Tina Campt awarded Berlin Prize

May 6, 2024

The American Academy in Berlin has awarded Tina Campt, jointly appointed in A&A and the Lewis Center for the Arts, the prestigious Berlin Prize for fall 2024. The Berlin Prize is awarded annually to US-based scholars, writers, composers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields, from the humanities and social sciences to journalism, public policy, fiction, the visual arts, and music composition. Chosen by an independent selection committee, the 2024–25 class of fellows will pursue a wide array of scholarly and artistic projects.

The Berlin Prize provides recipients the time and resources to advance important scholarly and artistic projects, free from the constraints of other professional obligations. Fellows work throughout the semester with Berlin peers and institutions in the Academy’s well-established network, forging meaningful connections that lead to lasting transatlantic relationships. During their stays, fellows engage German audiences through lectures, readings, and performances, which form the core of the Academy’s public program. 

Campt's project, a series of critical essays and creative meditations titled Art in a Time of Sorrow, explores the role art can play in grappling with deep personal grief and pervasive social grievance. Straddling criticism, theory, and creative nonfiction, Campt’s project engages the forms of sonic and visual correspondence used by Black contemporary artists to confront some of the urgent challenges of our current moment.