Shortlist Prix de Rome Visual Arts 2019 announced
The international jury of the Prix de Rome has selected four visual artists for the shortlist of the Prix de Rome 2019. The nominees are: Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen, Esiri Erheriene-Essi, Femke Herregraven and Rory Pilgrim.

Each artist will receive a working budget and will be given the opportunity to create new work during a five-month period. The work will be exhibited at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam from 19 October 2019. Based on the new work, the jury will announce the winner out of the four finalists. The winning artist will receive 40,000 euros and a residency at the American Academy in Rome.

The jury was impressed by the high quality of work from the participating artists. Emphasizing the Prix de Rome’s mission to act as a springboard for artists, the jury selected artists who are not yet fully established in their career but whose practices were seen as focused and well-defined. All finalists contribute to current and relevant conversations in contemporary art. In addition, in their selection, the jury looked for a range of artistic approaches and themes. The four finalists offer, each in their own way, in method, style and narrative, a poetic form of social engagement. The jury is very much looking forward to the projects that the four artists will develop during the forthcoming months.

The collaboration between Sander Breure (1985) and Witte van Hulzen (1984) started ten years ago by making dance performances. Since then, they’ve moved to the field of visual arts as a platform for performances, videos and sculptures. An important source of their work is a dramaturgical analysis of daily life and their observations of human behavior. The jury appreciates the ways in which they develop and formulate their observations to build richly imaginative stories.
Sander Breure & Witte van Hulzen were nominated by Nathanja van Dijk.

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