Diana Sirianni (*1982 in Rome, Italy) and Katharina von Hagenow (*1986 in Herdecke, Germany) won the Artprize of the Leinemann-Foundation for Education and Fine Arts. It is awarded to young artists for the first time this week in cooperation with the association of friends of the University of Arts in Berlin, Europes biggest art school. Members of the jury were Britta Schmitz (Museum for Contemporary Art – Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin), Mark Gisbourne (Independent Curator, Berlin) und Kerstin Cmelka (University of Arts, Berlin). The jury elected Diana Sirianni and Katharina von Hagenow out of 85 applications.
All 15 nominees of the Artprize are included in the huge group exhibition Kunst&Konstrukt (Art&Construct) at WESTRAUM in Berlin. The nominated artists are: Bastian Beyer, Musquiqui Chihying, Andreas Greiner, Katharina von Hagenow, Marc von der Hocht, Markus Hoffmann, Lucia Kempkes, Jeewi Lee, Mileta&Arhelger, Stini Röhrs, Idan Sher, Diana Sirianni, Sprenger&Williams, Julia Lia Walter Sarah Wohler. A catalogue was published on the occasion of the exhibition.
Diana Sirianni’s work Villa Farnesina, part of the Neubarock- cycle, is dedicated to the relation between the original artpiece and its numerous copies, representations and imitations. The Roman artist understands the Baroque not as a historical period but rather as a cultural strategy of appropriation and multiplication. Her work consists of a process of reproduction and reconfiguration of architecture through digital manipulation. The spatial collage, that appears like a frozen stream of data material, is the result of digital processing of former exhibition spaces, each of them layering above the other. Photographs, canvases, colored paper, small pieces of wood, silicon or metal are arranged in her three-dimensional collage, which describes the reproduction of the former room. “It is a very poetical work, in which the different layers of time and space are woven into each other in a very intelligent way“, a member of the jury stated.
Katharina von Hagenow searches for her ancestors’ place with her work 5151 (Haus Etzweiler). Like many others their farm house named Etzweiler was destroyed by coal mining. It only exists as an image on a postcard. Katharina von Hagenow screens pictures of the landscape in its recent state on the backside of this postcard. The pictures show a devastated and ragged environment, the former rural idyll is destroyed by mining. „The old-fashioned slide-projector somehow resembles an shovel excavator”, a member of the jury says. Content and form are connected with each other as well as the historical layers of this piece of art, linked to the indivudal history of the artist.
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