Last month, it was announced that the Beirut-born and based artist Caline Aoun is the recipient of the ninth edition of the Artist of the Year Award, granted by Deutsche Bank’s Art, Culture & Sports department. Alongside the bank’s noted art collection featuring works on paper and photography, as well as the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle in Berlin, it has recently inaugurated a new space in Berlin’s Prinzessinnenpalais, where Aoun will exhibit come autumn 2018.
Despite having lived much of her life outside of Lebanon due to the Civil War, Aoun is closely associated with a generation of young Lebanese artists who are focused on the production and role of images, and is known for a minimal and conceptual-based practice exploring how the evolution of digital technology alters perception and information. The abstract works are based on experiments with ink-jet printers that Aoun forces into malfunction through an excess of data that she collects. This material is sourced from the public realm and includes logistics, architecture, advertising and urban planning.
Aoun completed her artistic training at institutions such as Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design and the Royal Academy Schools in London, including attaining her doctorate in Fine Arts at the University of East London. Chosen for the award based on the premise of an artist’s works on paper or photographic practice being artistically and socially relevant, Aoun was selected by a jury including Okwui Enwezor, Hou Hanru, Udo Kittelmann and Victoria Noorthoorn. “I am impressed by Caline Aoun’s fascination with printing and her efforts to capture all the things that are fading away,” stated Hanru, artistic director of the MAXXI, Rome. “She transforms the attention for her intimate surroundings into a gaze at the globalising world. Her work reflects today’s world in a highly aesthetic and silent way.”
Aoun follows previous winners Wangechi Mutu, Yto Barrada, Roman Ondák, Imran Qureshi, Victor Man, Koki Tanaka, Basim Magdy and Kemang Wa Lehulere.
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