Black and white photograph of four women holding number balloons
AkademieGalerie, München

Jianling Zhang. Media Art Award 2023

Jianling Zhang, a graduate of the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München, has been selected to receive the Media Art Arward 2023 of the Kunststiftung Ingvild and Stephan Goetz for her project proposal, The First and Final girl. The prize is acknowledged with 5,000 euros and linked to an exhibition in the AkademieGalerie.


Researching into the history and formation of monstrous femininity and reproductive powers in horror films, Zhang looks into parthenogenetic motherhood: the mother who has the power of reproduction beyond male control. Wrapped in shifting tempo-spatial coordinates, the ghostly belly evokes different associations: would it be a miracle of life, a coffin of an unborn child, a satanic entity or a host of post/transhuman? In contrast to a typical Hollywood “Final Girl”, the characters seem to be haunted by pregnancy itself, entangled with other forms of being.

The Media Art Award of the Kunststiftung Ingvild and Stephan Goetz is a cooperation between the Akademie der Bildenden Künste München and the Sammlung Goetz. The prize is to be awarded annually for an initial period of three years and is bestowed on younger artists active in the field of media art in order to help support the creation of new works and strengthen their public perception.

Opening weekend during Various Others

3 channel black and white video projection on wall

Q & A with Jianling Zhang

What if women had the ability to reproduce without a partner? A horror vision? Or a paradise without men? Chinese artist Jianling Zhang explored this question in her installation. In our Q & A she reports on the genesis of the cinematic project

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Current exhibitions

A Change of Scenery. Artists' Wallpapers from the Sammlung Goetz

| Neues Museum Nürnberg

The collaborative project between the Sammlung Goetz and the Neues Museum Nürnberg offers an exciting interplay between interior and exterior space. In the museum’s six façade rooms, the two institutions present wallpapers designed by artists represented in the Sammlung Goetz. Most of the works were created in the context of earlier large-scale installations and have now been adapted to the new space in Nuremberg.

Further Exhibitions

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