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Award + Group Exhibition

»Vonovia Award für Fotografie 2021/22«

Winners 2021:

Julia Autz (1st prize) | Karina-Sirkku Kurz (2nd prize) | Jana Sophia Nolle (3rd prize) | Sarah Grethe (young talent award)

At the virtual presentation of the VONOVIA AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY 2021 in Hamburg, the winners were honored in 2021: Julia Autz (1st prize), Karina-Sirkku Kurz (2nd prize) and Jana Sophia Nolle (3rd prize) won in the category » Best photo series «. Sarah Grethe is this year’s winner of the young talent award. For the first time in the history of the VONOVIA AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, all of the lavish prizes go exclusively to women photographers. Your work will be recognized by the expert jury in particular for the fact that it reinterprets the topic of HOME in a new and contemporary way with complex narrative styles. Important questions of our society today – such as the behavior of adolescents in a repressive system (Julia Autz), the self-optimization of one’s own body (Karina-Sirkku Kurz) and the relationship between rich and poor (Jana Sophia Nolle) – are the focus of her photographic explorations . The search for clues in one’s own family and the topic of culture of remembrance (Sarah Grethe) are also examined.

The VONOVIA AWARD FOR PHOTOGRAPHY was announced for the fifth time on the theme of HOME / ZUHAUSE. Launched in 2017, the award comprises three main prizes in the category “Best Photo Series” and a Young Photographer Award for photographers under 26 years of age. The award is endowed with prize money of 42,000 euros and is awarded annually.

Best photo series 2021 / 1st prize:
Julia Autz
»While I was waiting«

In her award-winning photo series “While I was waiting”, Julia Autz shows the dreams and longings of a young generation in Belarus, who are looking for their way between departure and repression.

2nd prize:
Karina-Sirkku Kurz

The photo series “SUPERNATURE” by Karina-Sirkku Kurz examines the questions of how we perceive our own body as a home and what artificial manipulations and optimizations it is subject to.

3rd prize:
Jana Sophia Nolle
»Living Room, San Francisco & Berlin«

The long-term artistic project “Living Room” by Jana Sophia Nolle includes research and photographic installations in San Francisco and Berlin, which contrasts the subject of wealth in the form of upper-class apartments with the precarious situation of homeless people.

Best young talent 2021:
Sarah Grethe
»Sometimes the sky is open above us.«

Sarah Grethe accompanies her mother to the home of her childhood, a farm in southern Germany, and creates a playful look back into memories that come back to life at the scene of the event with intensive images from the photo series “Sometimes the sky is open above us.” („Manchmal ist der Himmel über uns offen.“).

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Framework program

Thursday, Jan 27, 2022, 7 – 9 pm
Opening Reception
Registration required. The 2G+ rule applies.
Welcome: Johannes Sturm, Leiter der Landesvertretung Niedersachsen
Greeting: Rolf Buch, Vorstandsvorsitzender Vonovia
Talk: Dr. Reinhard Spieler, Director Sprengel Museum Hannover, in conversation with the award winners Julia Autz, Karina-Sirkku Kurz, Jana Sophia Nolle and Sarah Grethe.

The event will also be broadcast live on the YouTube channel of Landesvertretung Niedersachsen:

Guided Tours
Held in German. Registration required. The 2G+ rule applies.
Saturday, Jan 29, 2022, 3 pm with Dr. Reinhard Spieler
Sunday, Feb 6 2022, 3 pm with Stefanie Sembill

Jan 28 — Feb 8, 2022
+ Framework program: please see above

Vonovia Award für Fotografie 2021/22
@ Landesvertretung Niedersachsen Berlin

In den Ministergärten 10, 10117 Berlin
[District: Mitte | Borough: Mitte]

Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10 am – 6 pm, Sat & Sun 12 – 5 pm

Admission free

+++ Please pay attention to the current Corona regulations of the respective gallery/institution. +++ Bitte beachten Sie die aktuellen Corona-Bestimmungen der jeweiligen Galerie/Institution.

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