March 31 to May 14, 2023 | Kunstmuseum Bonn

An empty elevator illuminated by pink and blue colors

Stéphanie Lagarde, Minimal Sway While Starting My Way Up, 2021 © Stéphanie Lagarde / Courtesy Video Power

An illustration of two ships in the blue sea

Shobun Baile, Trust Study #1, 2020 © Shobun Baile

Two women sitting in front of a yellow building. Each has a question mark illustrated above her head.

Ji Su Kang-Gatto, Vlog #8998 | Korean Karottenkuchen & Our Makeup Routine, 2021 © Ji Su Kang-Gatto & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2023

Man in a desertian landscape hands over a cube of ice to another man

Felipe Castelblanco & Lydia Zimmermann, AYÊNAN: Territorios de Agua, 2022 © the artists

Two persons sitting opposite of each other holding books and wearing glas helmets

Antonia Baehr, Jule Flierl, Isabell Spengler, Die Hörposaune, 2022 © Fotos/Videostill: Anja Weber / Bernadette Paassen

The VIDEONALE will take place in its 19th edition with an exhibition of 27 video artworks at Kunstmuseum Bonn and a diverse program in the midst of the exhibition and at satellites in the urban area of Bonn.

Opening: Thursday, March 30, 2023, 6pm until midnight
7pm → Official part with speeches and award ceremony
8pm → DJ-Seit with Monita Wagma

Each of the 27 works opens a new window onto the multifaceted spectrum and diverse themes of contemporary productions from the field of video art and the moving image:
Together with the artists, we take a look at the power imbalance between the Global North and Global South and cast a view on the effects of this imbalance on nature and humans from different—oftentimes indigenous—perspectives. Via the stages of performative mise-en-scènes, we enter into the worlds of queer notions of the body that not only give an account of the difficult path to finding one’s identity in a heteronormative environment, but at the same time relate the search for new, autonomous forms of community. We tune in to the stream of selfie formats and listen to autobiographical stories of experiencing discrimination and everyday racism. We experience how art and culture cut their way through the cracks in the walls of censorship and how the struggle for freedom of speech is resolutely and permanently inscribed in public urban space—always and at all times present for everyone. When we then wind up in an elevator somewhere between a mine 120 meters below ground level and the 32nd floor of a real estate investment, we have arrived in a reality that in all its fragility needs to be viewed in a new manner here today.

What’s new in the exhibition?
The VIDEONALE.19 is interested in creating new contact zones between the works and the public and inviting visitors to engage intensively with the works. For the exhibition, therefore, there was a desire to lower barriers on the one hand and to increase the quality of the stay on the other.
For the first time, the exhibition is complemented by two new locations: the Videonale Circus and the Place of Tranquility. While the latter offers a momentary retreat from visual overflow, the Videonale Circus amidst the exhibition is an invitation to engage in conversation. Surrounded by five artistic works and a protective skin, viewers can either sit or lie down, let the mind wander or come together for a conversation, read, or delve more deeply into the different artistic positions via short video formats on our online platform Videonale X. Moreover, the Circus is one of our central venues: For the purpose of events, a screen makes it possible to »pull« individual works from the exhibition, as well as to view and discuss them with others.
For more accessibility in the exhibition, we have especially lowered barriers of mobility and understanding. There will be seating for different needs, you can bring your own headphones and we have subtitled a large number of the videos in German for the first time.

Che-Yu Hsu, 副本人(Single Copy), 2019, Preisträger VIDEONALE.18


We are pleased to have Fluentum from Berlin as a long-standing partner who, like us, is enthusiastic about contemporary art in the field of video and film and supports artists through exhibitions, co-productions as well as purchases for its own collection. At the opening of VIDEONALE.19, the Videonale Award by Fluentum, endowed with 5,000 euros, will be awarded for the fourth time by an independent jury from among all selected works.

At VIDEONALE.18 this was 副本人(Single Copy) by Che-Yu Hsu. Further information on the winners of previous years can be found here: VIDEONALE AWARD