The jury for the Steenbergen Stipendium 2016, the prize for the best photographic graduation project, has nominated five projects created by students of the art academies. The jury consists of Caroline von Courten (chair of the Steenbergen Stipendium jury and assistant researcher in photographic theory at the University of Leiden), Jaap Scheeren (photographer and winner of an Honourable Mention in the Steenbergen Stipendium 2003) and Henk Wildschut (photographer).
Winner Steenbergen Stipendium 2016
The winner of the Steenbergen Stipendium 2016 was announced on the 12th of October. This year’s winner is Kimmo Virtanen (b. 1985) of the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. His project, Thirty-Second Love Songs, is a surreal animation film reflecting on the earthly troubles of a divided family. Their problems are seen from the perspective of outer space and narrated in the third person, using the parallel between people and trees as a metaphor for domestic peacekeeping.
Honourable Mention and Public's Prize
In addition, the jury awarded an Honourable Mention to Kateryna Snizhko, who graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam with a work entitled TINI. The Public’s Prize also goes to Kateryna Snizhko. In her project TINI (Ukrainian for ‘shadows’), Snizhko uses a three-dimensional collage to bring abandoned memories back to life. The installation encompasses the outlines of photographs, shadows, whispering and animated projections, brought together as an act of reminiscence. In a metaphorical way, it compares faded memories to abandoned places, where outlines and shadows are the last remaining traces of forgotten memories.
Read the entire jury report
The works will be on display in the Nederlands Fotomuseum from 3 September through 30 October. Besides the winning projects of Virtanen and Snizhko, the nominees are:
Lion van den Brand (1985, The Netherlands), Prisoners of war, a point of view, www.lionvandenbrand.nl
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht
Lion van den Brand could be described as a third-generation victim of war. What started as a personal quest for who his grandfather really was (most importantly a war veteran who served in Indonesia) became a family story recognisable to anyone who themselves, or whose parents or grandparents experienced traumatic events. For Prisoners of war, a point of view, Lion van den Brand worked together with Erik Wiedenhof.
Karl Ketamo (1987, Finland), Crossing Boundaries / Shifting Landscapes, www.karlketamo.com
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
At an abstract yet very concrete level, Karl Ketamo portrays the mass human migration now flooding the daily news but whose familiar imaging distances the average viewer from what is actually happening. Crossing Boundaries/ Shifting Landscapes is a 3-minute video loop consisting of several films that Ketamo has then edited one over another in such a way as to merge the horizons of these landscape shots.
Samuel Otte (1980, The Netherlands), De Val, www.samuelotte.nl
Royal Academy of Art, The Hague
The handwritten title on his book which has been crossed out several times immediately points to the doubts central to this project: doubts about his faith that were formed in an orthodox Protestant family. As an autobiographical work about his family, Samuel Otte tells a much bigger story: the generation gap between his religious parents and grandparents and his own generation that questions such beliefs.
The Steenbergen Foundation
The Steenbergen Foundation is devoted to various cultural objectives including making grants available to young people for their professional development. www.steenbergen-stichting.nl www.facebook.com/StStipendium