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Camera Austria Award for Contemporary Photography by the City of Graz 2015
Annette Kelm


Award ceremony

Thursday, 10 December 2015, 7 pm
Exhibition space Camera Austria

The laudatio address will be held by Maren Lübbke-Tidow.

The award will be presented by Lisa Rücker, City Councillor for Cultural Affairs.

Kirsty Bell, freelance writer living in Berlin (DE)
Joachim Koester, artist, awardee 2013, Kopenhagen / New York (DK/US)
Omar Kholeif, author and curator at Whitechapel Gallery, London (UK)
Reinhard Braun, publisher Camera Austria International, Graz (AT)

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The jury founded their decision to honour Annette Kelm with this award on the following statement:
“Annette Kelm’s intricately produced images are bound to a history of photography—not only as a medium, but also as a practice, a concept, and a provocation to old and new media. Her photographs, which may at first seem like simple gestures, on further examination reveal a broad set of transcultural references, often deploying humour to critique the acceleration of mass-produced consumerism, or the transience of our sociopolitical allegiances. While exploring the continued potential of the photographic medium, her work posits a sophisticated retort to the mainstream politics of representation and endless reproducibility heralded by the digital and post-digital era. Instead of escape into nostalgic futurity, she gives us a rigorous and critical study of presentness.”

Our interest in Annette Kelm’s artistic activity is sustained by her continuity in making pictures, which has always drawn on her cultural environment—people, objects, artefacts never assume the function of pure indices but rather become independent arrangements, “for all those who behold her pictures tend to grapple with the motifs” (Maren Lübbke-Tidow). So it is this contradiction between literalness and mystification that, in our eyes, makes her works appear exemplary for a productive occupation with present-day contexts related to photography.

The Camera Austria Award for Contemporary Photography by the City of Graz was established in 1989 and is bestowed every two years on an artist who has published a noteworthy contribution in the magazine Camera Austria International and has made an important contribution to contemporary photography. The prize-money is Euro 14,500.

Annette Kelm, born 1975 in Stuttgart (DE), lives and works in Berlin (DE). Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at international institutions, including MoMA, New York (US, 2013); Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (CA, 2012); Städel Museum, Frankfurt / Main (DE, 2012); KW – Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2009); Kunsthalle Zurich (CH, 2009); and Witte de With, Rotterdam (NL, 2008). Her artworks are in important art collections such as MoMA, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris (FR); Kulturstiftung des Bundes (DE); Tate Modern, London (GB); and Collection Verbund, Vienna (AT). Annette Kelm participated in the 12th Istanbul Biennial (TR, 2012) and in the 54th Venice Biennale (IT, 2011). She will have a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit (US), curated by Jens Hoffman, in 2016.

Annette Kelm’s work has been published in Camera Austria International no. 102/2008; an individual exhibition at Camera Austria was curated by Maren Lübbke-Tidow in 2009; most recently Annette Kelm was the guest editor of Camera Austria International no. 131/2015.


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