2021/11/04: Finkenwerder Art Prize - New Partnership Makes Possible Two Generous Prizes
Renée Green is the recipient of the 2022 Finkenwerder Art Prize Frieda Toranzo Jaeger is the recipient of the 2022 Finkenwerder Prize for Young Talent from the HFBK Hamburg
The Finkenwerder Art Prize, initiated in 1999 by Kulturkreis Finkenwerder e.V., has partnered with the Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg to foster young talent. Starting in 2022, the university will host an exhibition featuring the prize winners in its new studio building on Lerchenfeld.
After ten well-known artists were each awarded the Finkenwerder Art Prize, including Georges Adéagbo, Candida Höfer, and Daniel Richter, now a separate prize will be awarded in partnership with the HFBK Hamburg in addition to the main prize of 20,000 euros. The new prize is endowed with 10,000 euros and will be awarded to graduates of the HFBK Hamburg. Airbus Operations GmbH is contributing a total of 50,000 euros to finance the prizes as well as the exhibition and publication. A jury of experts, appointed each year by a board of trustees, will make nominations and select the most deserving candidates.
The jury for the 2022 prizes included Thomas Demand, Simon Denny, Martin Köttering, Bettina Steinbrügge, and Jorinde Voigt. At their meeting on 7 July 2021, the jury unanimously selected Renée Green as the recipient of the main prize and Frieda Toranzo Jaeger as the winner of the prize for young talent. Both will be honored in an award ceremony and featured in two parallel solo exhibitions in the new gallery spaces at the HFBK Hamburg in early summer 2022.
With Renée Green (*1959) the jury has chosen an internationally renowned artist who has been known for her complex conceptual installations since the early 1990s. On her travels, Green collects experiences, stories, and knowledge in various places and creates lively connections between them. Spoken and written language—documentary, poetic, fictional—is expressed in textiles, paintings, documents, notes, photographs, books, audio works, and videos. Meanings become fluid and knowledge is questioned. In the selection process, the jury highlighted the enriching and currently relevant potential of Renée Green’s works, whose diverse themes range from music to pop culture, site-specificity, architecture, film, literature, migration, legacies of displacement, as well as feminism. Inevitable Distances, a comprehensive survey of Renée Green’s practice is simultaneously on view at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and daadgalerie in Berlin.
Frieda Toranzo Jaeger (*1988, MFA in 2019 under Prof. Jutta Koether) combines painting installations with borrowings from traditional Mexican textiles and performance in order to explore ideas about hybridity, sexuality, and autonomy. In her work, painting is literally decentered and presented as a faded illusion of authorship and control. The jury was won over by Jaeger’s well-conceived interlinking of different cultures and their systems of signs. The artist’s works have been featured in prominent solo exhibitions, most recently at the Baltimore Museum of Art (2021) and Galerie Barbara Weiss in Berlin (2019).
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