Every year, the most promising graduates of the Rietveld Academie, according to an independent jury, are awarded for their final work(s) with a 'GRA Award'. The GRA Award consists of 1500 euro and the opportunity to take part in a special exhibition called SELECTED, that will take place this autumn.
The winners of this year's GRA Awards are: Juan De Porras-Isla Fernandez La Casta & Wouter Paijmans (Fine Arts department) Laura Klinkenberg (Jewellery department) and Baha Görkem Yalim (VAV Audiovisual department)
Comments on the work, taken from the jury rapport:
Juan De Porras-Isla Fernandez La Casta & Wouter Paijmans (winner category Autonomous Art)
'In their first year at the academy Juan De Porras-Isla and Wouter Paijmans were forced to work together. Now, after their individual journeys through the Fine Arts Department, they decided that what they started together should also end together. Although we might well distinguish Paijmans work and interests in painting and sculpture from De Porras’ teasing, computer generated videos, the jury wishes to emphasize the communication between the works. Together, they touch on the notion of returning to the physical object as a reaction to new but rapidly aging technologies.'
Laura Klinkenberg (Winner category Applied Arts)
'In four well-defined and well presented works, Laura Klinkenberg makes us –as humans- see the relations we have with our body and the bodies of others, both human and artificial, in a different light. In her works, instead of wearing we are worn, every handshake leaves a slight trace of gold on the hand shaken, and strangers can be uncomfortably locked into an intimate struggle through shared jewellery. Her overall presentation is a well thought of choice in combination of media. Klinkenberg’s work seems subtle as well as big, both profound in their consequences.'
Baha Görkem Yalim (Winner category Thesis)
'Baha Görkem Yalim’s thesis takes the reader on a literary and intellectual journey into the meaning of things: things in general, art things in particular. It starts with a piece of fictional writing that is very well done, and that more or less places the reader in the middle of things. But once he gets there the reader is confronted with a theoretical expose about the meaning of things. It kept the jury members on the edge of their seats. We will not try to summarize this daring, complicated treatise because we might fail; we just advise: read it and struggle with it. Things will never be the same again.'
The jury of the category Applied Arts was represented this year by independent curator and cultural advisor Joanna van der Zanden and Richard van der Laken, founder of De Designpolitie and What Design Can Do. For the category of Autonomous Arts the jury consisted of Roos Gortzak, director of Stichting Beeldende Kunst Middelburg / De Vleeshal, and Lorenzo Benedetti, director of the Appel Arts Centre in Amsterdam. The selection of the best Thesis was in the hands of art historian Sandra Smets and Xander Karskens, art historian and curator.
The Graduation Show is open for public until Sunday 5 July, 4PM.