Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021

Lamin Fofana. Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff. Sandra Mujinga. Sung Tieu

Preview as part of Berlin Art Week on 15 SEP from 8pm with pre-booked time slot ticket.

Nationalgalerie announces the shortlist for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021: Lamin Fofana, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Sandra Mujinga and Sung Tieu. A first jury has nominated Lamin Fofana, Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Sandra Mujinga and Sung Tieu for the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021. An exhibition of the nominated artists' work will take place at Hamburger Bahnhof—Museum für Gegenwart—Berlin from 16 SEP 2021 until 27 FEB 2022.

The jury members, Adam Budak (Director, Kestner Gesellschaft, Hanover), Andrea Lissoni (Artistic Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich), Zoé Whitley (Director, Chisenhale Gallery, London) and Franciska Zólyom (Director and Curator, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig), selected the nominees from a longlist of 77 suggestions made by around 25 curators and theoreticians, as well as the curators at the Nationalgalerie and members of the Freunde der Nationalgalerie. They explained their decision as follows:

Lamin Fofana
(lives in Berlin)

Lamin Fofana’s experience of moving between Africa, North America, and Europe is palpable in his experimental approach to creating sonic environments. Crucial in the context of this production is an engagement with historical forms of Black activism and critical thought, including the writing of Amiri Baraka, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Sylvia Wynter. Yet his work expands beyond the act of translation to create a space for shared experience and heightened awareness. In doing so, he proposes an active and open practice of listening, a skill which represents an essential precondition for coexistence.


Calla Henkel und Max Pitegoff
(born 1988 in Minneapolis, USA/born 1987 in Buffalo, USA; both live in Berlin)

Over the course of the past ten years, the work of Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff has been both a documentation of and a catalyst for socio-urban changes within the context of Berlin and beyond. Against this backdrop, their practice, which has developed out of the tradition of documentary photography to encompass the nurturing of their own creative community, feels timely. Emerging from lived experience, their works pose crucial questions about what is to be shown and what is to be safeguarded, allowing a multitude of narratives to unfold around a shared setting.


Sandra Mujinga
(born 1989 in Goma, DR Congo, lives in Berlin and Oslo, Norway)

Operating with a freshness and energy, Sandra Mujinga finds images and spatial arrangements for transient worlds, which extend beyond an anthropocentric paradigm. Her engagement with a notion of place, both as exhibition space and as a wider social category, offers a commentary on settings and locations, particularly those that consider themselves liberal. By not only navigating a condition of inbetweenness, but also by reconfiguring it and sharing it with others in a variety of media, she questions established principles of presence and sculpture.


Sung Tieu
(born 1987 in Hai Duong, Vietnam, lives in Berlin)

By using a variety of artistic media including installation, sound, text, video and public interventions, Sung Tieu creates formally minimalistic and impressive environments that trigger immediate sensual and somatic experience. Starting out from an interest in psychoacoustics, her works depict how sound can be used as an invasive tool in order to manipulate individual and collective behaviour, beliefs, and desires. Informed by the conflicting mechanisms of care and control, and the unstable spatial and social relations that impact on life in diaspora, she investigates the diffusion of information and the movement of people, goods and commodities in a compelling manner.

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