Villa Aurora Grant Recipients | 2023

Apr, May, Jun

Maroan el Sani | Visual Artist (with Nina Fischer)

Maroan el Sani & Nina Fischer | Image: Privat
Maroan el Sani & Nina Fischer | Image: Privat

Maroan el Sani, born 1966 in Duisburg, studied Film and Communication Studies at the FU - Free University Berlin. Nina Fischer, born 1965 in Emden, studied visual communication at the Berlin University of the Arts and directing at the DFFB - German Film and Television Academy Berlin. The Berlin-based artist duo has been working together since 1995.

Project Description
Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani's work is an ongoing preoccupation and examination of the transitions between times and epochs. They walk in the historical footsteps of urban landmarks and events, questioning the rise and fall of modernity and the close relationship between our contemporary society and utopian projects that push the course of history out of the past and into the future.

Solo exhibitions (Selection)
2019 | Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani - The Active Guest, Edith Russ House for Media Art, Oldenburg, Germany
2017 | Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani - Freedom of Movement, MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome.

Group exhibitions (Selection)
2023 | Thinking Historically in the Present - Sharjah Biennial 15
2020 | Les Parallèles Du Sud - Manifesta 13, Marseille

Prizes/Awards (Selection)
2019 | Short Tiger Award, International Film Festival Rotterdam / Candidate European Short Film Award
2011 | Villa Kamogawa - Artist in Residence, Goethe-Institut, Kyoto
1999 | Rompreisträger:innen - Scholarship of the German Academy Villa Massimo, Rome
1998 | Karl Hofer Award, Berlin University of the Arts