Edith Dekyndt, They Shoot Horses (Part 2), 2017 (Detail), Installation view, They Shoot Horses (Part 2), 2017, Konrad Fischer Galerie, Berlin, Photo: Roman März, Courtesy Konrad Fischer Galerie
EDITH DEKYNDT receives Finkenwerder Art Prize 2019
On the occasion of the Finkenwerder Art Prize, the Kunsthaus Hamburg in cooperation with the Hamburger Kunsthalle will present a solo show featuring current works by the award-winner.
8 June – 4 August
This year’s Finkenwerder Art Prize endowed with 20,000 euros goes to Edith Dekyndt. The prize issued by the Kulturkreis Finkenwerder and funded by the Airbus corporation has been awarded since 1999 to artists who have made an outstanding contribution to contemporary art in Germany with their work. Award-winners of the past years include the artists Almut Heise, George Rickey, Candida Höfer, Neo Rauch, Daniel Richter, Thorsten Brinkmann, Ulla von Brandenburg, Christian Jankowski, and Georges Adéagbo.
The expert jury appointed by the advisory board of the Art Prize was made up of Dr. Brigitte Kölle (Hamburger Kunsthalle), Jessica McClam (artist), Prof. Martin Köttering (HFBK), Anna Sabrina Schmid (Hamburg Ministry of Culture and Media), and Katja Schroeder (Kunsthaus Hamburg).
With the Berlin-based Edith Dekyndt (*1960, Ypres, Belgium), the jury honors an artist who with her subtle and minimalistic visual language has created a lasting awareness of the interrelationships between humans, matter and environment.
Changes in materiality over periods of time play a crucial role in her installations, objects and videos. She uses ephemeral materials such as soil, liquids or salts. Amongst others her fields of experimentation are fabrics or canvases that she processes, impregnates or stages as curtains and flags in a variety of ways. Her shows visualize the silent forces of natural transformation processes and document the morphogenetic dynamics that she discovers in her surroundings in short video sequences.
Processes such as crystallization, fermentation, oxidation, or capillary effects shape her works and in many cases simultaneously form the thematic context. The artist is interested not only in the aesthetic qualities of transient processes. Moreover, she elucidates how dependent we are on both the material and immaterial world. Only through interrelations does something specific emerge. Edith Dekyndt’s minimalistic and at once complex and poetic work unfolds in the observation of the sensitive interplay between selected substances and their environment.On the occasion of the awards ceremony at the Airbus plant at Finkenwerder on June 6, 2019, Edith Dekyndt will present selected works.
Edith Dekyndt is represented in renowned exhibitions and collections. Recently she has presented solo exhibitions at Unlimited Art Basel (2018), Wiels – Center for Contemporary Art, Brussels; DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2016); Le Consortium, Dijon (2015); Temporary Gallery, Cologne (2014); and participated in numerous group shows, including the 57thVenice Biennale (2017); at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin; Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven (2016); SMAK, Gent; Akademie der Künste Berlin; Skulpturenpark Cologne (2015). She is represented by the galleries Carl Freedman (Margate),Greta Meert (Brussels), VHN (Paris), Konrad Fischer (Berlin) und Karin Günther (Hamburg).