Bettina Pousttchi receives the Wolfsburger art prize "Junge Stadt sieht Junge Kunst" 2014

17. October 2013

The Wolfsburger art prize 2014 "Junge Stadt sieht Junge Kunst" is awarded to the German-Iranian artist Bettina Pousttchi. The award is coupled both with an exhibition in the Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg in May 2014 and with a considerable publication. All in all, the award includes prize money of 80,000 euros. Furthermore there will be an acquisition for the collection of the Städtische Gallerie Wolfsburg.

The prize was for the first time awarded in 1959 and considers itself to be a supportive initiative for artists in the middle of their careers. Ideally, it would act as a catalyst for retrospection and further development. Bettina Pousttchi works equally in the field of media, photography, video and sculpture and deals primarily with subjects as perception of time and drawing of boundaries. Asking for art in public space is a theme which regularly occurs in her works, too. The diversity and complexity in terms of content have convinced the jury for this year's decision.

Similarly, as subtle interventions in the course of daily life circumvent our perception, so do the objects of Bettina Pousttchi - which are often taken from public spaces - underrun our cognition. They are formed anew as sculptures, referring both to ordinariness and art history. In her works she uses therefore barriers or bollards from which she creates new, abstract forms. The barriers are repeatedly made use of, thematizing subjects as borders and borderline experience, as well as discharge of energy.