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The shortlist for the August Sander Award 2022

The jury selected ten series of works from which the winner will emerge

[Cologne, 04-04-2022] The third call for the August Sander Prize 2022, donated by Ulla Bartenbach and Prof. Dr. Kurt Bartenbach, once again met with a great response. Die Photographische Sammlung/ SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne received over 100 submissions from international artists. The applications came from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom; beyond Europe, from China, Canada, and the United States.

After an engaging and dynamic discussion, the jury selected ten series of works from which the winner will emerge:

Aguilar Ixmucané (Guatemala/Namibia/Germany): „Even Friday’s Sun Sets“, 2019–2022

Thomas Boivin (France): „Place de la République“, 2021

Sebastian Bruno (GB): „Wales“, 2013–2021

Guoman Liao (China/Canada): „East Wind: West Wind“, 2020


Timo Matthies (Germany): „Future unwritten…”, seit 2020

Nelli Palomäki (Finland): „Speed of Dark“, 2019–2022

Sora Park (Korea/Germany): „Bei mir, Bei dir“, 2018–2022

Fabian Ritter (Germany): „Die langen Tage von Hanau“, 2020–2021

Joscha Steffens (Germany): „M IY Rage“, 2021

Kristina Varaksin (GB): The Essence of Beauty, 2019–2022

"The series selected for the shortlist are characterized by a great thematic diversity and a high aesthetic quality. Personal life contexts as well as contemporary political issues are addressed, fundamental reflections on physicality, identity and society are realized by means of the photographic portrait and in serial conception and find individual artistic expression," said the selection committee, consisting of Dr. Roland Augustin (Saarlandmuseum/Moderne Galerie, Saarbrücken), Dr. Anja Bartenbach (donor family, Cologne), Gabriele Conrath-Scholl (Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne), Albrecht Fuchs (artist, Cologne), Prof. Dr. Ursula Frohne (Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster).

The third August Sander Award winner and the date of the award ceremony will be announced at the end of April 2022.

The August Sander Award, which is awarded every two years, is associated with the idea of promoting young contemporary artistic approaches in the sense of factual-conceptual photography. The naming of the prize is explained by the fact that Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur owns the world's largest collection of original works by August Sander (1876-1964) in the form of the August Sander Archive. Against the backdrop of August Sander's important portrait photographs, applicants should focus primarily on the theme of the human portrait.