Prize Winner: Tímea Junghaus
Tímea Junghaus is a curator and the first historian for Roma art in Hungary. She was awarded the KAIROS Award for the great personal commitment with which she, as a cultural activist, has always managed and still manages to find opportunities to unlock the contemporary visual art of the European Roma beyond existing stereotypes. At the same time, she thereby enhances public awareness of the contributions of the Roma to cultural diversity in Europe.
Since 2005, Tímea Junghaus has been the head of the Roma Cultural Participation Project, hosted by the Open Society Institute in Budapest. She curated the first transnational Roma pavilion, ‘Paradise Lost’, at the 52nd Biennale in Venice. For this pavilion she arranged works by sixteen European artists which covered the whole spectrum of contemporary art forms: painting, video, installation, sculpture, and print art. In 2013 she founded Gallery8 for contemporary Roma art in Budapest.
The prize-giving ceremony took place in the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg on 10 February 2008.
About KAIROS Prize
The KAIROS Prize is honouring European artists and academics from the fields of the fine and the performing arts, music, architecture, design, film, photography, literature and journalism. The award is designed to be given to individuals for artistic achievements, but also to producers, festival directors, publishers or gallery owners and other personalities who give important impulses to art and culture in Europe. The KAIROS Prize is endowed with the amount of 75.000 € and aims to honour outstanding individuals working with entrepreneurial spirit, persistence and creativity in the field of European culture and intercultural understanding.
The prize is named after the Greek god KAIROS – the god for “the right moment” –as it seeks to encourage and promote people at “the right time in their career”. It is neither an award for life time achievement nor a singular project, but rather seeks to identify early achievement, special work in progress as well as potential for future sucess.
The KAIROS Prize is awarded annually in Hamburg by the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. An independent committee decides on the awarding.
The current members of the committee are:
Christoph Stölzl (President Liszt School of Music, Weimar)
Christine Eichel (author and journalist)
Shermin Langhoff (artistic director Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin)
Heike Catherina Mertens (executive director Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House)
Monika Sandhack (ZDFkultur / 3Sat Kulturzeit)
Nike Wagner (artistic director Internationales Beethovenfest, Bonn)