|Jan Paul Evers, Leon Kahane, Jumana Mannaars viva 2017|
Edited by Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft im BDI e. V.
Texts by Burcu Dogramaci, Zita Cobb and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Florian Ebner, Annegret Laabs, Anna Prizkau, Moritz Wesseler, Tirdad Zolghadr
The ars viva Prize has been awarded annually since 1953 to young artists living in Germany whose work stands out for its innovative potential and high artistic quality. The recipients of this year’s prize are Jan Paul Evers, Leon Kahane, and Jumana Manna.
In the work of Jan Paul Evers, both preexisting and original motifs serve as the basis for black-and-white photographs made using a combination of digital and analog processes. The images have a visual effect that transcends the boundary between painting and photography, while reflecting on the reproducibility of the medium itself. In his videos, photographs, and installations, Leon Kahane addresses economic migration and the construction of territorial borders. The politics of his images takes in medial upheaval and global developments. In her video and sculptural work, Jumana Manna develops narratives that can be read as “possible histories.” These histories, along with archaeological discoveries, interrogate the concept of national cultural heritage.
Design by Oliver Klimpel, Till Sperrle