ars viva Prize


Fogo Island Arts will offer the 2018 recipients of the prestigious ars viva Prize for Visual Arts a residency on Fogo Island as part of a special partnership, now in its second year, with Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V. (Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries).

The ars viva Prize is awarded annually to young artists living in Germany whose work is distinguished by a high level of artistic quality and a contemporary outlook. This year, the jury selected 14 finalists from 57 nominated artists. The winners of the 2018 ars viva Prize are Anna-Sophie Berger (1989), Oscar Enberg (1988) and Zac Langdon-Pole (1988).

The prize includes two exhibitions at renowned art institutions in Europe, a financial award of 5,000 Euros each, the production of an artist’s edition, and a bilingual catalogue to be published by Sternberg Press. For the second time since the prize’s inception in 1953, recipients will also have the opportunity to spend a month on Fogo Island as part of Fogo Island Arts’ residency program.

“The ars viva award is one of Germany’s most distinguished honours in visual arts,” said Nicolaus Schafhausen, Strategic Director of Fogo Island Arts and Director, Kunsthalle Wien. “We’re delighted to welcome these exceptional young artists and offer them focused opportunities to work, reflect, and forge connections with the unique culture and community of Fogo Island through our residency program.”

In her current work, Anna-Sophie Berger deals with strategies of communication and questions the meaning of objects, their attributed values, and contextualization. Oscar Enberg’s sculptures are compilations of a wide variety of forms and materials that refer to film, literature, art, and society. Zac Langdon-Pole’s artistic works are based on stories and the emergence of historical narratives, which he examines with regard to knowledge, power structures, and value systems.

The jury, chaired by Ulrich Sauerwein, included members of the Kulturkreis’ Committee of Visual Arts, Kulturkeis staff, and curators Chris Fitzpatrick (Kunstverein München), Martin Germann (S.M.A.K.), Zita Cobb and Nicolaus Schafhausen (Shorefast Foundation/Fogo Island Arts), and Krist Gruijthuijsen (KW Institute for Contemporary Art).

On October 6, 2017, the ars viva Prize Winner Exhibition 2018 will open at the Kunstverein München. The second exhibition will take place in Spring 2018 at S.M.A.K., Gent. The artists’ Fogo Island Arts residencies will take place in 2018.

Left: Anna Sophie-Berger, photo: Klaus Pichler. Top right: Oscar Enberg, photo: Nick Ash. Bottom right: Zac Langdon-Pole, photo: Manon Revuelta.