Lauterbach Prize for Social Art 2021 for Danica Dakić

The Carl and Ruth Lauterbach Foundation at the Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf awards the “Lauterbach Prize for Social Art” this year Prof. Danica Dakić. The award is presented for the first time. The artist has lived and worked in Düsseldorf for over 30 years and has gained a great international reputation. In 2009 the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf devoted a large solo exhibition to her; she took part in the “documenta 12” (2007) and the Venice Biennale (2019). The award ceremony will take place on Friday, November 5th, 6 p.m., in the Ibachsaal of the Stadtmuseum, Berger Allee 2. Interested citizens are cordially invited. The 2G rule applies. Registration is not required.

To the award winner
In her mostly multimedia works (video, film, photography, performance and installation) Prof. Danica Dakić very independent and poetic forms for dealing with social issues. In her works, for example, she addresses cultural identities and role models in the context of social change, but also globalization processes and war. Many of her artistic works are created in close collaboration with actors who often come from invisible parts of society. Based on an architecture, a place of history or an (art) historical picture template, she and her protagonists create stages on which their own visual worlds and narratives are developed. One example is her last large group of works, which was created in the Bosnian city of Zenica and in which she worked with residents of the city to inquire into individual and social utopias (“Zenica Trilogy”, Venice Biennale 2019, Bosnia-Herzegovina Pavilion) .

Danica Dakić is an artist and university professor. She was born in Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia, in 1962. She studied at the Academy of Arts in Sarajevo, University of the Arts in Belgrade and at the Düsseldorf Art Academy. Dakić has participated in numerous group exhibitions, including the Cuenca Biennial (2016), São Paulo Biennial (2014), Biennale of Sydney (2010), Liverpool Biennial (2010), Istanbul Biennial (2003 and 2009) and documenta 12 (2007). Her solo exhibitions have been in the Bosnia-Herzegovina Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), the Bauhaus Museum Weimar (2019), the Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg (2017), the Museum of Modern Art (MMK), Frankfurt ( 2013), the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011), the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb (2010), the Generali Foundation, Vienna (2010), and the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2009). She has been a professor at the Bauhaus University Weimar since 2011. She lives in Düsseldorf and Weimar.

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The “Lauterbach Prize for Social Art”
The “Lauterbach Prize for Social Art” will be awarded for the first time in 2021 and every four years thereafter to artists who deal with social issues in their work and who work and / or live in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is endowed with 10,000 euros. The term “social art” refers to works of art that deal with the public, political and private life of people. The prize is awarded by a jury. This year’s jury consists of Dr. Susanne Anna, Head of the City Museum Düsseldorf, Dr. Christoph Danelzik-Brüggemann, Head of the 19th Century Photographic Collection / Collections at the Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf, Dr. Gunda Luyken, Head of the Graphic Collection at the Kunstpalast Düsseldorf, the artist Zipora Rafaelov and Dr. Me You, substitute professor for art and economics at the University of Kassel / documenta institute.

Carl and Ruth Lauterbach Foundation at the City Museum
The Carl and Ruth Lauterbach Foundation was established in 1995 by the photographer Ruth Lauterbach-Baehnisch in memory of her husband Carl. In addition to awarding the Lauterbach Prize, the foundation serves to promote scientific work in connection with the archive located in the city museum.