Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung – The 2007 Sprengel Prize for Visual
Arts in Lower Saxony
11 December 2007 – 24 February 2008
This year’s Niedersächsische Sparkassenstiftung - Sprengel Prize for
Visual Arts in Lower Saxony will be awarded to Antje Schiffers, born
in Heiligendorf near Wolfsburg in 1967. To mark the occasion, there
will be a retrospective of her work at the Sprengel Museum Hannover.
Antje Schiffers works with a variety of media, including works on paper,
painting, video and text to portray the realities of the lives of individuals.
Her art delves into the social, political, or economic conditions individuals
live in and the value this is given as well as what people understand
art to be. She learned a number of languages to pursue this project
and travelled as a wandering painter through Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.
The paintings were realised for bartering purposes: a means of providing
for room and board. She stayed in each place long enough to make ‘suitably
good’ painting, usually four or five days. In Chicahuaxtla, Mexico a
village 3000 metres above sea level, she spent a year painting flowers;
this resulted in a flower catalogue. She is currently artist-in-residence
at the ContiTech factory in Hanover. In the spirit of the romantic notion
of the travelling artistic genius, Antje Schiffers’ work also raised
the issue of the economic value of art as well as the material and artist
relevance of products, in general.
The awards ceremony will take place at the Sprengel Museum Hannover
at 7pm on Tuesday, 11 December 2007. Thomas Mang, President of the Niedersächsische
Sparkassenstiftung,, will present the award. Gabriele Mackert, curator,
author and director of the Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen, will
hold a eulogy.
Antje Schiffers will be there for the exhibition and will give a talk
at 6.30pm on 15 January , 2008.