MAPA TEATRO, CLAUDIA ANDUJAR AND PÉTER EÖTVÖS RECEIVE GOETHE MEDALS

The 2018 Goethe Medals go to the Colombian theatre-makers Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden from the Mapa Teatro collective, the Swiss-Brazilian photographer and human rights activist Claudia Andujar, and the Hungarian composer and conductor Péter Eötvös. Every year the Goethe-Institut confers the official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany to honour figures who have performed outstanding service for international cultural dialogue. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, president of the Goethe-Institut, will present the medals at Weimar’s Residenzschloss on 28 August 2018. The laudatory speeches will be held by the playwright and essayist Deniz Utlu, the anthropologist and activist Stephen Corry and the writer and playwright Albert Ostermaier. 

The motto of the awarding of the 2018 Goethe Medal is “Life after Catastrophe.” The recipients Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden from Mapa Teatro, Claudia Andujar, and Péter Eötvös are four individuals who exemplify a healing approach to breaches and life-threatening turning points in personal and societal life. They all fought to make new starts after “catastrophes” – whether after a war, political collapse or environmental destruction. In a radical way and using experimental performative means, the social documentary plays by the theatrical collective Mapa Teatro deal with the interweaving of politics, society, violence and revolution in Colombian society. They deal with the dissolution of a whole neighbourhood in Bogotá as well as with the consequences of violence in the Colombian Civil War. The Swiss-Brazilian photographer Claudia Andujar has advocated for the indigenous Yanomami in the Amazon since the 1970s. Without her tireless efforts, not only with her camera, their habitat in the Amazon region might never have been declared a protected area. With his compositions and interpretations of the works of contemporaries during and after the Cold War, the Hungarian composer and conductor Péter Eötvös advanced a common European musical culture and continues to influence it today. 
 
This year, the laudatory speeches for the recipients of the 2018 Goethe Medals will be held by the playwright and essayist Deniz Utlu (for Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden, Mapa Teatro), by the British anthropologist and activist Stephen Corry (for Claudia Andujar) and by the writer and playwright Albert Ostermaier (for Péter Eötvös). Together with Kunstfest Weimar the Goethe-Institut is holding aconversation with Claudia Andujar, the speaker of the Yanomami Davi Kopenawa Yanomami and the anthropologist Stephen Corry on 26 August (3 pm). On 27 August (7 pm) there will also be a conversation as part of the Kunstfest Weimar with the siblings Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden of Mapa Teatro with the cultural scientist Christina von Braun entitled Laboratory of the Arts.  

Here you find the press kit:
www.goethe.de/presskit/goethe-medal
 
Further information about the Goethe Medal as well as an overview of all awardees:
www.goethe.de/goethe-medaille
 
The awarding of the 2018 Goethe Medals is organised in close partnership with the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. The conversation with Claudia Andujar is being held in cooperation with Kunstfest Weimar with support from the City of Weimar. The conversation with the siblings Heidi and Rolf Abderhalden is being held in close cooperation with Kunstfest Weimar with support from the Klassik Stiftung Weimar.