Annually since 1953 the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft awards  young artistis with the famous ars viva price of Visual Arts.

Winners ars viva 2019 © the artists

This year, the ars viva Prize for visual art has been awarded to Niko Abramidis & NE (*1987), Cana Bilir-Meier (*1986), and Keto Logua (*1988).

The prize includes two exhibitions in KAI 10 | ARTHENA FOUNDATION and Kunstmuseum Bern and an arts residency on Fogo Island (Canada). In addition to a stipend of 5,000 Euro each the Kulturkreis will produce a bilingual catalog published by Kerber Verlag.

Niko Abramidis & NE’s (*1987, Munich) work reflects on power structures, future utopias, and global urban development. Beginning with sketches made in a notebook or on a cell phone, he produces peculiar parallel worlds: spatial installations that resemble office rooms, playing with traditional symbols of power, a fictional corporate identity, and images of the city. His drawings, objects, and digital prints are characterised by a subversive sense of humor and diverse references, for example to science fiction, philosophy, and economics.

Cana Bilir-Meier’s (*1986, Munich) film and sound works centre on materials from her family’s archive. Starting with episodes from her own family history, the artist, a grandchild of Turkish immigrants, approaches universal narratives and collective memories. Of central importance to the work is the process of sifting through materials like image and sound recordings, letters, newspaper articles, and documents. Revealing how such materials are evaluated and contextualized gives rise to a distinct artistic language and perspective.

Keto Logua’s (1988, Sochumi) sculptures and films often refer to natural phenomena and socio-cultural issues. The artist takes a critical and conceptual approach to found and constructed objects, submitting them to processes of compression and transformation. Examples of this include a 3D print of the world’s first flower, which was reconstructed by a team of scientists last year, or a large sculpture made from elements of a beehive. In another work, Logua designs survival scenarios using everyday objects, thus calling into question the relationship between fiction and reality.

S.M.A.K Gent ars viva. Exhibition Anna-Sophie Berger, Oscar Enberg, Zac Langdon-Pole © S.M.A.K Gent
Zac Langdon-Pole "Assimiliation Study", installation view: ARS VIVA 2018, S.M.A.K. Gent 2018 © Dirk Pauwels
ARS VIVA 2018, Zac Langdon-Pole, installation view: S.M.A.K. Gent 2018 © Dirk Pauwels
ARS VIVA 2018, Zac Langdon-Pole, installation view: S.M.A.K. Gent 2018 © Dirk Pauwels
ARS VIVA 2018, Anna-Sophie Berger, installation view: S.M.A.K. Gent 2018 © Dirk Pauwels
ARS VIVA 2018, Anna-Sophie Berger, installation view: S.M.A.K. Gent 2018 © Dirk Pauwels
Anna-Sophie Berger "Complicit 1 ", installation view: ARS VIVA 2018, S.M.A.K. Gent 2018 © Dirk Pauwels
Oscar Enberg "Red Beryl and crocodile, Opal (Irrational Exuberance in the White Man's Hole)", installation view: ARS VIVA 2018, S.M.A.K. Gent 2018 © Dirk Pauwels
ARS VIVA 2018, Oscar Enberg, installation view: S.M.A.K. Gent 2018 © Dirk Pauwels
ARS VIVA 2018, Oscar Enberg, installation view: S.M.A.K. Gent 2018 © Dirk Pauwels

S.M.A.K.
Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst in Gent

10 February- 13 May 2018
Opening 9 February 2018, 8 pm

Anna-Sophie Berger "Keeping Things", installation view: Kunstverein München 2017 © The artists and Kunstverein München e.V.
Oscar Enberg "table d’hôte or Soldier with Whore", installation view: Kunstverein München 2017 © The artist and Kunstverein München e.V.
Zac Langdon-Pole "Assimilation Study", installation view: ARS VIVA 2018, Kunstverein München 2017 © The artist and Kunstverein München e.V.
Zac Langdon-Pole "Punctatum (longcase clock)", installation view: ARS VIVA 2018, Kunstverein München 2017 © The artist and Kunstverein München e.V.
Kunstverein München: exhibition ARS VIVA 2018 Anna Sophie Berger, Oscar Enberg, Zac Langdon-Pole © Kunstverein München
Kunstverein München: <i> ars viva <i/> Ausstellung 2018 Anna Sophie Berger, Oscar Enberg, Zac Langdon-Pole © Kunstverein München