Marta Djourina, Portrait © Luis Bortt – KUNZTEN 2.
The photo artist Marta Djourina was already awarded the Eberhard Roters Scholarship for Young Art in 2020. The award ceremony was cancelled last year due to the pandemic and will now be held on 21 September 2021 (7 pm) at the Berlinische Galerie. The accompanying exhibition will be on view in the Auditorium of the Berlinische Galerie from 22.09.2021 to 27.09.2021.
The scholarship was first awarded in 2000 by the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung in honour of the founder of the Berlinische Galerie, Eberhard Roters (1929-1994). It serves to promote contemporary young visual arts in Germany and is awarded by the foundation in cooperation with the museum. The scholarship is endowed with a total of 15,500 EUR. The award includes a one-year scholarship for the artist and the purchase of one of her works for the Berlinische Galerie.
Die Jury begründet ihre Entscheidung wie folgt: „Marta Djourina wurde 1991 in Sofia, Bulgarien geboren. Sie lebt und arbeitet in Berlin, wo sie zwischen 2009 und 2014 Kunstgeschichte und Kunsttheorie an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin und
The jury justifies its decision as follows: “Marta Djourina was born in 1991 in Sofia, Bulgaria. She lives and works in Berlin, where she studied art history and art theory at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Technische Universität Berlin between 2009 and 2014. From 2012 to 2018, the young artist studied at the Berlin University of the Arts, where she successfully completed her art studies as a master student in summer 2018.
In her work, Marta Djourina focuses specifically on the exploration of analogue photographic paper in the photo lab. Her skills in the medium of photography and experimental photography encompass a broad range of craftsmanship in terms of technically-perfect making as well as precise and conceptual thinking.
In recent years, the artist has developed a highly independent position. She asks questions about the subjects in the picture and about their conditions in experimental photography.
Djourina is an alert and vital artist of her generation. The sensitive and intelligent questioning and examination of the appearance of digital and analogue media seems immanent. Contemporary questions of surface and depth, original and copy, colour, light and medium, materiality and the loss of the same are explored here in an intelligent, playful and highly concentrated way.”
The jury includes the director of the Berlinische Galerie Dr. Thomas Köhler, the director of the Kunsthaus Dahlem Dr. Dorothea Schöne, the professor at the Institute of Art at the University of the Arts Prof. Christine Streuli and, in an advisory capacity, the director of the Galerie Sprüth Magers Berlin Franziska von Hasselbach.
Marta Djourina, born in Sofia in 1991, lives and works in Berlin. She studied at three Berlin universities: Djourina started at Humboldt University with Art and Image History and Cultural Studies, continued her studies with a Master’s degree in Art History and Art Technology at Technische Universität and graduated in Fine Arts at Berlin University of the Arts in 2018. Djourina is a DAAD scholarship holder (German Academic Exchange Service) and studied at the Glasgow School of Art for one semester in 2015. Her work has been exhibited in Sweden (3:e Våningen), Austria (Christine König Galerie), Norway (Galerie Fisk), Italy (The Others Art Fair), Switzerland (CAN – Neuchâtel Contemporary Art Center), Germany (Dorothea-Konwiarz Stiftung, St. Marienkirche Frankfurt Oder, LAGE EGAL, Galerie FeldbuschWiesnerRudolph) and Bulgaria (Goethe-Institut, Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art, Sofia City Art Gallery), among others. In 2016, Djourina won the recognition prize at the annual photography competition organised by IBB (Investmentbank Berlin) in cooperation with the Karl Hofer Society. In 2018, she was a scholarship holder of the Dorothea Konwiarz Foundation and the Karl Hofer Society. In 2020, Djourina received the Eberhard Rothers Scholarship from the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung in cooperation with the Berlinische Galerie. This was followed in 2021 by the BAZA Award for Contemporary Art from the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia and the Edmond Demirdjian Foundation in cooperation with The Foundation for a Civil Society, New York and the YVAA – The Young Visual Artists Awards international network. The Baza Award will enable Djourina to undertake a two-month residency in New York, in addition to a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia. In 2020/21, Marta Djourina will be awarded the Eberhard Roters Scholarship for Young Art of the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung.
The Eberhard Roters Scholarship for Young Art has been awarded since 2000 by the Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung.