THE MEIJBURG ART COMMISSION WINNER 2019: MARLEEN SLEEUWITS

Unseen Meijburg Award Ceremony 2019 © Maarten Nauw

During the latest edition of Unseen, Meijburg & Co and Unseen Amsterdam proudly announced that Marleen Sleeuwits had been selected as the winner of the Meijburg Art Commission 2019! This prestigious prize, supported by tax advisory firm KPMG Meijburg & Co, was in its fifth consecutive edition. Each year, all exhibiting artists at the Unseen Amsterdam Fair are invited to submit a proposal for a site-specific work for the KPMG Meijburg & Co offices. Sleeuwits was selected from a shortlist of five nominees. She received a project fund for the development of a new work that will become part of the company’s growing art collection.

Marleen Sleeuwits (b. 1980, NL) started her career by making studies of impersonal environments when they were empty and unoccupied. From photographing found settings in airports, hotels and offices, she graduated to shaping her own temporary interiors and sometimes objects that embody her own preoccupations. Large-scale and intensely detailed, Marleen’s photographs – devoid of people, furniture and even doors – draw the viewer into a space that is simultaneously alien and familiar. In her work, Sleeuwits explores the boundaries between two- and three-dimensional realities, and has recently experimented with building installations of her photographs, adding to their immersive power and completing the circle. Sleeuwits is represented by Galerie Bart in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Unseen Meijburg Award Ceremony 2019 © Maarten Nauw

The international jury for the Meijburg Art Commission 2019 consisted of Jason Baron (Creative Director of Photography, BBC Creative), Marta Weiss (Senior Curator, Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum) and Wilbert Kannekens (Managing Partner at KPMG Meijburg & Co).

Jury Statement:

‘We’re delighted to announce that Marleen Sleeuwits is this year’s winner of the Meijburg Art Commission! Sleeuwits’ project proposal really stood out because it embraced the unique opportunity to create a site-specific work for the Meijburg offices.

Interior No. 52 © Marleen Sleeuwits/Galerie Bart

The originality of Sleeuwits’ work was particularly appealing to the jury; her practice explores the parameters of photography by playing with the combination of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional installations, challenging our expectations of space.

Playfulness, intuition and experimentation are key aspects of Sleeuwits’ approach, and we’re confident that these ingredients will result in an inspiring artwork.’

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