Villa Romana 2009: New fellows start their fellowship in Florence
Deutsche Bank supports exhibition series of last year’s fellows
In February the Villa Romana Prize winning artists Olivier Foulon, Kalin Lindena, Benjamin Yavuzsoy, and Eske Schlüters will begin their ten-month stay at the artists’ house in Florence. The Villa Romana Prize has been awarded to outstanding young artists since 1905. They receive a grant and move into a residence cum studio in the artist’s residence in the Italian city. The Villa Romana Prize is not only the oldest German art prize, but also Deutsche Bank’s longest-standing cultural commitment.
In order to guarantee a selection process that is both precise and promising, the jury for the prize is changed every year. This year’s prizewinners were chosen by Susanne Titz, the director of the Museum Abteiberg Mönchengladbach, and Professor Eran Schaerf, a Berlin-based artist.
Oliver Foulon (born in1976 in Anderlech), who received the prestigious Young Belgian Painters Award in 2005, explores the question of using representation and reference systems for pictorial production. At the center of von Kalin Lindena’s (born in 1977 in Hanover) work is the ambivalence of citation and authenticity, which she expresses in her stage-like installations using various materials and media. She was awarded the Art Cologne’s Young Artists Prize in 2008 and several of her works are included in the Deutsche Bank Collection. Eske Schlüters (born in 1970 in Leer, East Frisia) processes texts and pictures by reciting visual and acoustic excerpts taken from existing film material. Like Eske Schlüters, Benjamin Yavuzsoy (born in 1980 in Bremen) studied at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Hamburg. Aside from producing text miniatures, Yavuzsoy also makes short video films, in which he himself is often an actor.
Parallel to the new prizewinners taking up residence at Villa Romana, an exhibition of the work of Dani Gal (born in 1977), one of last year’s Villa Romana fellows, opens at the Centre for Contemporary Art Luigi Pecci in Prato. Deutsche Bank is sponsoring the exhibition. The show, entitled “Seasonal Unrest,” follows in the footsteps of last year’s “Freisteller” exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim presenting works by all four Villa Romana prizewinners in Berlin.
In “Seasonal Unrest,” which is on view in Prato from February 1 to March 1, Dani Gal investigates the current conflict in the Gaza Strip. He shows the genesis of political confrontations and critically analyzes the function of language and the media in the conflict between Palestine and Israel against the background of his own history, among other things.
The show is a starting point of an exhibition series with Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci presenting the Villa Romana Fellows of 2008.
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Viale della Republica
I 277 - 59100 Prato
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