After ten successful years, the early career Talents program has been comprehensively restructured: Talents is now the C/O Berlin Talent Award. Effective immediately, the C/O Berlin Talent Award will honor one outstanding young photographer and one outstanding art critic each year, awarding €10,000 in total (€7,000 in the photography category and €3,000 in the art criticism category). Applications for the C/O Berlin Talent Award are only accepted following nomination by the selection committee. The C/O Berlin Talent Award is the only prize of its kind in Europe. It showcases emerging photographers and art critics under 35, accompanying them on their creative journey and offering a starting point for international exhibitions.
C/O Berlin is delighted to award the first C/O Berlin Talent Award in the photography category to the Austrian artist Stefanie Moshammer (b. 1988, Vienna) and present her work in a solo show at C/O Berlin in July 2018. A catalogue accompanying the show will be published by Spector Books. Stefanie Moshammer and her work won over this year’s jury members—Diane Dufour (LE BAL, Paris), Shoair Mavlian (Tate Modern, London), Aaron Schuman (freelance critic and curator, London), Anne-Marie Beckmann (Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation) and Ann-Christin Bertrand (C/O Berlin)—as an extraordinary example of the current debate on the discourse surrounding the topic of New Documentary Photography.
Stefanie Moshammer’s photographs—comprised of different media—illuminate the complexity of our contemporary perception. Using existing materials, she develops her own photographs, charts pictures using Google Maps and uses film footage and video as well as fictional shots and images from her own imagination. In doing so, she creates new forms of documentation while combining fictional and narrative moments and touches on fundamental photographic themes: What is reality? What is fiction? Which truths does the photographic image convey?