KVOST presents Larisa Sitar as this year’s recipient of the KVOST Scholarship and the Claus Michaletz Prize 2023, endowed with 10,000 euros. The artist was selected from 174 applications.
Img. above: Larisa Sitar © KVOST
This year the jury consisted of Nadine Barth (author and curator with focus on photography), Karen Boros (Boros Collection and VIP Relation Art Basel) furthermore Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher (curator:inside team with focus on Eastern and Southeastern Europe), Dr. Silke Manske and Corinna Reuter (Secco Pontanova Foundation) and Stephan Koal (curator and director of the Kunstverein).
Larisa Sitar was born in 1984 in Baia Mare, Romania and lives in Bucharest. In her sculptures and bas-reliefs, Sitar explores interfaces between art and architecture, focusing in particular on ornamentation as a socio-political statement. In doing so, she combines time-honored analog with digital techniques to evoke specific cultural associations. In an exploration of how historical and social contexts are reflected in design elements, Sitar’s works form an interplay of past and present. In this way, they invite us to encounter familiar and familiar surroundings in a different way.
In addition to the KVOST scholarship – an artist residency in Berlin followed by a solo exhibition during Berlin Art Week 2023 at KVOST – Larisa Sitar will receive the Claus Michaletz Prize, endowed with 10,000 euros. In memory of the publisher and founder of the Secco Pontanova Foundation, the prize has been awarded to artists from Eastern Europe since 2020. The full amount of the prize money is at the free disposal of the scholarship holders.
Together with the already established KVOST scholarship, the Claus Michaletz Prize enables further, sustainable support for the artists.
KVOST – the Kunstverein Ost promotes artists who come from Eastern and Central Europe or whose life and work have been shaped by the experience of the former Eastern Bloc.
Claus Michaletz Prize & KVOST Scholarship
Prize money: 10.000 Euro
Laureate + recipient of the KVOST scholarship 2023: Larisa Sitar
Exhibition + award ceremony: September 2023
Leipziger Straße 47