Preis der Nationalgalerie 2017

Exhibition & artist talk

Words By Erika Clugston

Date: 29.09.17 – 14.01.18
 Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart
Artist talk:
12.10.17 at 19:00 in English

Four artists, one prize. Who will it be?! The Preis der Nationalgalerie is a prestigious biannual prize that is awarded to contemporary artists under the age of 40, resident and active in Germany who are – shall we say – kicking ass with their work. Essentially, the Preis der Nationalgalerie celebrates passionate, innovative artists with a strong individual perspective that is reflected in their art.

This year’s nominated artists are four women: Sol Calero, Iman Issa, Jumana Manna, and Agnieska Polska. The artists each create multimedia, intersectional art engaging with social and political ideas. Walk into a bright, tropical installation with the work of Sol Calero. Her colorful patterns are reminiscent of Henri Matisse and are playful walk-in paintings, immersing you in a tropical dreamscape of pale turquoise and bold reds that critique colonialism and cultural stereotypes. Iman Issa constructs orderly installations and alternative monuments that reconsider the politics of place. Agnieska Polska creates uncanny and dream like film, animation based works, and photography that question the construction of history within society. Jumana Manna’s films and sculptural installations make the personal political. She wields storytelling and satire as tools for resistance and critique. Though the artists styles range from conceptually tropical to uncanny and political, each artist’s portfolio is conceptually complex, unique, and visually arresting.

On October 20th, the wait is over. The winner will be selected by a second intersectional jury and awarded a solo exhibition with the Nationalgalerie in 2018 with an accompanying publication. And don’t miss the artist’s talk on October 12th to hear directly from the creatives themselves.