Hito Steyerl receives the Käthe Kollwitz Prize 2019 from the Akademie der Künste in recognition of an international artist with a special interest in media, technology and the dissemination of images.
Image above: Hito Steyerl, Photo © Trevor Paglen, Courtesy the artist/Esther Schipper, Berlin/Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Hito Steyerl’s work comprises texts, performances, multimedia installations and essayistic documentaries in which she deals with postcolonial criticism, feminist logic of representation and the influences of globalisation on the financial, labour and commodity markets. According to the jury, Hito Steyerl succeeds more than almost any other visual artist in combining physical, visual and intellectual information in one work in a provocative and perceptive way. In their choice, the jurors emphasized “that Hito Steyerl reacts to the influence of digital information and digital life with her montages of computer animations, mass media, and self-made scenes, and that her work draws attention to current political, social, and social processes”.
The award, worth 12.000 euros, will be presented in Berlin on February 20th, 2019. On the occasion of the award ceremony, the Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste) will present an exhibition of selected works by Hito Steyerl at Pariser Platz.
Hito Steyerl (born 1966 in Munich) is professor for experimental film and video and co-founder of the Research Center for Proxy Politics at the Berlin University of the Arts. She studied cinematography and documentary film direction in Tokyo and Munich. In 2003 she completed her doctorate in philosophy at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Her works have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. In addition to her work as an artist, she has worked at the Center for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College in London and as a visiting professor at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, and the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. The Royal College of Art, London, awarded her the title “Honorary Doctorate” in 2016.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication.
With the kind support of the Kreissparkasse Köln, sponsor of the Käthe Kollwitz Museum Cologne.
Thursday, Februar 21st – Sunday, April 14th, 2019
Tue–Sun 11 am – 7 pm, Admission EUR 5/3
until 18 years and Tuesdays from 3 to 7 pm admission free
Award ceremony and exhibition opening:
Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, 7 pm, free admission
Laudatio: Florian Ebner
Academy of Arts (Akademie der Künste), Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin-Mitte