• Nominees

    Ana Alenso
    Arthur Debert
    Monika Grabuschnigg
    Nina Kurtela
    Alanna Lynch
    Doireann O’Malley
    Lorenzo Sandoval
    Nina Wiesnagrotzki

  • Exhibition

    • <p>Installation view Markues, photo: Anastasia Muna</p> 01 of 08

      Installation view Markues, photo: Anastasia Muna

    • <p>Installation view with works by Ana Alenso and Nina Kurtela, photo: Anastasia Muna</p> 02 of 08

      Installation view with works by Ana Alenso and Nina Kurtela, photo: Anastasia Muna

    • <p>Installation view Monika Grabuschnigg, photo: Anastasia Muna</p> 03 of 08

      Installation view Monika Grabuschnigg, photo: Anastasia Muna

    • <p>Installation view Alanna Lynch, photo: Anastasia Muna</p> 04 of 08

      Installation view Alanna Lynch, photo: Anastasia Muna

    • <p>Installation view Lorenzo Sandoval, photo: Anastasia Muna</p> 05 of 08

      Installation view Lorenzo Sandoval, photo: Anastasia Muna

    • <p>Installation view Nina Wiesnagrotzki, photo: Anastasia Muna</p> 06 of 08

      Installation view Nina Wiesnagrotzki, photo: Anastasia Muna

    • <p>Installation view Arthur Debert, photo: Anastasia Muna</p> 07 of 08

      Installation view Arthur Debert, photo: Anastasia Muna

    • <p>Installation view Doireann O’Malley, photo: Anastasia Muna</p> 08 of 08

      Installation view Doireann O’Malley, photo: Anastasia Muna

    The exhibition of works by all 2018 nominees will take place at The Shelf in Kreuzberg, Prinzenstraße 34, from September 1–28, 2018. The opening times are: Tuesday to Saturday, 12–6pm.

    The three winners of the Berlin Art Prize 2018 will be announced live and for the first time at the closing of the exhibition, during a celebratory award ceremony at midnight on Friday, September 28. Artist Zuzanna Czebatul has created the trophies for that event. The three equal winners will additionally be honored with a one month residency in Marrakesh and prize money.

    The fifth edition of the Berlin Art Prize is generously supported by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.


  • Events

    Tuesday, September 25, 7–9pm
    Bodies at Work: Art, Activism, and Sexuality
    Presentation, Q&A
    with artists Candice Breitz, Peaches, and Melanie Jame Wolf

    Cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances!

    Sexuality is as powerful a form of expression as it is sensitive. Taking the varied practices of three artists as a point of departure, the evening aims to open a broad and inclusive discussion on topics, both sensitive and celebratory, related to sex, sex work, and sexuality in contemporary cultural production.

    In her most recent work, TLDR (2017), Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz gives voice to a cast of sex work activists who are affiliated with SWEAT (the Sex Workers Education & Advocacy Taskforce, South Africa / www.sweat.org.za). Breitz proposes that feminist practice can only be truly transformative and intersectional if it strives to decriminalize and de-stigmatize sex work.

    Musician and performance artist Peaches explores her own sexuality through her rock star persona. Bold, salacious, feminist, and transgressive, she invites us all to join her in a celebration of our bodies, gender identity, female production, and the positive expression of our individual sexuality.

    Melanie Jame Wolf works with pop culture and persona to critique how value and exchange are performed in the murky economies of immaterial capital. In “Mira Fuchs” – one of a trilogy of works about performances of womanhood – Wolf examines the contradictions of gender, sexuality, performative intimacy, and the complicated gaze she experienced working as a dancer in a Melbourne strip club.


    Wednesday, September 26, 5pm
    365 routines
    Dance Performance
    with Nina Kurtela (Berlin Art Prize 2018 nominee)

    In 365 routines artist and dancer Nina Kurtela and her longtime dance partner Hana Erdman sought to create a conceptual work based on a dance phrase: a short choreographic fragment with the feeling of a beginning and an end. In this case, the phrase is eight beats at 60 BPM. Over the course of a year, the two sent these phrases via cellphone video to each other daily, each reacting to the other’s movements. Due to their almost constant travels, they find themselves on opposite sides of the world, with the development of 365 routines becoming both a form of communication and one of the only constants in their global lives. The culmination of the individual videos is projected at the Berlin Art Prize exhibition. At this event Nina Kurtela will perform the entirety of the one-year-choreography live with the video work.


    Thursday, September 27, 7.30–9pm
    How to Breathe In a Bubble?
    An experimental discussion panel
    with Marco Schmitt (performance artist and systems coach), Dr. Martin Schwegmann (urban researcher and studio commissioner of the bbk), more tba.

    “Everything is gentrification now” but Richard Florida isn’t sorry. As the city gets more expensive, more tightly packed, some win, others lose. On this evening, Marco Schmitt and participants from art, politics, and real estate will attempt to untangle the socio-economic complex of gentrification using Schmitt’s method of COA CHING. What (moral) scope of action is possible, for those affected and those responsible, when urban space is subject to intense pressure and scarcity?


    Saturday, September 28, 7pm–late
    Berlin Art Prize Exhibition Closing and Afterpary
    Award Ceremony at midnight
    music by Superposition featuring Credit 00, Rugilė, Walter Daniel and Marlene Stark

    The winners will be announced live for the first time at a midnight awards ceremony, followed by a festive afterparty with a music program produced in collaboration with Superposition.

