The ING Unseen Talent Award is an initiative of ING and Unseen that gives new European photography talent a stage to present their work on a global scale. ING sees an important role for artists within society for their often provocative and insightful perspectives on societal changes. Stemming from ING’s mission to enhance a culture of innovation and change, the incentive photo award for new talent was initiated in collaboration with Unseen six years ago.
The ING Unseen Talent Programme encourages emerging artists to explore the boundaries of contemporary photography and helps them kick-start their career. It introduces the finalists to extensive networks, providing support from experts and opportunities to exchange ideas with photography professionals. This year, the programme will be led by the internationally established British installation artist, filmmaker and photographer, Isaac Julien. Under his supervision, the selected artists will create new work within the theme New Horizons: Exploring the promise and perils of the future.
The winner of the ING Unseen Talent Award 2018 will be chosen by an international jury, including Emma Bowkett (Director of Photography, FT Weekend Magazine), Florian Ebner (Chief of Photography, Centre Pompidou), Fiona Tan (internationally renowned visual artist and filmmaker) and Sanne ten Brink (Head Curator, ING Collection) and will receive a €10,000 project production fund. In addition to the Jury Prize, a Public Prize will also be awarded to the finalist with the most online votes. The winner of the Public Prize will receive a commission to create new work for the ING Collection.
Both winners will be announced at the ING Unseen Talent Award Ceremony during the official opening night of Unseen Amsterdam on the 20th of September 2018.
Dávid Biró (1992, Hungary) Biró is fascinated by the influence of technology on human perception, and the way we look at photographic images. He views the camera as an extension of human sight and tries to examine our concept of reality and knowledge.
Jaakko Kahilaniemi (1988, Finland) In his work, Kahilaniemi aims to understand nature and the world around him by exposing the effects of humankind on the environment.
He continuously challenges himself to try and find new ways of increasing his understanding and knowledge through visual perspectives.
Pauline Niks (1982, Netherlands) Niks’ latest work illustrates replicated architecture in China, a prime example of which is the Great Wall — whose copies can be found in several places around the world. By highlighting these structures, Niks questions the so-called authenticity of documentary photography.
Eva O’Leary (1988, Ireland) O’Leary’s lively images focus on the perception of mainstream media and the effect this has on society and the artist herself. Through her work, O’Leary poses questions about feminism, heritage and personal identity.
Alexey Shlyk (1986, Belarus) Taking inspiration from the DIY culture of his homeland during the Soviet era, photographer Alexey Shlyk’s series of playfully staged photographs explores craftsmanship and resourcefulness.
21-23 September 2018