Meijburg Art Commission 2016 Nominees

by Unseen July 13 2016

Meijburg & Co and Unseen are proud to announce the nominees for the second edition of the Meijburg Art Commission. The Meijburg Art Commission aims to discover talented artists whose multimedia work focuses on photography. The commission supports emerging artists in their career and offers them the opportunity to excel in their chosen discipline.

Yoko Ikeda (1965, Japan)
“My desire is to make precious and special images out of the things that exist in daily life that are humble and casual, extracting their beauty through the functions of my camera.”

Yoko Ikeda’s works feature various scenes of nature interwoven with the artificial, flavoured by her wit and humour. For the Meijburg Art Commission, she has proposed a grid consisting of photographs which capture the unexpected and unnoticed beauty of our daily environments. Ikeda studied at the Research Department of Tokyo College of Photography, where she graduated in 1995.  In 2013 she won the Philadelphia Museum of Art Purchase Award, after which she was awarded the Higashikawa New Photographer Award in 2016. Her work has been widely exhibited in Japan and incorporated in exhibitions in the United States. Her first solo exhibition in Europe was held at Ibasho Gallery, Antwerp in February 2016.  Ikeda has published two photography books: “Incoming Light (Le Pont Rouge, France, 2015) and “Monkey Puzzle” (Nazraeli Press, U.S., 2015).

1294-08, Chicago, IL USA, 2015 ©, Yoko Ikeda.jpg1294-08, Chicago, IL USA, 2015 © Yoko Ikeda

Mandy Barker (1964, United Kingdom)
“The aim of my work is to engage with and stimulate an emotional response in the viewer by combining a contradiction between initial aesthetic attraction with the subsequent message of awareness.”

Mandy Barker’s work involving marine plastic debris has received global recognition. Pursuing her strong drive to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans, Barker has proposed a unique new image in extension of her ongoing series of work, SOUP. This image would include everyday plastic objects recovered from beaches and oceans around the world, which would be displayed as a slowly moving projection on screen to give the viewer the impression that they are travelling through a sea of plastic. Mandy Barker mastered in photography at De Montfort University. She has exhibited internationally at FotoFest Biennal US, Foto Istanbul and the Singapore International Photography Festival.  In 2012 she was awarded the Royal Photographic Society Environmental Bursary to cross the Pacific Ocean as part of a marine plastic debris research expedition. Several prestigious awards followed, including the International Photography award in 2014 – Environmental Editorial and the LensCulture Earth Award of 2015. Barker has also been nominated several times for the prestigious Prix Pictet; the world’s leading photographic award in sustainability.

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Elspeth Diederix (1971, Kenya)
“There comes a moment when everyday objects lose their sense of familiarity, acquire another meaning and seem to become almost abstract.”

Elspeth Diederix began her artistic career with the study of sculpture and painting, but soon shifted towards photography, which she found to be a more effective measure for expressing her ideas.  Diederix purposely abstains from the use of digital manipulation techniques, instead using manual intervention to achieve special effects. In the past she has worked with still life photographs of flowers that are inspired by modern techniques of creating new colours and patterns on the petals of flowers. For the Meijburg Art Commission Diederix has proposed a new work which will be colourful and inviting but also encourage you to reflect on the boundary between imagination and reality.  Elspeth Diederix attended both the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam, where she currently lives and works.  Her portfolio includes commissioned work for Studio Wieki Somers, ING and Citizen M.

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Awoiska van der Molen (1972, Netherlands)
“Mostly I create my work without knowing how I will present it later. An experience like this (Applying for the Meijburg Art Commission) – producing a site specific work – challenges me in a different way, knowing it should add to and fit into an already existing situation.”

Awoiska van der Molen stands out as an artist who remains rooted in the riches of analogue photography, completing her large scale photographs in the dark room by hand. Her monochrome photographs are the result of long periods of sollitude spent in remote nature, during which she attempts to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs.  For the Meijburg Art Commission van der Molen would like to bring this nature into the public space of the Meijburg office with a large scale printed monochrome photo work. Van der Molen studied at the MFA Photography St. Joost Academy in Breda, the Netherlands and is currently based in Amsterdam.   In 2014 she received the Japanese Hariban Award. Consequently, her first publication ‘Sequester’ was nominated for the Paris Photo/Aperture First Book Prize. Two years later, Van der Molen hosted her first major museum – based solo show at FOAM Amsterdam. Her work has been exhibited at various locations including the Stedelijk Museum in  Amsterdam, Museo de Arte de Contemporaneo – Descubrimientos in Madrid, Kyotographie in Kyoto and FoMu in Antwerp.

Awoiska_Meijburg_proposal.jpgUntitled Sketch, 2016 © Awoiska van der Molen

Motohiro Takeda (1982, Japan) 
“In the dark room of the camera obscura, the boarder between interior and exterior, personal and public, abstract and representational, and imagination and reality merge. This blending of the seemingly opposite territories creates a strong sensation of being in a camera obscure.”

Motohori Takeda attended Parsons the New School for Design, where he received a BFA in photography in 2008.  During his time at Parsons Takeda grew fascinated with the camera obscura and more specifically with being inside the camera. This passion led him to pursue camera – less photography, which is now his forte. For the Meijburg Art Collection Takeda proposes a new camera obscura work featuring an iconic Amsterdam cityscape and a local person or a group of local people, with which he aims to represent the people and the community they belong to. In 2008, Takeda was awarded the Tierney Fellowship Grant and received an honourable mention for the Sidney Zuber photography award from InFocus Phoenix Art Museum. His work has been exhibited in various international venues including Unseen Photo Festival in Amsterdam, PhotoLondon, New York Photo Festival in Brooklyn, Photo España Descubrimientos PHE in Madrid, Ibasho Gallery in Antwerp, The Camera Club of New York, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Center for Fine Art Photography in Colorado, and Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco.

Untitled, from Another Sun, 2014 ©, Motohiro Takeda.jpgUntitled, 'from Another Sun', 2014 © Motohiro Takeda