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PORTRAITS – Hellerau Photography Award 2021

The 6th annual PORTRAITS exhibition – Saxony’s most prestigious exhibition featuring international portrait photography – has re-opened. The works of all 26 finalists will be on show until August 29th, 2021. To find out more about travelling and visiting restrictions, visit the museum’s homepage.

2021 Finalists

Constanza Portnoy (AR) · Ingmar Björn Nolting (GER) · Elena Helfrecht (GER) · Ina Schoenenburg (GER) · Rafael Heygster & Helena Manhartsberger (GER) · Charlotte Sattler (GER) · Magdalena Stengel (GER) · Sandra Buschow (GER) · Yvonne Most (GER) · Yolanda del Amo (ES/US) · Manuel Frolik (GER) · Thomas Victor & Felix Adler (GER) · Jonas Dengler (GER) · Isabel Permuy (ES) · Tamara Eckhardt (GER) · Gabriele Galimberti (IT) · Andrea Frazzetta (IT) · Gabriele Micalizzi (IT) · Arianna Arcara (IT) · Steff Gruber (CH) · Tim Franco (FR/PL/KR) · Sarah Mei Herman (NL) · Natalia Kepesz (PL/GER) · Katarzyna Kalua Kryńska (PL) · Alexey Pavlov (RU) · Ashima Yadava (US)

The Residency exhibition will open on June 18, 2021 at the traditional venue of the competition, the Festspielhaus Hellerau. At the same time, the works of the 2020/21 Residency Prize winner, Agata Wieczorek (Poland), can be viewed again in the European Center for the Arts. As in previous years, smaller satellite exhibitions also flank the main exhibition. This year they will take place in the »blue factory« or the Fotoforum Dresden. PORTRAITS finalist 2021 Alexey Pavlov (Russia) is also featured in a solo exhibition entitled »Youth of the North« at nEUROPA gallery.

Preparation of the exhibition under the direction of Henry Puchert: Nele Hölzel, Anna Eisenmenger, Hella van Lengerich

The annual exhibition will again take place in the Technical Collections in Dresden and will feature around two dozen contemporary photographic positions. Artists from ten countries, including Yolanda del Amo (USA), Constanza Portnoy (Argentina), Sarah Mei Herman (Netherlands) or Tamara Eckhardt (Germany) are represented with their works. Current series by Leipzig-based photographer Ingmar Björn Nolting (Vonovia Award for Photography 2020) or by the French-Polish photographer Tim Franco will also be on show.

Martin Morgenstern

The current theme »Togetherness« was chosen by the jury, which included Amsterdam-based photographer Carla van de Puttelaar and the Polish photographer Tomasz Lewandowski. In what is now the second year of the pandemic, it is important to emphasize the power of human coexistence, to seek to come together again after months of separation, perhaps to question unholy alliances and to address the consequences of loneliness and loss.

Martin Morgenstern

As in the previous year, the exhibition will stretch through the entire building: starting in the large exhibition room, through the former offices of the Heinrich Ernemann AG and the historic foyer, to the permanent exhibitions on various floors of the building. A series of public events round off the competition program.

Socially distanced? No way.

For the annual exhibition, another catalogue with the works of all finalists will be published by the Kunstagentur Dresden. It contains the work of all finalists and is available from the publisher, from the Dresden Technical Collections and from bookshops (114 pages, EUR 25.00, ISBN 978-3-9821847-0-8). Order one now and transform your living room into an exhibition that meets the gold standard of COVID19 social distancing rules. Shipping is free worldwide.

Ute Behrend

Our 2021 Prize Winners

Four winners from Germany/Austria, South Korea and Poland – those were the winning series of the 2021 PORTRAITS Award.

Martin Mulik

Who we are

The PORTRAITS – Hellerau Photography Award was created in 2015. Our output so far: twenty-five exhibitions, stunning photo series by over two hundred and fifty international artists and thousands of enthusiastic visitors.

Martin Mulik

International Competition for Portrait Photography

»Togetherness«, »Change«, »Presence«, »Uncovered« and »Dignity«: these were the major thematic exhibitions that HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts organized together with Kunstagentur Dresden in recent years.