Award winners

Award winners

Award winner 2024

Farzane Vaziritabar

  • © Farzane Vaziritabar, Foto: Elham Asadpour

    The artist, who was born in Yazd, Iran in 1987, impressed the jury with her concept. From around 300 submissions, a shortlist of six applicants was selected, which can now be seen in a joint presentation in the feinkunst e.V. exhibition space. The young Iranian artist, who has already presented her work several times in Hanover and northern Germany, emerged as the winner. Her concept is based on the so-called Red Thread of Hanover, a tour of the city's 36 most important historical and architectural sights, and accentuates it anew through various artistic media and performative interventions. Farzane Vaziritabar, currently a guest artist at the ZKM - Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, now has two years to realize the project outlined in the application. 

    The jury's decision
    "Farzane Vaziritabar activates the urban space (...) with her orientation on the "Red Thread" of Hanover, which is, however, charged and interpreted in a completely different way by the spectrum of her planned activities at 38 locations. Her interventions range from sound pieces and performances to installations, sculpture, video works and interactive elements. She thus not only covers a large media field of contemporary art, but also (...) deals with a wealth of socially relevant topics with a focus on the central aspect of increasingly fluid identities. The refreshing humor that repeatedly flashes up in her works and a generally non-dogmatic, but rather playful approach to her themes also shows a productive proximity to the artistic self-image of Hannes Malte Mahler, without copying him."

    Prof. Stephan Berg, Director Kunstmuseum Bonn on behalf of the entire jury, consisting of Konstanze Beckedorf, Head of Cultural Affairs of the City of Hanover, Prof. em. Dr. Anne-Marie Bonnet, University of Bonn, Prof. Wolfgang Ellenrieder, Braunschweig University of Art, Dr. Reinhard Spieler, Director Sprengel Museum Hanover, Paula Schwerdtfeger, art historian and curator, Hanover, and Simon Pfeffel, internationally active performance artist and 2020 award winner, Pforzheim.

    Award winner 2020

    Simon Pfeffel

    • Simon Pfeffel, I will carry YOU!, Palais de Tokyo und öffentlicher Raum Paris, 2017, © Simon Pfeffel

      The first winner of the international art prize "Hannes Malte Mahler - it is art®" was announced on 10.06.2020. The official award ceremony for Simon Pfeffel took place on 08.07.2022 at the Sprengel Museum Hannover. The performance artist convinced the jury with his unusual project design "100daysofperformances", in which he realized 100 interactive performances on 100 consecutive days in the urban space of Hanover.