Feb 4, 2021

Sajan Mani & Susann Maria Hempel have been awarded the »Berlin Art Prize«

Sajan Mani, »Alphabet of Touch >< Overstretched Bodies and Muted Howls for Songs«, solo show, 2020, NOME gallery, Berlin, photo by Billie Clarken, Courtesy of the artist.

Akademie Schloss Solitude is very happy for the concept artist Sajan Mani, who will be starting his fellowship in April 2021, and for the multimedia artist Susann Maria Hempel, who was a Solitude fellow from October 2015 to May 2016: They have been awarded this year’s »Berlin Art Prize – Jubilee Endowment 1848/1948«, endowed with 5.000 Euro each! Sajan receives the award in the visual arts section, Susann Maria in the film and media arts section.

The »Berlin Art Prize – Jubilee Endowment 1848/1948« was founded by the Berlin Senate in 1948 in memory of the March Revolution of 1848 and annually honors the artistic achievement of six artists in six sections represented in the Akademie der Künste Berlin, Germany. It has been awarded by the Akademie der Künste on behalf of the State of Berlin since 1971. This year’s award ceremony will take place on March 18.

Sajan Mani is an intersectional artist hailing from a family of rubber tappers in a remote village in the northern part of Kerala, South India. Sajan’s work voices the issues raised by the marginalized societies of India – with the help of the ›Black Dalit body‹ of the artist himself.

The repeatedly rewarded experimental filmmaker Susann Maria Hempel lives and works in Greiz. From 2001 to 2009, she studied media design at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany. Last year, her radio play »AUF DER SUCHE NACH DEN VERLORENEN SEELENATOMEN« has been selected as radio play of the year 2018.

More information about the Berlin Art Prize you can find on Akademie der Künste’s website: https://www.adk.de/en/press/press-releases.htm?we_objectID=62008