Award ceremony: Larisa Sitar
Hope swapping, fixed
Curated by Nathalie Hoyos & Rainald Schumacher
Opening & award ceremony Claus Michaletz Preis
13.09.2023 7 pm
In her exhibition Hope swapping, fixed at KVOST, Larisa Sitar examines the points of contact between art and architecture in East and West, focusing on ornament as a socio-political statement. Her sculptures and bas-reliefs are shaped by her own biographical background.
Architecture in Eastern Europe changed rapidly in the 1990s in response to the opening of borders. Sitar specifically refers to the fact that workers began to adopt unusual designs and romanticized ornaments from the West and to recreate them with the materials available to them. In order to awaken these diverse cultural associations, she combines familiar analogue motifs with digital techniques, thus creating a connection between the past and the present.
Larisa Sitar was born in Baia Mare, Romania, in 1984 and lives in Bucharest. She is this year’s KVOST fellow and recipient of the 2023 Claus Michaletz Prize . The artist was selected from 174 applications. The prize money is 10,000 euros and goes in full to the artist at her free disposal.