The Aesthetica Art Prize 2015: Longlisted Artist Filmmaker Annina Roescheisen

The Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. The annual award offers artists the opportunity to showcase their work to wider audiences and further their involvement in the international art world. To mark its current call for entries, we shine a spotlight on longlisted artist Annina Roescheisen. Selected for her film What are you Fishing for? (2014), Roescheisen describes herself as a multimedia practitioner who looks to iconographies from the past for inspiration.

The German-Slovenian born artist experiments with the mediums of video, photography, installation and sculpture to explore themes of individuality and identity. What are you Fishing for? plunges the viewer into the heart of the union between a man and a woman, and their simple existence as humans on Mother Earth. Through the use of a cinematic narrative and poetic staging, the artist’s mental landscape is mapped out. The characters’ shared melancholy is expressed through the slowness and stillness of each steadily composed shot, and an orchestrated coldness emerges through a unravelling depiction of youthful vivacity and fragility.

Now in its eighth year, the 2015 award unites an innovative array of artists, photographers and filmmakers, presenting its selected longlisted and finalist creatives in the Aesthetica Art Prize anthology, Future Now, and the Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition. The showcase at York St Mary’s, on view until 31 May, challenges our perception of contemporary practices today through a dynamic selection of photography, sculpture, 3D design, painting, drawing, installation, video, film and performance.

The Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition, until 31 May, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN.

See more of Annina Roescheisen’s work at

For a full list of longlisted artists and this year’s finalists, visit

The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries until 31 August. Enter your work:

1. Annina Roescheisen, What are you Fishing for? (2014).