Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award 2021

Image: Gaudalupe Maravilla, Disease Thrower #10, 2020.
Courtesy of Guadalupe Maravilla and P·P·O·W, New York.


Guadalupe Maravilla

Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award

The Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award has named Brooklyn-based artist Guadalupe Maravilla as the second-ever winner. As part of winning of the prize, Guadalupe Maravilla will have a solo show next year at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Høvikodden, Norway, which administers the award. Marvailla’s interdisciplinary practice looks at how healing from trauma, displacement and illness, might be achieved through nature and sound. His practice as a whole, draw on Maravilla’s own life story. Guadalupe Maravilla was born in El Salvador in 1976, and later migrated from the country as an unaccompanied minor during the country’s civil war, in the 1980s. In 2011, when he was 35, he was diagnosed with stage-three colon cancer and has been cancer-free since 2013.

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Felix Schoeller Photo Award 2021

Image: Emeke Obanor, Heroes.


Emeke Obanor

German Peace Prize for Photography

Nigerian photographer Emeke Obanor won the German Peace Prize for Photography with his photo series titled Heroes. His work features young women who have the courage to return to school in the hope of a better and free life after being held captive by the Boko Haram sect, a terrorist group operating in Nigeria. During their captivity, the abducted girls were forced to spend several hours a day in training sessions to radicalize them against Western education. A few pictorial elements, a globe, colored pens or a book cover their faces to protect them in their anonymity and at the same time represent metaphors of opening up to the world and of leaving through education.

Image: Shirin Abedi, May I Have This Dance?


Shirin Abedi

Best Work by an Emerging Photographer

Shirin Abedi won the Best Work by an Emerging Photographer. Born in 1996 in Tehran, she immigrated to Germany at the age of seven. Since then, she has lived a parallel existence between two cultures. She is mainly interested in subjects around emancipation, identity and everyday heroes and their struggles. With her series May I Have This Dance?, Shirin Abedi shows us a forbidden art from her country of origin. In vivid and sensitive images, she recounts the passion for dance, which in Iran is also a symbol of peaceful resistance against the traditional Islamic society.

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Creator Labs Photo Fund

Image: Shawn Bush, Sublimated Notation, 2020, from the series Angle of Draw.


Creator Labs Photo Fund

Aperture and Google’s Creator Labs teamed up to launch a new initiative, the Creator Labs Photo Fund, aimed at providing financial support to photographers in the wake of COVID-19. Selected by Aperture’s editors, the twenty winning artists are recognized for their exceptional vision as well as the strength and originality of their portfolios.
The winners of the Creator Labs Photo Fund are: Daveed Baptiste, Adraint Bereal, Shawn Bush, Jasmine Clarke, Matt Eich, Arielle Gray, Naomieh Jovin, Priya Suresh Kambli, Tommy Kha, Sydney Mieko King, Miguel Limon, Sophie Lopez, Giancarlo Montes Santangelo,
Alana Perino, Jade Thiraswas, Bryan Thomas, Maximilian Thuemler, Allie Tsubota, Aaron Turner and Jasmine Veronica.

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Prix Liliane Bettencourt
pour l’intelligence de la main 2021

Image: Karl Mazlo, Black Garden.


Karl Mazlo

Talents d’exception

Talents d’exception rewards an artisan for the realization of an innovative work resulting from a perfect mastery of the techniques and know-how of an art profession and contributing to its evolution. Karl Mazlo, craftsman jeweler, is rewarded for his work Black Garden. Black Garden is a sculpture where a ring and its receptacle coexist. The piece is above all the expression of a manifesto: bringing a different perspective to the jewel by giving it as much importance as its staging. Abandoning the use of precious stones, the jeweler mixed gold with damascus steel, the forging techniques of which he learned during his residency at Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto. The whole piece was then polished. The metal has been blackened with an elaborate green tea-based patina.

Image: Institut technologique européen des métiers de la musique.
© Sophie Zénon for the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller


Institut technologique européen des métiers de la musique


Parcours, created in 2014, highlights an exemplary personality for his commitment, his achievements, his contribution to the French crafts sector, his exemplary nature, his ability to lead others, his ambition and his plans for the future. Parcours 2021 is awarded to the ITEMM, Institut technologique européen des métiers de la musique. Created in Le Mans in 1990 under the impetus of the European Parliament, the ITEMM takes up many challenges: a training center for the instrumental making professions, a professional training center for luthiers and instrument repairers, a research and innovation center at the service of professionals and learners.

Image: Grégory Rosenblat, Nicolas Lelièvre and Florian Brillet, Aotsugi, Limoges.


Grégory Rosenblat, Nicolas Lelièvre and Florian Brillet


Dialogues encourages the innovative collaboration of a craftsman and a designer and salutes a work illustrating an exceptional know-how and the richness of this collaboration. Dialogues 2021 is attributed to Grégory Rosenblat, porcelain maker and ceramist, Nicolas Lelièvre and Florian Brillet, designers, for their work Aotsugi. Aotsugi is a set of 20 porcelain pieces, permanently installed in downtown Limoges, all inspired by Japanese kintsugi. This ancestral technique makes repair an art in its own right, thanks to the use of delicate fine gold joints that restore a porcelain object by highlighting its cracks. With the Aotsugi project, porcelain is used as a repair material that interferes with interstices, cracks and vacant spaces in the city.

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Premiere Classe x Eyes on Talents Award 2021

Image: Evgeniia Kazarezova, Wearable vase. © Lubo Baran


Evgeniia Kazarezova

Premiere Classe x Eyes on Talents Award

Evgeniia Kazarezova won the first edition of the Premiere Classe x Eyes on Talents Award with her creation Wearable vase. The award wishes to reward talents for their creativity and their ability to reinvent themselves and continue to develop their creations through the pandemic context.
Former architect and interior designer, Evgeniia Kazarezova founded ZHENI a ceramic design studio based in Bratislava, Slovakia. She created Wearable vase, an accessory that allows flowers to be worn as part of an all-day outfit. The interaction of man and nature through design and craftsmanship is the main theme of Evgeniia's projects. While respecting the environment, she creates intermediate objects that put this connection into practice.

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