Meijburg & Co and Unseen Amsterdam are proud to present the five nominees of the Meijburg Art Commission. The fourth edition of this leading art prize will examine the work of multimedia artists with a strong focus on photography, which were selected from a call aimed at the exhibiting galleries of Unseen Amsterdam 2018. The winning artist will be decided by an international jury consisting of Alessandra Capodacqua (photographer, curator and lecturer at NYU Florence, IED and SACI), Ángel Luis González Fernández (Founder and CEO of the PhotoIreland Foundation) and Wilbert Kannekens (CEO of Meijburg & Co).
The winner will be announced at the opening of Unseen Amsterdam 2018, on Thursday the 20th of September. The selected artist will be given a production fund to produce a new artwork for the Meijburg & Co office in Amstelveen. With this commission, emerging and established artists can receive career support and the opportunity to expand in their specific discipline.
The nominees for the 2018 edition are:
"New opportunities often present unexpected outcomes. The commission provides a rare opportunity to explore these creative outcomes in order to make an exceptional new work.”
Oliver Raymond-Barker’s (1980, UK) work encompasses photography in its broadest sense. In his work, the photographer uses various analogue and digital processes, natural materials and camera-less methods of image making. His custom-built camera obscura, the Backpack Obscura, is designed to allow the creation of large format images on location. The latent image projected by the camera is captured in negative form using sheets of black & white photographic paper.
Top image: Faslane, from the series Promised Land, 2017 © Oliver Raymond-Barker
“For years it has been my routine to exhibit my work in wall installations (or ‘constellations’ as I like to call them) because in my view the expression of meaning can be greatly expanded once the mutual references of the individual works are part of the viewing experience. It is my ambition to establish a turn in the traditional approach, in which photographic works are often still regarded as individual pieces to be hung separately on a wall. The nomination for, and maybe even the execution of, the Meijburg Art Commission might be a step in this direction.”
In his early works, Paul Bogaers (1961, NL) often combined his photographs with amateur snapshots, newspaper clippings, postcards and other found photographic sources. With his fascination and use of found photography in these works, Bogaers is considered to be one of the forerunners of contemporary photographers interest in found imagery. Bogaers’ most recent works expand into the three-dimensional domain, evolving more and more into assemblages and installations. In search of a more expressive power, he extends his photos with paper, cardboard, wood, metal, fibres, glass and found objects. To describe this type of work, Bogaers coined the term “Extended Photography”.
Image: Sorrel, 2016 © Paul Bogaers/galerie dudokdegroot
"I’m honoured to be considered for this commission. It will allow me to continue to explore in the analogue photographic darkroom my deep interest in the visual portrayal of mindfulness and the myriad ways that an encounter with art can shift perspective. I like the idea that pausing in front of the final work could bring on a moment of respite; the goal is to reflect back — and perhaps even shift—the mindset of the viewer."
Joanne Dugan (1961, US) is a visual artist who lives and works in New York City. Her most recent works use analog photographic materials and processes to evoke visual renderings of time, space and various states of human consciousness. Currently informed by the slowness and limitations of traditional light-based photo materials, she creates small and unique-image limited editions of handmade works that utilise hand-cutting techniques, chemical alterations, vintage materials and repetition. The darkroom is a key component in the process, as she explores and pays homage to the physical limitations and opportunities found in analog methods, while also seeking to reinterpret their potential for mindfulness-based creation in a digital age.
Image: Grid 13, from the series Multiples, 2017 © Joanne Dugan/Kopeikin Gallery
“The Meijburg Art Commission project has allowed me to challenge myself with an art installation in a public space that I have not done before. My project explores the relationships between multi-layered experiences as seen from different viewpoints – with each layer reflecting portions of the past, present or future. Using this project as a foundation, I can continue to research, experiment, and express how art interacts with the public.”
Hideyuki Ishibashi (1986, JP) is a Japanese photographer living and working in Lille. In his work, Ishibashi mainly uses collage techniques. His artistic research is focused on the ambiguity of the human way of seeing images in this digital era, by using anonymous images such as found photographs, postcards from flea markets, internet images and even Google street views. He seamlessly combines fragments from all these materials, creating a new entity that exists somewhere between reality and imagination.
Image: Limen (revolving lantern), 2017 © Hideyuki Ishibashi/IBASHO
Artist collective Fotoromanzo Italiano
“We seriously play with visuality, activating new imaginaries. The Meijburg Art Commission really inspires us because it would give us the opportunity to work closely with the collector on the production of a unique and exclusive site-specific work.”
Based in Milan and composed by three Italian artists, Fotoromanzo Italiano (IT) works as a photo laboratory, pushing the boundaries of the photonovel genre, once a vivid element of the Italian imagistic culture. The collective aims to reinvent the photonovel practices by exploring the mix of text and image, adding a contemporary touch to the narratives and photography techniques.
Image: Orbital road, from the series Innamorati a Milano, 2018 © Fotoromanzo Italiano