Iranian artist Farkhondeh Shahroudi (b. 1962, Teheran) will be awarded the Hannah Höch Förderpreis (Advancement Award) in 2022. With the prize, she will present a solo show at the Kuperstichkabinett (Museum of Prints and Drawings) – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin that runs in parallel with the exhibition for Ruth Wolf-Rehfeldt in conjunction with her receiving the Hannah Höch Prize in 2022.
Shahroudi’s work, in which drawings, poems and language form an essential part, is as poetic as it is political. The line from which she forms signs and words– regardless of their respective language –also makes a leap to become the thread binding together her sculptures sewn out of fabric fragments. Three-dimensional collages, as well as works in the public space and performances, complement Shahroudi’s graphic and poetic oeuvre. Its richness and complexity impressed the jury and persuaded its members to award the Hannah Höch Förderpreis, 2022 to the artist, who has been living in Berlin for many years.
Shahroudi’s exhibition includes paper and fabric books melding word and image, along with drawings and sculptures. In addition to a series of drawings dedicated to Max Beckmann, a language chain suspended from the ceiling and Seed Bombs filled with flower seeds will also be on display. Shahroudi’s rich oeuvre encourages not only using the Kupferstichkabinett’s exhibition space but also occupying the niches of the Kulturforum.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, the first comprehensive compilation of Shahroudi’s oeuvre. A reading of the artist’s poems is also planned.
With the Hannah Höch Förderpreis, the state of Berlin recognises the prior work of a woman artist from Berlin and supports her artistic development mid-career. The prize is awarded biannually by the Berlin Senate Department of Culture. This advancement award is endowed with 10,000 euros and includes an exhibition accompanied by a publication. The selection is made by an independent jury consisting of one member of the Berlin Senate Department of Culture’s Visual Arts Funding Commission and two independent members appointed by the Department of Culture. This year’s jury consisted of Jenny Grazer (Kuperferstichkabinett), Willem de Rooij (artist and professor at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main) and Hilke Wagner (director of the Albertinum, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden)
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