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Hito Steyerl Wins 2019 Käthe Kollwitz Prize

The Akademie der Künste in Berlin has named artist Hito Steyerl the winner of the 2019 Käthe Kollwitz Prize, which recognizes international multimedia artists based in Germany. The $13,600 prize will be presented to Steyerl in an award ceremony at the Akademie der Künste in February 2019. An exhibition and a publication on her work will also be organized by the institution.

Born in Munich in 1966, Steyerl is a professor of experimental film and video and a cofounder of the Research Center for Proxy Politics at the Berlin University of the Arts. Her works, which range from installations and sculptures to films and performative lectures that often question the role of the image in the digital age and explore the impact of globalization on our lives, have been exhibited at venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid.

Established in 1960, the Käthe Kollwitz Prize has been cofunded by the German bank Kreissparkasse Köln for the past twenty-six years. Previous recipients of the prize include Adrian Piper, Edmund Kuppel, Corinne Wasmuht, Douglas Gordon, and Mona Hatoum.