Winners

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.