Preis der Nationalgalerie 2021: Shortlist


© Isabel O’Toole

Lamin Fofana, BLUES, Ausstellungsansicht Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College, New York, 2019 © Lamin Fofana

Lamin Fofana

(lives in Berlin)

Lamin Fofana’s experience of moving between Africa, North America, and Europe is palpable in his experimental approach to creating sonic environments. Crucial in the context of this production is an engagement with historical forms of Black activism and critical thought, including the writing of Amiri Baraka, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Sylvia Wynter. Yet his work expands beyond the act of translation to create a space for shared experience and heightened awareness. In doing so, he proposes an active and open practice of listening, a skill which represents an essential precondition for coexistence.


© Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff

Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff, Exterior Genthiner 40, 2020 © Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff / Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi

Calla Henkel und Max Pitegoff

(born 1988 in Minneapolis, USA/born 1987 in Buffalo, USA; both live in Berlin)

Over the course of the past ten years, the work of Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff has been both a documentation of and a catalyst for socio-urban changes within the context of Berlin and beyond. Against this backdrop, their practice, which has developed out of the tradition of documentary photography to encompass the nurturing of their own creative community, feels timely. Emerging from lived experience, their works pose crucial questions about what is to be shown and what is to be safeguarded, allowing a multitude of narratives to unfold around a shared setting.


© Sjur Einen Sævik

Sandra Mujinga, Ghosting, 2019, Installationsansicht Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen © Sandra Mujinga / Croy Nielsen, Vienna, The Approach, London / David Stjernholm

Sandra Mujinga

(born 1989 in Goma, DR Congo, lives in Berlin and Oslo, Norway)

Operating with a freshness and energy, Sandra Mujinga finds images and spatial arrangements for transient worlds, which extend beyond an anthropocentric paradigm. Her engagement with a notion of place, both as exhibition space and as a wider social category, offers a commentary on settings and locations, particularly those that consider themselves liberal. By not only navigating a condition of inbetweenness, but also by reconfiguring it and sharing it with others in a variety of media, she questions established principles of presence and sculpture.


© Diana Phammatter

Sung Tieu, No Gods, No Masters, 2017, HD-Video und 4-Kanal-Ton, Dauer: 00:19:13 min, Filmstill © Sung Tieu / Emalin, London and Sfeir-Semler, Hamburg & Beirut

Sung Tieu

(born 1987 in Hai Duong, Vietnam, lives in Berlin)

By using a variety of artistic media including installation, sound, text, video and public interventions, Sung Tieu creates formally minimalistic and impressive environments that trigger immediate sensual and somatic experience. Starting out from an interest in psychoacoustics, her works depict how sound can be used as an invasive tool in order to manipulate individual and collective behaviour, beliefs, and desires. Informed by the conflicting mechanisms of care and control, and the unstable spatial and social relations that impact on life in diaspora, she investigates the diffusion of information and the movement of people, goods and commodities in a compelling manner.