*1985, Paris, France, lives and works in London, UK
Recipient of the Portfolio Review Award (solo exhibition 2018 at NRW-Forum Düsseldorf)
Alix Marie’s work, which considers the photograph as object and engages with different mediums including photography and sculpture, is rooted in her explorations and notions of architecture and the body, as well as her personal experiences on a broader level. She is a young artist who has the ability to take her practice forward into new directions as she continues to explore its potential for materiality and three-dimensionality. The jury voted for Marie to win the exhibition prize of the Portfolio Review, in recognition of her innovative and sophisticated practice. She has a profound interest and knowledge of the subjects she explores and originates new and exciting projects that at once reflect on her surroundings and respond to the architecture and topography of the body and place.
*1990, Istanbul, Turkey, lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands
Recipient of the Portfolio Review Blitz Residency Award (one month residency at Blitz in Valletta, Malta)
Cihad Caner’s works is rooted in current social and political events, using photography, moving image and digital technologies to make work which questions and challenges how we interpret these current states. The use of digital technologies in his work is particularly interesting. Acknowledging the impossibility to capture or present an objective image Caner abandons documentary approaches to photography almost entirely, and instead uses objects or ephemera as the starting point. He then filters these ideas by processing them using digital technology such as 3D imaging which results in a flattening of the subject matter, often removed and abstracted from it original context. The jury believes that Caner is a good candidate for the Blitz residency in Valetta, Malta, due to his experience working in new environments combined with his experimental approach to current events and his use of emerging technologies.
*1984, Izmir, Turkey, lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey
Recipient of the Portfolio Review Prize (750,- Euro cash prize)
The jury decided to allocate the money prize of Portfolio Review 2017 to Özgür Atlagan for two main reasons. The first is the complexity of his practice, that puts photography, performance, sculpture and installation together. His multi-layered approach conveys a new look on the image, that becomes a part of a composite realm. The second reason is the comittment of Özgür Atlagan to the artistic scene in Ankara, Turkey. He is actively involved in the organization of events and initiatives that foster a participatory approach towards arts within the local community, contributing to create a critical awareness whose effects goes beyond his personal work.
*1991, Riga, Latvia, lives and works in Brussels, Belgium
Recipient of the Vistor Award (250,- Euro cash prize)
The Hike was a surprise in the Portfolio Review sessions for many reasons, not least that the jury and audience were allowed to laugh with this project’s realisation and its delivery by Liga (from Riga) Spunde. The project, loosely based on a bad journey with a boyfriend who turned out to be a very poor choice, lays out a Shakespearean tragedy in the gallery with all of the dark humour and effortless complexity necessary to make this personal experience accessible to an audience. The final project, enacted for Liga by two male actors, draws together complex sculptural forms, video pieces and hi-camp, Pierre et Gilles influenced photographs to recreate, physically, a landscape of poor choices and disappointments. The project was, unsurprisingly, voted the audience favourite; for which of us has not made a poor choice of friend or partner and paid the price? Not many have managed to enact revenge so precisely through an artwork though. The Hike is a monument to the wronged and a perfect response to the bastards of the world.
*1995, Bangkok, Thailand, lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand
Special mention by the jury
Harit Srikhao presented his series Whitewash, about his awakening towards the nationalist propaganda machine in Thailand. Opening his eyes to the signs of governmental brainwash, the beauty of Harit Srikhao’s photographs take you away into a dreamy world that at first sight doesn’t exactly seem to match up with the facts. Yet he describes the series as mental surgery, reversing the political brainwash imposed on his memory with collage in order to create his revised construction of reality. For an artist of his age, he presents an extremely thoughtful and mature body of work, that also stands out for its visual attractiveness. The jury is curious to see in what format and composition Srikhao will present Whitewash to the public and with this special mention we would like to encourage him to develop the presentation of his work.