And This is Us 2021 – Young Art from Frankfurt
21.05.2021 — 05.09.2021
Opening: Thursday, Mai 20, 2021, at 6:30 pm
Participating artists: Max Brück, Agnese Galiotto, Michelle Harder, Valentina Knežević, Isabell Ratzinger, Saya Schulzen, Gintare Sokelyte, Matt Welch, Faina Yunusova
Permanently supported by Dr. Marschner Stiftung
Kindly supported by Stiftung Kunstfonds and NEUSTART KULTUR
Curated by Franziska Nori
From May 21 to September 05, 2021, the Frankfurter Kunstverein invites nine emerging artists from the Rhine-Main-region to conceive and realise their first art production for an institutional format.
The exhibition And This is Us 2021 – Young Art from Frankfurt enables the participants to produce large-scale presentations on an institutional stage in order to make their work visible beyond the region. Especially in those difficult times due to the Corona pandemic, the Frankfurter Kunstverein is actively engaged in supporting a younger generation of artists in the realisation of new ideas and productions.
Franziska Nori, director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein and curator of the exhibition, is in constant exchange with the local art academies. The city of Frankfurt am Main is a starting point for the careers of many international artists who came here to study and work. During the curatorial selection process professors from the Städelschule and the University of Art and Design in Offenbach accompanied Franziska Nori. Ninety portfolios were submitted and reviewed; numerous artists got the chance to present themselves and their work in interviews and studio visits. All artistic genres and media expressions were considered in order to show the diversity of current practices, drawing a multifaceted picture of art production.
And This is Us 2021 – Young Art from Frankfurt will deliberately not be a thematic exhibition, so that the participating artists are given the opportunity to showcase their unique artistic approach. The exhibition will occupy the entire 1000 m2 exhibition space of the Frankfurter Kunstverein and artists will have their own showroom for new site-specific productions.
The Frankfurter Kunstverein sees itself as a committed cultural actor that, despite the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, remains an open space and public platform for audience and artists to discuss together current social issues. Since over two hundred years, the Frankfurter Kunstverein is known for representing the importance of contemporary art in social and political discourses.