ING Unseen Talent Award

by Unseen July 10 2017

ING Unseen Talent Award 2017

Andrea Grützner (DE, 1984) has been awarded the Jury Prize for the fifth edition of the ING Unseen Talent Award! Grützner’s work, titled Hive, addresses how architecture often acts as a metaphor for orientation or alienation. As the winner of the Jury Prize, Grützner has received a €10.000 award to fund the new project. With this award emerging photography talent is nurtured and given a platform to present their work on a global scale to help shape the future of photography.

Five exceptional artists were selected to participate in the fifth edition of the ING Unseen Talent Award. They are: Tom Callemin (BE, 1991), Andrea Grützner (DE, 1984), Alexandra Lethbridge (UK, 1987), Robin Lopvet (FR, 1990) and Stefanie Moshammer (AT, 1988).

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

ING Unseen Talent Programme
The finalists were rewarded with an extensive Talent Programme, led by the internationally renowned British artist Nadav Kander, and a commission for the ING Collection. During this coaching course the selected artists created a final work within the theme Common Ground; encouraging the discovery of similarities amongst differences. The photographic works from the finalists were on display during Unseen Amsterdam 2017 at the ING Unseen Lounge.

International Jury
The ING Unseen Talent Award winner was selected by a jury of international professionals consisting of Francis Hodgson (Professor in Culture of Photography University of Brighton, Founder Prix Pictet & Former Head of Photographs Department Sotheby’s), Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Professor Exhibition Studies and Spatiality, University of Arts Helsinki) and Maryam Eisler (Photographer, Trustee of Whitechapel, Co-Chair of Tate’s MENAAC & Unseen Ambassador), Dana Lixenberg (Photographer), Darius Sanai (Editor in Chief, Condé Nast).

The 2017 ING Unseen Talent Award longlist consisted of: Gema Polanco Aseni (SP), Tom Callemin (BE), Juno Calypso (UK), Aruanà Canevascini (CH), Carmen Catuti (DU), Rebekka Deubner (FR), Nickel van Duijvenboden (NL), Mazaccio & Drowilal (FR), Dominika Gesicka (PL), Andrea Grützner (DU), Dominic Hawgood (UK), Alex Heide (DU), Irena Kalicka (PL), Vendula Knopová (CZ), Alexandra Lethbridge (UK), Robin Lopvet (FR), Abel Minnée (NL), Stefanie Moshammer (AU), Ryan Moule (UK), Quoc-van Ninh (DU), Panagiotis Papoutsis (GR), Peter Watkins (UK), Barbara Traver (SP).

Public Prize 
Robin Lopvet (FR, 1990) won the Public Prize with his series Économie de marché (Market economy), and has been awarded a commission to create new work for the ING Collection.

Read more about past editions here.

Photo: ING Unseen Talent Award Ceromony, 2017 © Maarten Nauw

See the videos of the 2017 finalists below