Since 1953, the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft has awarded the Ars viva Prize to young artists living in Germany. The 2018 edition goes to Anna-Sophie Berger, Oscar Enberg, and Zac Langdon-Pole. The prize includes two exhibitions at renowned art institutions in Germany and Belgium, the Ars viva catalogue, and an artist residency on Fogo Island, Canada.
Anna-Sophie Berger (born 1989 in Vienna, where she lives and works) studied fashion design and transmedial art at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Her work was shown for example at the mumok (Vienna), the White Flag Projects Library (St. Louis, USA), Ludlow 38 (New York, USA) and the House of Arts Bregenz. She is the winner of the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2016. In her current work Berger deals with strategies of communications and questions the meaning of objects, their ascription (in value) and contextualization.
Oscar Enberg (born 1988 in Christchurch, New Zealand, lives and works in Auckland) studied sculpture at the Canterbury University Ilam School of Fine Arts in Christchurch (New Zealand). Solo exhibitions were shown for example at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and at Hopkinson Mossmann (New Zealand). Enberg's sculptures are combinations of different forms and materials, that refer to movies, literature, art and society.
Zac Langdon-Pole (born 1988 in New Zealand, lives and works in Darmstad) studied at the University of Auckland's Elam School of Fine Arts and the Städel School in Frankfurt on the Main at Willem de Rooij. His works were shown for example at the Biennale de Montréal (Canada), at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery (New Zealand), the House of Arts Mainz (Germany) and the CCA (Singapur). He is a prize winner of the Charlotte-Prince Scholarship. Langdon-Pole's artistic works are based on stories and the emergence of historic narratives, that he examines regarding knowledge, structures of power and their system of values.