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Hannah-Höch-Förderpreis 2016

Tatjana Doll, born in Burgsteinfurt in 1970, has been given this year’s Hannah Höch Förderpreis for Painting with a purse of 20,000 euros.

Tatjana Doll’s large-scale paintings explore phenomena of mass culture. The motifs in her works include high-speed trains, freight containers,# weapons, Formula 1 cars, bank transfer slips, pictograms and street signs. In one series she has processed major works of art history.

The point of departure for the painting process are not the things themselves. The artist works from photographic depictions, transposing them in realistic manner by applying gloss paint to wall-size formats. Gloss has a tendency to flow uncontrolled and to form pools, bubbles and cloudiness, and the artist incorporates this in her composition with a crude, direct, rapid technique. Doll’s paintings are provocative. As interfaces between different systems of visualisation and ordering, they refer beyond questions of painting and art to social and political issues.

With the Hannah Höch Förderpreis, the State of Berlin recognises the artistic achievment of a Berlin-based artist to date and supports her professional development as she builds her career. The prize is awarded by the Cultural Affairs Department of the Berlin Senate at two-year intervals concurrently with the Hannah Höch Prize. It consists of the prize money, an exhibition with a catalogue, and a four-month grant to prepare. The selection is made by an independent jury composed of a respresentative of the Visual Arts Funding Commission of the Senate Chancellery and two unattached jurors appointed by the Cultural Affairs Department. This year’s jury was made up of Dr. Stefanie Heckmann, Head of the Fine Art Collection at the Berlinische Galerie, Birgit Effinger, Head of the Goldrausch project for women artists, and Dr. Wita Noack, Director of the Mies-van-der-Rohe-Haus in Berlin.

Cornelia Schleime will receive this year’s Hannah-Höch-Preis from the State of Berlin for her life’s work.

Trailer for the Hannah Höch-Prizes 2016