Since 2001, the Foundation has awarded a stipend to a Swedish photographer, enabling him or her to work on a project in an international environment by spending September at Axel Munthe's Villa San Michele on the Italian island of Capri.
Axel Munthe (1857 -1949) was one of the most prominent Swedes of his time. As a physician, he made an international career, providing his services both to the very wealthy and to the victims of epidemics and natural disasters. Eventually he settled on the island of Capri, and purchased the villa through which he gave expression to his love of beauty, and his interest in art, architecture and nature. Late in life, he wrote The Story of San Michele, which has come to be one of the most widely read, sold, and translated books ever written by a Swede. Munthe bequeathed his property to the Swedish state, which operates the facilities as a museum and cultural center through the San Michele Foundation. Its aim is to reinforce the cultural ties between Italy and Sweden in many ways, including through grants to Swedish artists, authors, photographers, etc. to stay and work for some time at San Michele. More information may be found at www.villasanmichele.eu.
The stipend amounts to SEK 20,000 plus the rental cost of the accommodation.
Application for the San Michele Stipend 2015
Application deadline, March 1, 2015.
The San Michele stipend may only be applied for by photographers working and living in Sweden and by Swedish citizens residing abroad.
Katerina Mistal - recipient of the 2014 San Michele photography stipend
Katerina Mistal from Stockholm has been awarded the Hasselblad Foundation’s artist-in-residency stipend at Axel Munthe’s Villa San Michele on the Italian island of Capri. The stipend is worth SEK 20,000 and the Foundation will also pay rental costs for the villa.
Katerina Mistal will edit a photography book on her multiyear project Kustlinjer. It concerns the history, mobility and evolution of relationships in European borderlands and the children who live in Europe’s utmost frontiers. Katerina Mistal photographs children directly along the coastline, which in a concrete and symbolic way marks Europe’s geographical and political boundaries. The stipend gives the recipient time at San Michele to concentrate on the book’s preparation, texts and pictorial material.
The purpose of the San Michele stipend is to offer a residency overseas for work on a photographic project while also providing an opportunity to build international contacts within photography and other artistic disciplines.
The residency will take place in September 2014.
Previous Recipients of the San Michele Stipend:
2013 Niclas Östlind, Stockholm
2012 Lovisa Ringborg, Stockholm
2011 Maria Lantz, Stockholm
2010 André Wolff, Stockholm
2009 Daniel Hoflund, Stockholm
2008 Mikael Olsson, Göteborg
2007 Helena Blomqvist, Stockholm
2006 Mats Eriksson, Enskede
2005 Catharina Gotby, Stockholm
2004 Dana Sederowsky, Göteborg
2003 Sofia Änghede, Kristianstad
2002 Leena Jokela, Hägersten
2001 Lennart Alves, Malmö