Kubus. Sparda Art Prize 2019
Sinje Dillenkofer – Peter Granser – Annette Kelm – Armin Linke
In 2019, the “Kubus. Sparda Art Prize” was dedicated to the theme of “artistic photography.” The four artists Sinje Dillenkofer, Peter Granser, Annette Kelm, and Armin Linke, who had been nominated, illuminate the subject of image and representation from completely different perspectives and put it up for discussion. Armin Linke won over the jury, the public-choice award went to Peter Granser.
The fissures between reality and staged situations refer to what is not visible — something that is perceptible via the unique visual language of photography. Begun in 2009, Dillenkofer’s ongoing series “Cases” deals with strategies of being present and absent. The photographs depict empty receptacles that, shot close-up, recall abstract paintings.
Peter Granser (*1971 Hannover, DE; lives in Stuttgart, DE) has, following his artist-in-residence sojourns in Japan, dealt with the connection between contemporary art and Japanese tea. His installation “Zwischen/Raum” (Between/Space) represents a continuation of the project space ITO, founded in Stuttgart in 2015. The contemplative tea ceremony shifts the beholder’s attention to art and generates an awareness of time and emptiness.
Granser’s series “Heaven in Clouds” (2009 –2014), addresses the impact of urbanization on man and nature. The ambivalent relationship between the promise of happiness via rapidly expanding big cities and the simultaneous destruction of our environment is reflected in the dialogue between abstract and documentary photographs.
On closer inspection, however, the arrangements coalesce into narratives. Imaginative props mingle among her subjects and reference subjective, mythological connections. The relationship between reality and representation thus remains open and draws the attention to seeing itself.
Armin Linke (*1966 Milan, IT; lives in Berlin, DE, and Milan, IT) is a photographer and filmmaker. He was professor for photography at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe and a research affiliate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among other academic posts. For over twenty years, he has explored the inscription of politics, culture, and technology in our natural and urban surroundings.
Today, his picture archive includes 500,000 images produced around the world. It constitutes the source of his research on different forms of photographic representation and its interweaving of history and collective pictorial memory. In the exhibition, Linke offers insight into his new, long-term project “Image Capital,” developed in collaboration with the photo historian Estelle Blaschke.