FIA Announces ars viva Prize Partnership

Fogo Island Arts (FIA) announces a special partnership with Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V. (Association of Arts and Culture of the German Economy at the Federation of German Industries) to offer the 2017 recipients of the prestigious ars viva Prize for Visual Arts a residency on Fogo Island.

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Jan Paul Evers, photo: Stefan Braunbarth. Jumana Manna, photo: Michel Koczy. Leon Kahane, photo: Heike-Karin Foell.

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 ten finalists from 51 nominated artists. The winners of the 2017 ars viva Prize are Jan Paul Evers, Leon Kahane, and Jumana Manna.

The prize includes two exhibitions at renowned art institutions in Germany, 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 first 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 jury, chaired by Ulrich Sauerwein, consisted of the members of the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft Board for Visual Arts as well as Kulturkreis staff members Mathilda Legemah and Franziska Rieger; curators Annegret Laabs (Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen, Magdeburg) and Moritz Wesseler (Kölnischer Kunstverein); and Zita Cobb, Founder and CEO of the Shorefast Foundation. Nicolaus Schafhausen served as expert adviser to the jury.

Jan Paul Evers (1982) makes use of analogue production and processing techniques in photography. By means of different development processes he creates new works from existing sources, as well as from his own photographic material. Leon Kahane’s (1985) video works, photographs and installations address topics such as migration, identity and debates around majorities and minorities within a globalized society. The video and sculptures of Jumana Manna (1987) deal with socio-political questions, power structures and the construction of identity.

All three artists will present their work as part of the ars viva exhibition, opening October 8, 2016 at Kunstmuseum Kloster Unser Lieben Frauen in Magdeburg, followed by a second exhibition at Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, in 2017. The artists’ Fogo Island Arts residencies will take place in 2017.