Prize win­ners

Part of on­go­ing Ger­man-Cana­dian part­ner­ship

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Fogo Is­land Arts Ger­man-Cana­dian part­ner­ship.

Fogo Is­land, NL — Fogo Is­land Arts (FIA) will of­fer the 2018 re­cip­i­ents of the pres­ti­gious ars viva Prize for Vis­ual Arts a res­i­dency on Fogo Is­land as part of a spe­cial part­ner­ship, now in its sec­ond year, with Kul­turkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V. (As­so­ci­a­tion of Arts and Cul­ture of the Ger­man Econ­omy at the Fed­er­a­tion of Ger­man In­dus­tries). The ars viva Prize is awarded an­nu­ally to young artists liv­ing in Ger­many whose work is dis­tin­guished by a high level of artis­tic qual­ity and a con­tem­po­rary out­look. This year, the jury se­lected 14 fi­nal­ists from 57 nom­i­nated artists. The win­ners of the 2018 ars viva Prize are Anna- So­phie Berger (1989), Os­car En­berg (1988) and Zac Lang­don-Pole (1988).

The prize in­cludes two ex­hi­bi­tions at renowned art in­sti­tu­tions in Europe, a fi­nan­cial award of 5,000 Euros each, the pro­duc­tion of an artist’s edi­tion, and a bilin­gual cat­a­logue to be pub- lished by Stern­berg Press. For the sec­ond time since the prize’s in­cep­tion in 1953, re­cip­i­ents will also have the op­por­tu­nity to spend a month on Fogo Is­land as part of Fogo Is­land Arts’ res­i­dency pro­gram.

“The ars viva award is one of Ger­many’s most dis­tin­guished hon­ours in vis­ual arts,” said Ni­co­laus Schafhausen, strate­gic di­rec­tor of Fogo Is­land Arts and di­rec­tor, Kun­sthalle Wien. “We’re de­lighted to wel­come these ex­cep­tional young artists and of­fer them fo­cused op­por­tu­ni­ties to work, re­flect, and forge con­nec­tions with the unique cul­ture and com­mu­nity of Fogo Is­land through our res­i­dency pro­gram.” In her cur­rent work, Anna-So­phie Berger deals with strate­gies of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ques­tions the mean­ing of ob­jects, their at­trib­uted val­ues, and con­tex­tu­al­iza­tion. Os­car En­berg’s sculp­tures are com­pi­la­tions of a wide var- iety of forms and ma­te­ri­als that re­fer to film, lit­er­a­ture, art, and so­ci­ety. Zac Lang­don- Pole’s artis­tic works are based on sto­ries and the emer­gence of his­tor­i­cal nar­ra­tives, which he ex­am­ines with re­gard to knowl­edge, power struc­tures, and value sys­tems.

The jury, chaired by Ul­rich Sauer­wein, in­cluded mem­bers of the Kul­turkreis’ Com­mit­tee of Vis­ual Arts, Kul­turkeis staff, and cu­ra­tors Chris Fitz­patrick ( Kun­stverein München), Martin Ger­mann ( S. M. A. K.), Zita Cobb and Ni­co­laus Schafhausen (Shore­fast Foun­da­tion/Fogo Is­land Arts), and Krist Grui­jthui­jsen ( KW Institute for Con­tem­po­rary Art). On Oct. 6 the ars viva Prize Win­ner Ex­hi­bi­tion 2018 opened at the Kun­stverein München. The sec­ond ex­hi­bi­tion will take place in spring 2018 at S. M. A. K., Gent. The artists’ Fogo Is­land Arts res­i­den­cies will take place in 2018.


Zac Lang­don-Pole


Anna Sphie-Berger


Os­car En­berg

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