillon focuses on the development of extended exhibition concepts, which so far can only be created and implemented in project spaces. The special intellectual and sensory freedom experienced by artists and, in turn, the visitors in project spaces is tested in a variety of exhibitions and open concepts that form a necessary deinstitutionalized space of experience.

Naunynstr. 53, 10999 Berlin


SMAC is a project and exhibition space located in Berlin Mitte. It is committed to presenting solo shows featuring the work of Berlin-based artists as well as curated projects. SMAC was initiated by Stephanie Hundertmark and Matthias Birkholz.

Linienstr. 57, 10119 Berlin

The Institute for Endotic Research

The Institute for Endotic Research began in 2015 as a fictional institution understood as a habitable sculpture. TIER’s program challenges the processes of producing and presenting art through encounters, workshops and interventions.

Donaustr. 84, 12043 Berlin


Very is an art space, a venue, an experimental site. Located in a former carriage garage in Berlin-Gesundbrunnen, Very opened in 2018 as a collective experiment and temporary stabilization. The projects are open in practice and format and are developed with an organic process.

Badstr. 66, 13357 Berlin, courtyard