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Lidwien van de Ven wins Dolf Henkes Prize 2014

Lidwien van de Ven is the winner of the Dolf Henkes Prize 2014, which is awarded every two years to an iconic Rotterdam artist. Jury van Caldenborgh, chairman of the jury, announced the winner to the public on Thursday evening 18 during the festive Award Ceremony. The jury was impressed by Lidwien van de Ven's engagement and the aesthetic way in which that engagement was subsequently depicted in her photos. Work by the winner and the three other nominees, Silvia B., Esther Kokmeijer and Ewoud van Rijn can be seen in TENT until 18 January.

From the jury report
The jury jointly weighed the oeuvres of the artists and the presentations in TENT. Silvia B. impressed by the care with which she had built the theatrical total installation in TENT down to the smallest details. Esther Kokmeijer surprised with the humorous and poetic power that comes from her work. The jury praised Ewoud van Rijn's courage to show a new development in his artistry in this presentation.
The jury was ultimately most affected by the social commitment of Lidwien van Ven and the aesthetic way in which that commitment was subsequently depicted in her photos. “Her works, on the other hand, show that what happens outside of the image of regular news photography and the issues of the day. Compared to our current world, in which it is normal to constantly want to show and see everything down to the most banal details, the layered work of Van de Ven is remarkably quiet and thoughtful ”, according to the jury. Lidwien van de Ven is the winner of the Dolf Henkes Prize 2014 and the associated 12.000 euro.

About the winner
The photography of Lidwien van de Ven (1963) focuses on major political and religious themes. Her work is shown internationally at the Busan Biennial (South Korea, 2012) and Documenta 12 (Germany, 2007), among others. She received the Charlotte Köhler Prize, the Maria Austria Award and the Stipendium Culture France for her photography and installations. Lidwien van de Ven lives and works in Rotterdam and Berlin.

Dolf Henkes Price
At the request of the Rotterdam artist Dolf Henkes (1903-1989), part of his legacy is intended for the biennial prize of 12.000 euros. The Dolf Henkes Prize has become the most important Rotterdam prize for visual artists and serves as recognition and encouragement of Rotterdam's art talent. Previous winners are Jeroen Eisinga, Erik van Lieshout, Melvin Moti, Lara Almarcegui and Gyz La Rivière.

Jury Dolf Henkes Prize 2014
Joop van Caldenborgh (art collector / chairman), Gyz La Rivière (winner of the Dolf Henkes Prize 2012), Marieke Wiegel (head of presentations at the Nederlands Fotomuseum) and Martijn Verhoeven (coordinator of Visual Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts The Hague).

Publication date: 18 / 12 / 2014

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