The Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for sculpture is awarded by the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) together with the Antonius Jugend- und Kulturförderung e.V., which donates the prize money. A jury decided on the award. The prize, which has existed since 1991, honors artists who specialize in sculptural work. Rindon Johnson (*1990 in San Francisco/USA, lives and works in Berlin) receives the Ernst Rietschel Art Prize for Sculpture 2022.
The organizer of the prize until 2018 was the Ernst-Rietschel-Kulturring e.V. in Pulsnitz in memory of the sculptor Ernst Rietschel (1804-1861), who was born in Dresden. The last winner in 2018 was the Berlin artist Nevin Aladağ.
Rindon Johnson was a scholarship holder at the Graduate School of the Berlin University of the Arts and is both a visual artist and a writer. His multidisciplinary art practice blurs the lines between sculpture, photography, performance, poetry and virtual reality, fusing language with art. Through the diverse forms of expression that move between language, object-based works with materials such as leather, wood, stone or glass and virtual reality, Johnson’s works examine the effects of capitalism, racism, climate and technology on our everyday and social living environment. The members of the jury agree that the Dresden exhibition at the Albertinum will make an inspiring contribution to the discourse on sculpture in Germany.