current exhibiton 

Photo: DiamondProx Joscha Steffens

Mannheim Art Prize

award winner exhibition

Joscha Steffens  |  Hannah Schemel

July 18 – August​ 30, 2020

Opening July 17, 2020 — 7 p.m.

Mannheim Art Prize of the Heinrich Vetter Foundation 2020​

Prize-winners’ Show featuring Joscha Steffens and Hannah Schemel 

The Mannheim Art Prize of the Heinrich Vetter Foundation is the mark of support given by the City of Mannheim and the Heinrich Vetter Foundation to professional artists living and working in the metropolitan region. This year sees the eighth edition of the prize, which is awarded for photography and video.


The five-member jury of experts, comprised of Dr Sebastian Baden (Kunsthalle Mannheim), Carolin Ellwanger (Kulturamt Mannheim), Dr Heike Feldmann (Heinrich Vetter Foundation), Stefanie Kleinsorge (Port25 – Raum für Gegenwartskunst) and Thomas Schirmböck (Zephyr-Raum für Fotografie), emphasized the extraordinarily high quality of the numerous entries as well as the great diversity of artistic approaches. Following intense deliberations,  Andrea Eßwein, Ruth Hutter, Emanuel Raab, Hannah Schemel, Peter Schlör, Miriam Stanke, Claus Stolz, Joscha Steffens and Felicitas von Lutzau entered the final round.



As was the case in 2018, the jury opted in favour of dividing the prize into a main prize and an advancement award. The main prize, endowed with 10,000 Euro, ultimately went to Joscha Steffens and the advancement award, endowed with 5,000 Euro, to Mannheim-based photographer Hannah Schemel. 


Joscha Steffens (*1981) represents the jury’s choice of an artist who deals with forms of feigned and staged violence in digital and virtual realities and thematizes controversial phenomena of our present day. Joscha Steffens’s photographs and video works range between documentation and fiction.


Hannah Schemel (*1994) places great value on artisanship, materiality and reduction. Her procedure is strongly informed by her intense dealing with Japanese culture. Auratic photographs of a special quality are produced in an artisanally sophisticated manner using a refined mixed technique.