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»C/O Berlin Talent Award 2019:
Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques . Sub Rosa«

Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques

C/O Berlin is delighted to award this year‘s C/O Berlin Talent Award to French artist Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques and to present his work in a solo exhibition from 07 December 2019 to 29 February 2020. The opening of the show will take place on Friday, 06 December 2019, at 07:00 p.m. at C/O Berlin in the Amerika Haus at Hardenbergstrasse 22–24, 10623 Berlin.

The Arco de la Victoria is a triumphal arch in the northwest part of Madrid. It was built in the 1950s at the behest of Francisco Franco to commemorate his victory over Republican troops in the Spanish Civil War. The over 40-meter-high arch stands to this day as a symbol of Spanish fascism. Lying outside the usual tourist areas in the middle of a multi-lane traffic circle on highway A6, it has long been among the city’s forgotten monuments, and is now more a ruin than a historic landmark.

And like many of the city’s plazas and public squares, it is a meeting point for teenagers. In his most recent project, Sub Rosa (2017–2019), French artist Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques makes the arch the setting for his work. His large-scale videosound installation extends a documentary approach into the conceptual realm: Couzinet-Jacques’ extremely slow-motion video oscillates between moving and still images, between film and photography. Dispersed across a number of independently edited film tracks, Sub Rosa breaks with all semblance of linear narrative. In collaboration with the musician Matthias Puech a self-generative sound scapes was composed. The length of the video corresponds precisely to C/O Berlin’s hours, and thus blends into the real daily routine of the place. Every visitor to the exhibition will experience a different, individual sequence of the work.

The work centers around young people. They talk, laugh, stare off disinterestedly into the distance, smoke and skate, flirt, chat, and surf on their smartphones. They wear baseball caps and hoodies, t-shirts, sneakers, and socks bearing brand names like Adidas, Puma, and Nike. Close-ups of the teenagers are combined with images of the triumphal arch and the car and bus traffic around it in the red-orangeviolet glow of the setting sun. Couzinet-Jacques translates this everyday scene into an abstract picture of youth: extending his perspective beyond the young people of the Spanish capital, he portrays adolescence as a phase of inner turmoil, superficiality, narcissism, loneliness, and contradiction. At the same time, he unmasks this image as a commercial tool used by the world’s biggest fashion empires to market their products. By engaging with a specific social group, Sub Rosa creates an enlarged space for experience where photography expands into film, documentation into illusion, and distanced observation into the real experience.

Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques is the winner of the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2019. CouzinetJacques was also nominated last year and shortlisted for the C/O Berlin Talent Award 2018. His distinctive artistic signature and constant evolution are apparent again in his most recent work, Sub Rosa (2017–2019), which convinced the jury with its contemporary perspective, documentary visual language, and intelligent interplay of photography, video, and sound installation. CouzinetJacques will be recognized with an award in the amount of 7,000 euros and will be featured in the solo exhibition Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques . Sub Rosa at C/O Berlin. A catalog accompanying the exhibition will be published by Spector Books, Leipzig. It is edited by Kathrin Schönegg of the C/O Berlin Foundation and includes an essay by Mira Anneli Naß, the recipient of this year’s C/O Berlin Talent Award in the field of art criticism.

Sub Rosa (Videoinstallation (Screenshot), 2019 © Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques
Sub Rosa (Videoinstallation (Screenshot), 2019 © Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques
Sub Rosa (Videoinstallation (Screenshot), 2019 © Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques
Sub Rosa (Videoinstallation (Screenshot), 2019 © Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques

Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques (b. 1983, Sens, France) lives and works in Paris. He studied at the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Marseille, graduating in 2010, and the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, graduating in 2012. His works have been exhibited at Le BAL in Paris, Fotofestival Mannheim-HeidelbergLudwigshafen and Aperture Foundation in New York. In 2015, Couzinet-Jaques held a fellowship at the Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France in Paris, and from 2014–2016 he was artist-in-residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts program in Paris. In 2015, he was awarded the first Immersion Award by Fondation d’entreprise Hermès and Aperture Foundation. His first book, Eden (2006), was produced in collaboration with Fred Cave and published by Aperture. The project Sub Rosa was initiated during the artist residency (2017-2018) by Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques at the French Academy Casa de Velázquez in Madrid and was supported by the Centre National des arts plastiques and the Fondation des Artistes in 2019. Most recently, he was selected as a 2019 Foam Talent by the Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam.

Mira Anneli Naß (b. 1989 in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany) studied art history, literature, and theater studies in Munich and Florence, and the theory and history of photography at the Folkwang University of the Arts. She has been working as a research associate at the Institute of Art History and Aesthetic Theory at the University of Bremen since 2019. She is currently conducting research for her dissertation project dealing with artistic narratives of surveillance and power. Her recent publications include A Complete Negation of our Time. The Photo Book “Bäume” by Albert RengerPatzsch and Ernst Jünger in PhotoResearcher 31 (2019) and Krupp’sche Panoramen als Sichtbarkeitsdispositiv. Visuelle Strategien der Narration von (industrieller) Macht in kritische berichte 4 (2018). Mira Anneli Naß lives and works in Bremen.

C/O Berlin Talent Award
The C/O Berlin Foundation has supported the work of emerging photographers and art critics since 2006. To date, over 80 young talents have received support and been shared with a broad audience through exhibitions and publications. These include the photographers Stefanie Moshammer (2018) and Tobias Zielony (2017), as well as critics Andreas Prinzing (2018), Steffen Siegel (2009), and Florian Ebner (2006).

Framework program

Guided Tours: every Saturday & Sunday & holidays at 2 & 4 pm (in German), 6 pm (in English).
5 € plus admission fee. Duration ca. 60 min.

Saturday, Dec 7, 2019, 6 pm
Artist Talk
with artist Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques & art critic Mira Anneli Naß,
moderated by Kathrin Schönegg, Curator, C/O Berlin Foundation.
Held in English. Ticket 15/11 Euro (incl. exhibition).

Thursday, Feb 13, 2020, 7 pm & 7.30 pm
After Work Tour + Drink
Held in German. 17 € incl. exhibition, tour & drink.
End of the week at C/O Berlin: Get your weekend off to a relaxing start with an evening tour through our current shows and a cold drink! We will be keeping our exhibitions open into the early evening exclusively for you.

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2020, 6 pm
Curator’s Guided Tour with Kathrin Schönegg
Held in German. 15/11 € (incl. exhibition).
Unique, entertaining, and informative—experience the exhibition through the eyes of C/O Berlin curator Kathrin Schönegg. She will guide you through the exhibitions Christopher Williams »MODEL: Kochgeschirre, Kinder, Viet Nam (Angepasst zum Benutzen)« and C/O Berlin Talent Award . Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques . Sub Rosa.

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Simultaneous exhibitions at C/O Berlin:
»Love, Ren Hang«
Christopher Williams »MODEL: Kochgeschirre, Kinder, Viet Nam (Angepasst zum Benutzen)«
All 3 exhibitions are on view from Dec 7, 2019 — Feb 29, 2020.

C/O Berlin Foundation

Dec 7, 2019 — Feb 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Friday, Dec 6, 7 pm
Framework program: please see above


Amerika Haus, Hardenbergstraße 22-24, 10623 Berlin
[District: Charlottenburg | Borough: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf]

Opening hours: Daily 11 am – 8 pm

Admission: 10 € / reduced 6 € | Online Ticket

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