Supporting and developing emerging talents in their artistic development is an integral part of the C/O Berlin Foundation’s mission and work. C/O Berlin is an exhibition space for photography and visual media that brings people together and gives them a space to exchange ideas, engage in conversation, and create a network of young international contemporary photographers.
The C/O Berlin Talent Award is the only prize of its kind in Europe. Each year it recognizes the exceptional work of one photographer and one art critic under the age of 35. The C/O Berlin Talent Award honors one outstanding young photographer and art critic each year, awarding 10,000 in total (7,000 in the photography category and 3,000 in the art criticism category). Along with a cash award, the winning photographer is honored with a solo exhibition at C/O Berlin. A publication accompanying the exhibition is put out by Spector Books in Leipzig and contains work by the prizewinning art writer. Applications for the C/O Berlin Talent Award are not public and only accepted following nomination by the selection committee. Entrants to the C/O Berlin Talent Award competition are nominated by a high-ranking expert jury. The awards committee selects five candidates for its short list, from which the prizewinner is selected. The shortlisted candidates are introduced in the C/O Berlin newspaper and their work is presented online as part of C/O Berlin’s cooperation with the magazine Der Greif. Media partner arte covers the C/O Berlin Talent Award and the winner’s exhibition.
The C/O Berlin Foundation has supported the work of emerging photographers and art critics since 2006. To date, over 80 young talents have received support and been exposed to a broad audience through exhibitions and publications. These include the photographers Stefanie Moshammer (2018), Sebastian Stumpf (2008) and Tobias Zielony (2007) as well as critics Andreas Prinzing (2018), Katja Müller-Helle (2012), Steffen Siegel (2009) and Florian Ebner (2006).
C/O Berlin Talent Award 2019
C/O Berlin is delighted to award this year‘s C/O Berlin Talent Award to French artist Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques and to present his work the exhibition Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques . Sub Rosa from 07 December 2019 to 29 February 2020 at C/O Berlin in the Amerika Haus at Hardenbergstrasse 22–24, 10623 Berlin. The four artists Axel Braun (Germany), Jan Hoek (Netherlands), Camille Lévêque (France), and Luo Yang (China) are nominated for the Shortlist 2019.
- Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques, from the series Sub Rosa, 2018 © Sylvain Couzinet-Jacques
- Axel Braun, Noxious Interference, Białowieża, 2017 © Axel Braun
- Axel Braun, Die Technik muss grausam sein, wenn sie sich durchsetzen will, Diga del Vajont, 2011 © Axel Braun
- Camille Levêque, Digital manipulation, Collage of a Family Photo with Elements of an Ancient Mosaic from a Church in Ani © Camille Levêque
- Camille Levêque, Family Photo, Detail from Sanahin‘s Church © Camille Levêque
- Jan Hoek, Joan Collins– dream picture in wedding dress,from the series Sistaaz of the Castle © Jan Hoek . Courtesy Duran Lantink und Jan Hoek
- Jan Hoek, Cleopatra, from the series Sistaaz of the Castle © Jan Hoek . Courtesy Duran Lantink und Jan Hoek
- Luo Yang, Ge Lai Chuo Mao, 2017, from the series GIRLS © Luo Yang
- Luo Yang, Wang Yanyun 2, 2016, from the series GIRLS © Luo Yang
Axel Braun (b. 1983, Düsseldorf, Germany) studied at Folkwang University of Arts in Essen, and ne art at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. His work has featured in several solo and group exhibitions at various institutions, among them Hartware MedienKunstVerein at Dortmunder U, Kunstmuseum Bochum, Krakow Photomonth 2018, Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster and Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives in Budapest. He was Artist-in-Residence at Gyeonggi Creation Center (ROK), Goethe-Institut Bukarest and Institute for Advanced Studies der Central European University. Braun has received numerous prizes and scholarships from institutions including the German Academic Scholarship Foundation, the DAAD, the award for artists from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as awards from the Central European University’s Institute for Advanced Studies and the Kunststiftung NRW, as well as the Stiftung Kunstfond’s work grant.
Jan Hoek (b. 1984, Utrecht, Netherlands) is a photographer. He studied image and speech at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, graduating in 2012. In his work, Hoek often focuses on minority groups in African society, such as homeless people, drug addicts, and people who advertise on online marketplaces to do odd jobs or to work as amateur models. Critical yet humorous, his photographs thematize aspects of colonial history, as well as contemporary discourses on gender, consumption, and capitalism. They have been exhibited worldwide in Antwerp, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Jakarta, Shenzhen, Lagos, Miami, London, and New York. Hoek has also held solo exhibitions in Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam’s Foam 3h project space, Felix & Foam, and He Xianging Art Museum in Shenzhen. His photographs have since been published in Foam Magazine, Vice, Mister Motley, GUP, New York Times and King Kong Magazine.
Camille Lévêque (b. 1985 in Paris, France) is a visual artist, photographer, graphic designer, and publisher. Lévêque’s work spans the genres of photography, video, collage, and installation. Prior to focusing on her artistic career, she worked as a reporter for the UNHCR in Armenia and as an editorial assistant for Magnum Photos in Paris. Lévêque has been nominated for and won various awards, among them the Prix Maison Blanche, Voies Off Arles, Cosmos PDF Award, the PHmuseum Photography Grant, and the Lucie Scholarship. Her works have been exhibited at establis- hed institutions such as MACRO, Aperture Foundation, Unseen Festival, and Le Centquatre, and have also been published in Le Monde, Libération, Foam Magazine, Dazed, and Internazionale. Lévêque founded and is active in the collective Live Wild, and also co-founded the publishing house Orpheus Standing Alone. She lives and works in Paris.
Luo Yang (b. 1984, Shenyang, China) is an artist and photographer. She studied graphic design at the LuXun Academy of Fine Arts in China, graduating in 2006, and is considered one of the most important artists of her generation thanks to her documentary photography. In 2013, her work was shown at the exhibition FUCK OFF 2 at Groniger Museum, curated by Ai Weiwei. Luo’s works have also been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at numerous other museums, project spaces, festivals, and biennials spanning Mumbai to Berlin. The artist lives and works in Beijing and Shanghai.