Julia Miorin, Cornelia Brader, Vero Haas and Kornelia Kesel were honored at the festival exhibition in Kempten. Their works are completely different.
All four exhibition’s artistic awards Allgäu festival week in Kempten this time they go to the women. Julia Miorin, who grew up near Memmingen and now lives in Leipzig, wins the Kempten City Art Prize, which is a gift of 5,000 euros. Memmingen artist Cornelia Brader receives the Thomas Dachser Memorial Award (€ 4,000). Student Vero Haas from Krugzell (near Kempten) received a sponsorship award from the Zorn Foundation, which is donated 3,000 euros. About the exhibition grant from Sparkasse Allgäu The artist from Kempten, Kornelia Kesel, can count on 2,000 euros.
Works by 147 artists were sent – fewer than before
However, the works of four women cannot be viewed in public until August 13. The 71st art exhibition kicks off that day as part of the Allgäu Festival Week at the Hofgartensaal in Kempten Residence – and runs until September 11th. In addition, 59 other works of 24 artists – selected by a jury chaired by Mayor Thomas Kiechle, consisting of six experts – will be presented at the residence. For two days, she watched 258 works sent by 147 artists living in the Allgäu or from our region. Martin Fink, head of the organizing Kempten cultural bureau, attributes Corona to the fact that the number is much lower than before. “Obviously, it takes time for everything to start all over again,” he says.
Incidentally, women were also ahead in the number of applicants – though not as clearly as with the awards. 86 female artists brought their works to Kempten, and 61 of their male counterparts.
Award-winning works represent almost the entire range of artistic genres – which the jury takes into account when making decisions, as the members admit. This time, Julia Miorin, who has already won a sponsorship award and an exhibition grant, submitted an installation with paper towels, such as those found on the toilets. “Miorin takes objects out of context and gives them a new form, aesthetic and devoid of any real function” – praised the jury in the justification.
The work of the artist, born in 1989, goes beyond materiality, and is also emotionally attractive, “because associations with people and places are born, they evoke memories”. Julia Miorin put it this way: “My way of working is a process of careful selection, reinterpretation and combination.”
Horse on a throne on a tall silo: this sculpture won a commemorative award from Cornelia Brader of Memmingen the Dachser
Cornelia Brader, born in 1974 and raised in Heimertingen, brought a completely different work to Kempten: a sculpture (“Cruisin”) in which a horse sits on a tall silo. “A surreal situation that leaves room for the viewer’s own interpretation,” explains Brader. In a classic sculptural representation, exactly the opposite is true: horses served as a pedestal for rulers.
On the other hand, the artwork of the sponsorship-winning young Vero Haas looks very quiet: the 29-year-old convinced the jury with two inky landscapes. He wants to look at the world intensely and personally, to process and appropriate it. In this particular case, she was concerned about “the question of how do we relate to nature as a species that is dependent on the environment and yet alienated from it”.
No happy ending for the frog prince
Ironically, this time the scholarship was awarded to the oldest of the award-winning women’s quartet: Kornelia Kesel is 67 years old and has been active on the Kempten stage for a long time. The Self-Taught Man took two fairy tales as a template for his blended photos with a grain of salt. In “Unhappy End”, inspired by “The Frog King”, the frog does not become a prince but a victim: it is eaten by a black cat.