• ( Prize )

    HARD WORK / WORK HARD! With this slogan the fourth edition of the Berlin Art Prize was launched in 2016. On December 10 the jury officially announced the three winners. The independent art award will be back in 2017.

    From November 11 to December 10 the artistic positions of all nine artists nominated for the Berlin Art Prize 2016 were on view in Kühlhaus Berlin. The works represented a broad range of artistic practices, from installation and photography to performance and conceptual approaches. The exhibition was accompanied by a series of events open to the public and a catalog has been published for the occasion.

    After an open call to all Berlin-based artists, the jury had selected the nine nominated artists through a multi-stage, anonymous process. On December 10, the prize winners were announced during an award ceremony, where in addition to a residency at the CCA Tbilissi in Georgia and prize money, they were given a trophy created by Tomás Saraceno for the occasion.

  • ( Nominees )

    Martin John Callanan
    Stine Marie Jacobsen
    Lindsay Lawson
    Lotte Meret
    Regina de Miguel
    Benedikt Partenheimer
    Aurora Sander
    Raul Walch
    Lauryn Youden

     

  • ( Winners )

    Stine Marie Jacobsen

    “Stine Marie Jacobsen’s work represents to the jury the pinnacle of socially engaged art. With Stine’s disarming openness and positivity, her “Law Shifters” workshops engage children and various communities to rethink contemporary life, law and moral questions, opening our minds and hearts to social progress and cross-cultural understanding. Her artist books “German For Artists” and “German for Newcomers” formulate the humor of transcultural misunderstandings and linguistic difficulties from an idiosyncratic and fresh perspective.” – from the statement of the jury

     

     

    Benedikt Partenheimer

    “Benedikt Partenheimer applied to the Berlin Art Prize with “Business as Usual”, a proposal to  print out thousands of pages of reports on climate change and install them on the floor and wall so that we could, quote, “Choose to ignore them while looking at art.” Combining this installation with dramatic images of smoggy cityscapes in China, the jury was immediately drawn to Benedikt’s humorous, thoughtful and sincere approach to visualizing climate change.” – from the statement of the jury

     

     

    Lauryn Youden

    “Lauryn Youden bravely approaches a dauntingly personal topic that matters greatly amid increasingly trying times: mental health. Showing an incredible commitment to working with delicate material in the exhibition space, Lauryn created a participatory refuge that challenges us to consider our relationship to work, ambition and health. Her installation is a testament to the long history of marginalized alternatives to western medicine.” – from the statement of the jury

     

     

    HONORABLE MENTION

    Raul Walch

    “Raul Walch’s dedication to the theme of communication and urgency amid the European refugee crisis made a strong impression on the jury. The brightly colored kites of “Azimut”, inspired by semaphore visual language and crafted using found materials, represent an inventive and empathetic response to dire social need.” – from the statement of the jury

     

  • ( Jury )

    Karen Archey
    ( Art Critic and Curator )

    Kito Nedo
    ( Art Critic )

    Emeka Ogboh
    ( Artist )

    Ahmet Öğüt
    ( Artist )

    Susanne M. Winterling
    ( Artist )

     

  • ( Exhibition )

    • Lotte Meret, 01 of 19 Lotte Meret, "Surface Glaze", 2015
    • Lotte Meret, 02 of 19 Lotte Meret, "Rebel Girl!", 2016
    • Aurora Sander, 03 of 19 Aurora Sander, "Kassandra Momondo", 2016
    • Aurora Sander, view on series 04 of 19 Aurora Sander, view on series "Fantastic Four: A Scandinavian Nuclear Family", 2016
    • Benedikt Partenheimer, 05 of 19 Benedikt Partenheimer, "Business as Usual", 2016, and Regina de Miguel (background), "A Story Never Told from Below", 2016
    • Regina de Miguel, 06 of 19 Regina de Miguel, "A Story Never Told from Below", 2016
    • Lindsay Lawson, 07 of 19 Lindsay Lawson, "Sofia’s Stone" (left), 2016, und "S.A.D. lamp (Sweatpants)" (right), 2016
    • Martin John Callanan, view on series 08 of 19 Martin John Callanan, view on series "Letters", 2004-2006
    • Martin John Callanan, 09 of 19 Martin John Callanan, "Departure of All" (left), 2014, and "Letters" (right), 2004-2005
    • Martin John Callanan, 10 of 19 Martin John Callanan, "When will it end", from the series "Letters", 2004-2006
    • Martin John Callanan, 11 of 19 Martin John Callanan, "When will it end", from the series "Letters", 2004-2006
    • Raul Walch, 12 of 19 Raul Walch, "Azimut" (left), 2016, and "Spherical Semaphores" (right), 2015 – 2016, photographic documentation
    • Raul Walch, 13 of 19 Raul Walch, "Azimut", 2016
    • Stine Marie Jacobsen, 14 of 19 Stine Marie Jacobsen, "German for Artists" (foreground), 2015, and "Law Shifters", 2015 – heute
    • Stine Marie Jacobsen, 15 of 19 Stine Marie Jacobsen, "German for Artists", 2015
    • Lauryn Youden, 16 of 19 Lauryn Youden, "SSS: a place to retreat, when I am sick (of you) / SSS: Ein Ort für Erholung, wenn ich krank bin (wegen euch)", 2016
    • Lauryn Youden, 17 of 19 Lauryn Youden, "SSS: a place to retreat, when I am sick (of you) / SSS: Ein Ort für Erholung, wenn ich krank bin (wegen euch)", 2016
    • Lauryn Youden, 18 of 19 Lauryn Youden, "SSS: a place to retreat, when I am sick (of you) / SSS: Ein Ort für Erholung, wenn ich krank bin (wegen euch)", 2016
    • Lauryn Youden, 19 of 19 Lauryn Youden, "SSS: a place to retreat, when I am sick (of you) / SSS: Ein Ort für Erholung, wenn ich krank bin (wegen euch)", 2016

    The fourth Berlin Art Prize exhibition, at Kühlhaus Berlin, was open from 11 November to 10 December 2016. Photos by Anastasia Muna