October 26, 2018

Hito Steyerl Wins 2019 Käthe Kollwitz Prize

BERLIN, GERMANY—The Akademie der Künste in Berlin has named artist Hito Steyerlthe winner of the 2019 Käthe Kollwitz Prize, which recognizes international multimedia artists based in Germany. The $13,600 prize will be presented to Steyerl in an award ceremony at the Akademie der Künste in February 2019. An exhibition and a publication on her work will also be organized by the institution.

Born in Munich in 1966, Steyerl is professor of experimental film and video and cofounder of the Research Center for Proxy Politics at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her works, which range from installations and sculpture to films and performative lectures that often question the role of the image in the digital age and explore the impact of globalization on our lives, have been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid.

Established in 1960, the Käthe Kollwitz Prize has been cofunded for the last twenty-six years by the German bank Kreissparkasse Köln. Previous recipients of the prize include Adrian Piper, Edmund Kuppel, Corinne Wasmuht, Douglas Gordon, and Mona Hatoum.

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