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award highlights the ghostly art of Sandra Mujinga | Arts | DW

This year, the Preis der Nationalgalerie (National Gallery Prize), Germany’s most prestigious contemporary art prize, has been awarded to artist Sandra Mujinga, who lives in Berlin and Oslo.

The jury chose Mujinga, born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “after intense discussions,” they said at the award ceremony held Thursday at the Hamburger Bahnhof, a contemporary art museum in Berlin.

The artist’s work features ghostly figures made of interwoven lengths of fabric that appear to float through the exhibition spaces of the Hamburger Bahnhof. Mujinga shows “great sensitivity for the materials used,” said the jury.

From a “future past”

Mujinga succeeds in uniting contradictory experiences in his figures, argued the jury, creating “an opening that creates space for his own imagination”.

The jury for the German Contemporary Art Prize said the sculptures give the impression of being from a future past. “They remind us that we must be mindful of other creatures for our survival and that we can learn strategies from them to adapt to an ever-changing environment,” the jury wrote.

Mujinga’s works, described by the jury as “arrangements for transitory worlds”

Mujinga’s work, along with the work of the other nominees, is on display at Hamburger Bahnhof until February 27.

Personal exhibition next year

The prize has been awarded every two years since 2000 to contemporary artists under the age of 40 who reflect the internationality of the art scene in Germany.

There is no prize money, but since 2013, the winner’s works are presented in a solo exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof the following year.

The previous winners are Anne Imhof and Monica Bonvicini. The “recipients and nominees have since been among the defining protagonists of contemporary art,” says the award’s website.

This article was translated from German.

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