Exhibition Lichter Art Award
The LICHTER Art Award reaches video artists and filmmakers. The award and the corresponding exhibition have been a platform for contemporary video art since 2011. The five nominated artists' works will be exhibited in a curated exhibition on the premises of the LICHTER festival center.
The nominees and their works:
- Her Şey Yolunda/Everything is Fine, 2022, by Muhammet Beyazdağ
- Any Way, 2022, by Eva Claus
- Tales, 2022, by John Hussain Flindt
- Machines don't die, 2022, by Eunhee Lee
- SOY NIÑO/I’M A BOY, 2022, by Lorena Zilleruelo
21 April 2023
10:00 h, Festivalzentrum
|Country||Turkey, Belgium, France, South Korea, England|
|Language||Turkish, Kurdish, English, Japanese, Spanish, Korean|
HER ŞEY YOLUNDA/EVERYTHING IS FINE, 2022, 20 min, by Muhammet Beyazdağ
The short documentary Her Şey Yolunda / Everything is Fine is a very open and honest portrait of a 12 year old girl who tells about the difficulties, dreams and wishes of her own and of her neighbors in the highlands of Turkey.
Muhammet Beyazdağ was born in Istanbul and earned both his bachelor and master’s degrees in film from Akdeniz University in Antalya, Turkey. His documentaries have been shown at national and international film festivals and have received many awards. Some of his past films, mostly documentaries, are “Zarok” (“Child”, 2013), “Çirok” (“Story”, 2014), “Minibus” (2016) and “Urban Faces” (2018).
ANY WAY, 2022, 17 min, by Eva Claus
Eva Claus’ experimental film Any Way is an essay on life and the act of being together and apart in the cycle of life. She transforms a few running athletes into performers while focusing on the details of running itself using different frame rates, brilliant photographic work, precise film editing and a specially developed soundtrack that can put the viewer in a trance-like state.
Eva Claus is an audio-visual artist and filmmaker. Claus was born in 1992 in Brussels and attended the Friedl Kubelka School for independent film in Vienna, Austria, and the Royal Academy of Arts in Ghent where she got her MFA. Her films have been screened at various international festivals such as Light Field San Francisco, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Moscow International Film Festival, Process Film Festival Riga, Harkat Festival Mumbai, Rencontre International Paris / Berlin and Istanbul International Film Festival. In 2021 she won the Public film prize at the 22nd Dresdner Schmalfilmtage, Dresden, Germany.
TALES, 2022, 19.02 min, by John Hussain Flindt
The multimedia installation Tales combines research into the early history of phantasmagoria shows in Germany as well as Victorian satirical illustrations relating to the period of British rule in India, with the artist's personal history, his mother’s brain cancer diagnosis and his relationship with his absent father. Children's books, telephone cables, smoky nightclubs, rebellions and rabbit holes; a series of seemingly disparate narrative elements all lead back to one image: a magazine from 1857 depicting a “British” lion rescuing a woman and child from a “Bengal” tiger. The illustration reflects past to present – the artist’s mixed heritage being a by-product of the colonial history the illustration represents. The interwoven narrative creates a framework of tension between binaries, of the living and the ghostly, of past and present, presence and absence. The work highlights the complexity of identity, examining our faith in images, and a desire for transcendence – to leave the everyday behind.
John Hussain Flindt was born in 1993 in Manchester, England. He studied from 2013 to 2016 at Chelsea College of Arts, London and from 2018 to 2022 at Städelschule Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His video installation Tales was recently exhibited at the 39th Kasseler Dokfest, where he was awarded the Golden Cube for the best media installation.
MACHINES DON’T DIE, 2022, 20.4 min, by Eunhee Lee
Machines don't die is a documentary video work that investigates and questions some of the impact and aftermath of digital production and consumption. What happens with the devices after they cease to function, are outdated, or just not fashionable anymore? The digital remains and waste need to be disposed of, which has become very problematic and complicated. Mixing digitally embellished imagery and nature footage, the work becomes more than a documentary piece, it creates its own formal language. In this work, Lee connects the whole process of dealing with minerals and recycling them with the history of natural resource extraction.
Eunhee Lee was born in 1990. Lee attended the Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany, from 2012 to 2014 where she graduated from the Fine Arts class by Thomas Zipp and received her MA in Hito Steyerl’s class. She received her MFA in Videoart at Korea National University of Arts, Seoul, South Korea, in 2016. Her works have been exhibited and screened internationally. Machines don't die was commissioned by the Seoul Museum of Art in 2022.
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