KVOST is pleased to announce Larisa Sitar as this year’s recipient of the KVOST scholarship and the Claus Michaletz Preis 2023, which is endowed with 10,000 euros. The artist was selected from 174 applications.

This year, the jury consisted of Nadine Barth (author and curator with a focus on photography), Karen Boros (Boros Collection and VIP Relation Art Basel), Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher (curatorial team with a focus on Eastern and Southeastern Europe), Dr. Silke Manske and Corinna Reuter (Secco Pontanova Foundation) and Stephan Koal (curator and director of the Kunstverein).

Larisa Sitar was born in Baia Mare, Romania in 1984 and lives in Bucharest. In her sculptures and bas-reliefs, Sitar examines the intersection between art and architecture, focusing in particular on ornament as a sociopolitical statement. In doing so, she combines well-known analogue and digital techniques, to evoke certain cultural associations. In an examination of how historical and social contexts are reflected in design elements, Sitar’s works form an interplay of past and present. Therefore, they invite us to encounter familiar and accustomed surroundings in a different way.

In addition to the KVOST scholarship – an artist residency in Berlin with a subsequent solo exhibition during Berlin Art Week 2023 at KVOST – Larisa Sitar will receive the Claus Michaletz Preis. In memory of the publisher and founder of the Secco Pontanova Foundation, the prize has been awarded to artists from Eastern Europe since 2020. The full amount of the prize money is freely available to the scholarship holders.