16.03. – 07.05. 8. PORTRAITS – HELLERAU Photography Award 2023 – "SURFACE"

The Residence Prize exhibition at HELLERAU will be open on all event days from one hour before the first event. You can find our event days in our program.

“On the subject of ‘surface’, the keyword ‘face’ comes to mind, the play with ‘surfaces’, but also ‘to surface’, meaning ‘to emerge’, ‘to come to light’… A portrait can also be pure, finely structured surface, exterior image, playing with patterns and details. Photography as a whole is dependent on ‘surface’ – and yet always tries to penetrate further and deeper. A detailed, meticulous ‘depiction’ of what is observed is one possible form of approach. But other aesthetic strategies and photographic means are also conceivable, the play with movement, with blurring, forms of reworking…” (Dr. Andreas Krase, curator of photography at the Dresden Technical Collections, member of the jury).

The concept of the portrait is traditionally very broad at the PORTRAITS Awards: It ranges from group photographs, artistic experiments dealing with the image of the human being, to strong documentary series and nude photography.

The winners of the PORTRAITS Awards 2023 will be announced at the vernissage on 16 March 2023 (1st prize: 5,000 EUR, 2nd prize: 2,000 EUR, 3rd prize: 1,000 EUR, residence prize: a working residency at HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts followed by a solo exhibition). All the works from the final round will be presented in the large annual exhibition at the Technische Sammlungen Dresden. And in HELLERAU, the current Residence Prize winner Svante Gullichsen (Finland) will show his work door to door with his successor. 

A series of public events and a number of curated solo exhibitions, the so-called “satellites”, round off the competition programme. The new PORTRAITS exhibition catalogue, the eighth in total, is published by Kunstagentur Dresden.

Further information: www.portraits-hellerau.com

Vernissage of the Great Annual Exhibition: 16 March 2023 at the Technische Sammlungen Dresden

Vernissage Residence Award 2022 and 2023: 17 March 2023 at HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts


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