    The trophy by Zuzanna Czebatul was designed exclusively for the Berlin Art Prize 2018. The Berlin-based artist conceived of the trophies as a reference to the most popular ice cream colors in the 1960s.


    Past Events

    Friday, August 31, 10pm–3am
    Berlin Art Prize Party

    Join us in celebrating the nominees of the fifth Berlin Art Prize! The Berlin Art Prize warmly invites you to the opening and to the after party with music by

    Chloëdees (NTS/UK)
    Yoni (Terry Radio/USA)
    Ābnamā (REH/DE)
    Nai (BCR/DE)


    Saturday, September 8, 2–3pm
    DIY Stink Bomb
    with Alanna Lynch, Berlin Art Prize 2018 nominee

    Alanna Lynch will show all workshop participants how to create their own sulphur-based stink bombs using household materials and the sun. Together they will discuss the sense of smell and the potential smells have to take up space and trigger emotion. Please bring a magnifying glass, a glass container with a lid and some hair.


    Monday, September 10, 7–10pm
    How Do We Survive Spaces We Were Never Meant To Enter?
    Discussion, Q&A
    with Isaiah Lopaz (artist/writer) and Rachael Moore (activist/performer/community organiser)

    With a sense of urgency, activist Rachael Moore and artist Isaiah Lopaz will engage in an open discussion which highlights some of the more challenging experiences that People of Color face when working for art and cultural institutions including: unethical working conditions, tokenism, incidences of racial prejudice, and the significant absence of POC in the audience, and in the administration behind public and private institutions and organisations centered on art and culture.


    Wednesday, September 12, 6:30–9:30pm
    so schön by Ronald Schernikau
    Endurance Reading
    invited by Berlin Art Prize 2018 nominee​ Markues, with Tucké Royale (performer, author) and Jörg Sundermeier, Verbrecher Verlag

    At the Berlin Art Prize, Markues exhibits a parachute with a quote from und als der prinz mit dem kutscher tanzte waren sie so schön, daß der ganze hof in ohnmacht viel. ein utopischer film by Ronald M. Schernikau. In the book, Schernikau writes: “this film tells the story of four young people trying to organize their love. their problem is that their love has long been organized. their love is organized in exclusivity, in self-defense and togetherness.” Tucké Royale will read the entire book, published by Verbrecher Verlag. Three hours of Schernikau beneath parachutes.


    Saturday, September 15, 6–9pm
    /Common Wages/Common People/
    Reading and Concert
    with authors Aurelia Guo, Rin Johnson, Alice Miller, Darling Fitch, Hannah Gregory, Susan Finlay, Sarah Harrison und Bianca Heuser in collaboration Arcadia Missa Publishing, music by Paul Arambula

    /Common Wages/Common People/ brings together a group of writers working across genre and form to address the question of what meaning “the commons” has in a contemporary context. Instead of a facile seeking of “common ground” the writers approach the question of the commons as a broader topography, posing questions about the nature of individual experience and cultural context. The evening will conclude with a musical performance by Paul Arambula.


    Tuesday, September 18, 7–8pm
    Dreaming Trans-futurism and Reality Now
    with Doireann O’Malley (Berlin Art Prize 2018 nominee), Lou Drago (author, curator), and Pedro Marum (curator, film programmer, DJ) of Xenoentities Network, Elliott Cennetoglu (lighting designer), Pol Merchan (artist, filmmaker), Mateja Hoffman (photographer, stylist)

    Doireann O’Malley, nominated artist and director of Prototypes in conversation with the creators and protagonists of the film about the methodologies, themes, experiences and processes explored in the work Actor Lou Drago on Prototypes: “Within the first moments of Prototypes the viewer is confronted with the absurdity of society’s reduction of gender to a binary system as a voiceover enumerates the various chromosome composites that humans possess, several combinations of which do not equate to the limited categorizations of male/female. It is quickly made clear that there is much more involved in understanding the complexity of gender.”


    Thursday, September 20, 7–9pm
    MOANEY: A Speculative Proposal for Support Structures
    Panel, Discussion
    with Kate Brown (co-director of Ashley, editor at Artnet), Maurin Dietrich (writer, assistant curator, KW Berlin), Cathrin Mayer (assistant curator, KW Berlin), Penny Rafferty (writer, curator), Chloe Stead (writer, editor and art critic)

    Gentrification and exclusion have become the norm in Berlin. As the experimental gallery boom of the early 90s recedes, many spaces are moving away or shutting down completely. Berlin’s art world is in crisis and runs the risk of losing its unique perspective, formulated through its project spaces with a vibrant, antagonistic attitude towards the cultural elite, and populist politics.

    The panel aims to unpack this spectacle not as a process of mourning for more hedonistic times, but as a procedure for action. Rafferty, Mayer, and Dietrich will outline a new protocol, in which every institution, collection, and gallery is complicit and coerced into creating and maintaining infrastructures of support, survival, and radicalization within Berlin´s creative scene. – Penny Rafferty

  • Jury

    Pauline Doutreluingne
    Övül Ö. Durmușoǧlu
    (curator, writer)
    Philipp Ekardt
    (theorist, critic)
    Michaela Melián
    (artist, musician)
    Johannes Paul Raether