ING Unseen Talent Award 2017 / Amsterdam

ING Unseen Talent Award 2017


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Unseen and ING are thrilled to present the five finalists for the ING Unseen Talent Award 2017. With this award, emerging photography talent is nurtured and given a platform to present work on a global scale to help shape the future of photography.

The five artists that have been selected for the ING Unseen Talent Award 2017 are Tom Callemin (b. 1991, Belgium), Andrea Grützner (b. 1984, Germany), Alexandra Lethbridge (b. 1987, United Kingdom), Robin Lopvet (b. 1990, France) and Stefanie Moshammer (b. 1988, Austria).

ING Art Management and Unseen have selected the five finalists from a long-list of recently graduated artists, handpicked by Franek Ammer (Co-Creator, Wroclaw’s TIFF Festival, curator at the Fotofestiwal team in Łódź), Tim Clark (Editor-in-Chief and Director, 1000 Words Photography Magazine), Lucy Conticello (Director of Photography, M, Le Monde), Zippora Elders (Artistic Director, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen), Celina Lunsford (Artistic Director, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt) and Sebastian Vaida (Artistic Director, Photo Romania Festival).

The ING Unseen Talent Award is an initiative by ING and Unseen that gives new European photography talent a stage to present their work on a global scale. What began as a Dutch initiative in 2013, developed into a European award. The aim of the award is to not only give these promising artists a platform, but also a network and expertise.

The finalists are rewarded with an extensive Talent Programme, led by the internationally renowned British artist Nadav Kander. Under his supervision, the selected artists will create a final work related to this year’s theme Common Ground; encouraging the discovery of similarities amongst differences. The photographic work of the finalists will be on display during Unseen Amsterdam 2017 at the ING Unseen Lounge.

Nadav Kander ‘In todays world where millions of images are being generated daily, it is very challenging for an artist to have their series of work properly seen and absorbed by an appropriate audience. The ING Unseen Talent Award provides a platform that responds to this challenge and goes further, helping artists with financial aid and a network of support and nurturing from leading entities. I am proud to be granted this privilege to be a part of this award as coach to the finalists and be their sounding board while they produce what I hope will be their best work to date.’

The international jury consists of Maryam Eisler (Photographer, Trustee of Whitechapel, co-chair of Tate’s MENAAC, Unseen ambassador) Francis Hodgson (Professor in the Culture of Photography, former
Head of Photographs Sotheby’s and Founder of Prix Pictet) Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Professor Exhibition Studies and Spatiality, University of Arts Helsinki), amongst others. They will decide on the Jury Prize winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award 2017. The Jury Prize winner will receive a €10,000 project production fund. The winner of the Public Prize will receive a commission to create new work for the ING Collection. Ralph Hamers (CEO ING Group) will announce the winners at the Award Ceremony during the official opening night of Unseen Amsterdam on the 21st of September.

Last year’s winner of the Jury Award, Thomas Albdorf (1982, Austria) received the €10,000 prize for his work around the theme of Fool for Love. After winning last year’s ING Unseen Talent Award, Albdorf had two solo shows; one at DELI Gallery (New York) in February 2017 and one at Webber Gallery Space (London). Both showed his series “General View” that also contains the work he made for the ING Unseen Talent Award 2016. His newest works will also be presented at the fair during Unseen Amsterdam 2017 and in the autumn of 2018 Albdorf will have a solo exhibition at Foam.

Miren Pastor (1985, Spain), winner of the 2016 Public Award, received a commission to produce new work for ING Collection. Soon after being granted the award she has received commissions including taking a portrait of Elena Ochoa Foster for The New York Time Style Magazine in Spain. Pastor is currently preparing an exhibition for the photography based festival Rencontres, d’Arles, where she will be exhibiting a new series of work, Twin Cousins.

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