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We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Bonn Art Award 2019 is Nico Joana Weber.


The jury decided unanimously to choose Nico Joana Weber as the winner from 30 applicants for the award. The diversity and high quality of her work as well as her project draft for the video installation "Tropic Telecom", which the artist will be realizing during a three-month stay in Paris, convinced the jury to make their decision. "Tropic Telecom" will be presented in an exhibition about the artist which will take place at the Kunstmuseum Bonn from 23 April until 28 June 2020 and which will be accompanied by a catalogue.


Nico Joana Weber's work is based on the artist's travels and her encounters with other cultures. Subtle details and narrative characteristics are as important in her work as the history of reception and collection policy. It was the artist's interest in the processes of change and appropriation in culture and natural history as well as her ability to discuss these topics in succinct images and installations that made the jury choose Nico Joana Weber as the winner.


The artist was born in Bonn in 1983 and studied visual arts and art history at the Goldsmith College London. In 2013, she completed her post graduate studies at the Kunsthochschule für Medien in Cologne. Her most recent solo exhibitions took place at the Artothek, Cologne (2018), the Museum unter Tage, Bochum (2017), and the Temporary Gallery, Cologne (2017, with Arne Schmitt). She furthermore took part in group exhibitions at the Kunstsammlungen der Ruhr-Universität, Bochum (2018), at Schloss Corveym Höxter (on the occasion of the Villa Romana Awardee Exhibition, 2018), at the Skulpturenmuseum Glaskasten Marl (2017), and during the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (2015). For 2019, the artist is planning to realize a video installation at the Smart City Train Station Hamburg Dammtor in cooperation with the architect's office Peter Bohn + Assoziierte. Nico Joana Weber has won the Villa Romana Preis (2016), the Förderpreis des Landes NRW (2017), and the NRW Medienkünstlerinnenstipendium (2018). The artist lives and works in Cologne.