Artist Kerstin Brätsch is the 2017 recipient of the $65,000 Edvard Munch Award, given out by the Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. In addition to the cash prize, Brätsch will stage a solo exhibition at the Munch Museum and be provided a residency in conjunction with Edvard Munch’s Oslo studio. The jury for this year’s prize was made up of curators Alfred Pacquement, Massimiliano Gioni, Kathy Halbreich, Joanna Mytkowska, and Simon Sheikh. Munch Museum director Stein Olav Henrichsen appointed the jury.
“Playing with artistic alter egos and collaborative pseudonyms, Kerstin Brätsch raises critical questions of subjectivity in a time in which identity is constantly being challenged and reshaped through the digital communication of our hypermediated reality,” said the prize’s jurors in a statement. “Painting is at the core of Brätsch’s work, but she approaches the tradition of the medium through elaborate use of a variety of media spanning from drawing, photography, graphic design and sculpture to performance, video and installation. In her work different modernist myths and beliefs are evoked and transformed, as she revisits the history of abstraction from a feminist perspective, sparking a joyful criticism of notions of originality, authorship, spirituality and purity.”