The quality and quantity of artistic production in Neukölln is very high by international standards. The Neuköllner Kunstpreis, which is financed by the Department of Culture, reflects this wealth and artistic professionalism. The Neukölln Cultural Network, organising the call for entries, invites all artists with a residence or studio in Neukölln to enter the Neuköllner Kunstpreis 2021.
Eight entrants will be nominated for the prize—valued at a total of €6000—by a seven-member jury of experts. The works will be shown in a group exhibition at Galerie im Saalbau.
The jury will reconvene at the exhibition to select three prize winners one day before the award ceremony.
1st prize - 3,000 euros: Hyunho Park, Time Crystals: Nine Rooms, 2019/20.
2nd prize - 2,000 euros: Arno Bojak, Sommerloch, 2018
3rd prize - 1,000 euros: Valerie Schmidt, Claus stolpert, 2018.
THE AWARD WINNERS
1st PRIZE // HYUNHO PARK
Hyunho Park builds abstract pictorial spaces in his video installation “Time Crystals.” He can be seen in the constructed space creating complex, linear compositions using black lines. He develops ongoing spatial landscapes in a performative, rhythmic appropriation of space. The installation is a nine-channel open grid of equally-sized flatscreens that seems infinitely expandable. With convincing ease, Park’s work spans a spectrum from Constructivism to the early phases of video art and 3D digital landscapes.
2nd PRIZE // ARNO BOJAK
“Sommerloch” by Arno Bojak shows an everyday situation with swirling figures. With a dynamic similar to baroque ceiling paintings, the entire composition of the image is absorbed into a whirpool. Bojak uses a particularly complex painterly technique in which he superimposes layers of paint, from which he reveals the pictorial motif in fine lines. The jury commends both the technical finesse as well as the ironic examination of painterly traditions.
3rd PRIZE // VALERIE SCHMIDT
Valerie Schmidt’s photographic series “Claus stolpert (Claus stumbles)” is a study of falling. He protagonist “stumbles” through the city. In each image, the moment of falling is frozen, seeming at times dance-like and at times sculptural. The jury was won over by the tension between slapstick and poetry, as well as the capture of repeated, existential failure.
In addition, a special prize will be awarded by STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH in the form of a purchase.
The jury of experts, newly appointed in 2020 for a period of two years, consisted of:
Kathrin Becker // Artistic Director at Kindl – Centre for Contemporary Art Dorothee Bienert // Gallery Director, Department of Culture Neukölln Frederik Foert // Artist Lisa Premke // Artist and 1st prize winner of the Neukölln Art Award 2019 Thorsten Schlenger // Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V., Festival Director of 48 Stunden Neukölln
The jury was chaired by Nora Zender (without voting rights).
The Neukölln Art Award is a cooperation between the Department of Culture Neukölln and Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V.. This event format is ideally and financially supported by the STADT UND LAND Wohnbauten-Gesellschaft mbH.