Sam Zamrik receives the Wunderblock Award

Wunderblock Award Trophäe
The Wunderblock Award

The Wunderblock Foundation is presenting its inaugural grant this year - the Wunderblock Award, which is endowed with 10,000 Euros.

The grant will be given to poet Sam Zamrik.

The award ceremony will take place on October 14, 2022. The laudatory speech will be delivered by poet and translator Sylvia Geist.

Sam Zamrik (b. 1996, Damascus) is a poet, translator, and political educator. They worked as a band manager and lyricist in Syria’s underground metal music movement New Wave. Their writings have been published by the WIR MACHEN DAS initiative Weiter Schreiben and in various German newspapers such as the Tagesspiegel and taz. Through their baroque, sometimes laconic images, Zamrik finds expression for war and flight, for uprootedness and loneliness, for the feeling of being non-existent and having no voice. In October of this year their first volume of poetry will be published by publishing house Hanser Berlin in a bilingual English/German edition.

Sam Zamrik lives, writes, and studies in Berlin.

Sam Zamrick Portrait
Photo: Paula Winckler

The Wunderblock Foundation is a non-profit organization that was established by painter Katharina Grosse in 2020. The foundation has set itself the goal of expanding our understanding of painting and placing the field of painting into a larger cultural context. Its central task is promoting outstanding positions in contemporary art and culture. The foundation sees itself as providing an interdisciplinary practice space, a research center, and an open archive.

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