(born 1980 in Marseille, lives in Berlin)
After a lively discussion the jury awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie 2019 to Pauline Curnier Jardin for her work not only in the shortlist exhibition here at the Hamburger Bahnhof but for her practice in its entirety.
The jury grounded its decision on the Preis der Nationalgalerie’s spirit to support the development and encouragement of an artist’s work. The jury especially appreciates Pauline Curnier Jardin’s compelling and emersive filmic and installation work. Not unlike a delirious circus, her work provides an unsettling experience based on the confusion of our time.
In MAMAN MAMAN MAMAN Lucia Margarita Bauer tells an intensely personal story. In a playful way, she creates a documentary portrait and manages to include a surprisingly deep psychological level, in which the question of identity and alleged madness is constantly raised anew. Based on her grandmother’s personal history, she finds herself confronted with her own origins. She discovers the difficulties of life between an extended family, Alzheimer’s disease and the Second World War.
From mobile phone videos and letters, the family’s own photo collection, the family library and the Super 8 films of her grandmother, Lucia Margarita Bauer creates a fascinating, inspiring and associative montage and thereby develops her very own visual language. She convinced the jury with her sense of creativity and the combination of humour and tragedy, through which she captivates the audience. Light-footed and at the same time deeply serious, she succeeds in creating a shimmering and truthful portrait of a woman, a family, a time and a house.