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The Victor Fellowships 2014

The aim of the Hasselblad Foundation’s prestigious educational fellowships in photography, the Victor Fellowships, is to encourage continued education on a post-graduate level at well-reputed institutions outside the Nordic countries. Two fellowships will be awarded- one for a one-year Master’s program in England and the other for a six-month residency program in the United States.

The winners of the fellowships are selected on the basis of a competition, in which 8-10 nominated finalists participate in the exhibition New Nordic Photography at Hasselblad Center.  At the opening of the show internationally renowned experts in photography, commissioned by the Foundation, will select the winners.

The winner of the 2014 Victor Fellowship in the Bachelor group will be offered a one-year Master’s program at either the Glasgow School of Art or at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

The winner of the 2014 Victor Fellowship in the Master group will be offered a six-month residency program at ISCP in Brooklyn, New York.

For eligibility and application instructions go to “How to apply”.

 

 

 

 

Application for the Victor Fellowships 2015

Here you will find information and application form for the Victor Fellowships.
Application deadline: March 1, 2015

 

 

 

2014 Victor Fellowship - master´s level

Lotta Törnroth (f 1981) who receives a Master of Arts-exam at Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, 2014 has been selected to receive the 2014 Victor Fellowship in the group of applicants with postgraduate degrees.

The judges, Anna Fox, Photographer and Professor in Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Thomas Joshua Cooper, Professor of Fine Art at The Glasgow Scool of Art motivated their choice as follows:

Narratives from the Sea is a poetic exploration of our relationship to a wilderness surrounded by the sea and to the mystery of darkness that might be the sea itself. In this story Lotta deals with the stuff you can’t see. Parts of the invisible become visible. This work suggests fragments to remind us of both the physical nature of the coast line and of the sea, as well of the possibility of what might happen out there – in the dark. The blink of the lighthouse light that repeats through much of Lotta’s imagery is compelling. It resembles the ephemeral blink of the light of a life and also physically functions to remind us of the presence of the author, a young woman fascinated by the sea.

Narratives from the Sea reflects on the nature of existence and the problems associated with living on an edge, somewhere between desire and fear. The work is an inversion of what is typically a male narrative in contemporary art – it refuses the heroic and instead voices the vulnerable that comes from within.

The lights of lighthouses; they call, they beckon and they warn and yet in this series they seem not to have warned well enough. The beam compells us  to look at the fragility of human life in relation to the ravages of the sea. This work is not simply a set of beautiful photographs (which they are) it is an installation that combines specific texts presented in sculptural form. These sculptural texts allude to a more complex unraveling of our desire in relationship to the sea. They bring both a literary history and a philosophical enquiry into the frame.

 

 

2013 Victor Fellowship - master´s level

Savas Boyraz who receives a Master of Fine Art at Konstfack - University College of Arts, Crafts and Design, Stockholm, 2013, has been selected to receive the 2013 Victor Fellowship in the group of applicants with postgraduate degrees.

The judges, Anna Fox, Photographer and Professor in Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Thomas Joshua Cooper, Professor of Fine Art at The Glasgow Scool of Art motivated their choice as follows:

The project Invisible landscapes and Forbidden Exhibitions demonstrates a powerful commit ent to the important issues of out time - to record and make comment on the human events that frequently get neglected and pass unseen. His lyrical video work has an intimacy that brings us compellingly close to a story that we otherwise would not know. He does it clearly and potently through a constructed, time-based performance, with his characters operating in real time and in real life.  This is a classic story that represents loss, struggle and survival. A terrible story about a group of rural Kurdish “traders/smugglers” who were savagely attacked by the Turkish military on a routine trip across the mountainous borderlands that divide their homes and families. Many lives were lost.
Savas’ dramatic style hovers between the visual quality of the great Western films and the contemporary realism of documentary story telling.  Savas has a great eye for a picture and a compelling ability to locate his subjects truly within their landscape and their story. The viewer’s belief and understanding is upheld by both the simplicity of Savas’ visual framing and the intelligence of his narrative structure.
It is extraordinary that this film was made single handedly. Ultimately, this is a troubling film where political activism in art is seen at its best.

2013 Victor Fellowship - bachelor´s level

Malin Bernalt from Stockholm, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography at at Valand Fine Art Academy, has been selected to receive the 2013 Victor Fellowship amongst the graduates from undergraduate programs.

The judges, Anna Fox, Photographer and Professor in Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Thomas Joshua Cooper, Professor of Fine Art at The Glasgow Scool of Art motivated their choice as follows:

“This is not my Revolution” speaks for itself – Malin’s work about protest, war and destruction strikes at the heart of our anxiety. She reminds us of how inured we are to brutality in a media saturated world. Her use of formalism and repetition question the throw away nature of much journalistic and vernacular photography coming out of conflict zones and instead she asks us, the viewers, to contemplate war or riot from a different perspective. This perspective has been created through divorcing the subjects from their reality, constructing a kind of intangible anonymity functioning to implicate us all.  Our favorites of her works are the burnt objects and flags that act as traces of political incidents. Remnants from protests, these charred remains, suspended in the snow covered ground where she photographed them, act as metaphors for the crushing of the act of protest around the world. Each burnt object a scar floating in ice – a moment of social activism preserved.

 

2012 Victor Fellowship - master´s level

Tonje Bøe Birkeland who receives a Master of Fine Art at Kunst- och Designhøgskolen i Bergen, Norge 2012, has been selected to receive the 2012 Victor Fellowship in the group of applicants with postgraduate degrees.

The judges, Anna Fox, Photographer and Professor in Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Thomas Joshua Cooper, Professor of Fine Art at The Glasgow Scool of Art motivated their choice as follows:

This years Masters winner of the Victor Fellowship is Tonje Bøe Birkeland for her project Letters from Mongolia. In this dramatic series Tonja exploits her natural quest for adventure through the fabrication of a truly believable alter ego Tuva Tengel. Through Tuva Tonje escapes the familiarity of urban life for the exoticism of the Gobi desert and there invents the performative circumstances that allows us to believe in the activities of this intrepid female explorer.  Her ambitious large scale photographs are beautifully realized transporting us entirely and imaginatively into the described landscapes of the Gobi and into the mind of her female explorer.

 

2012 Victor Fellowship - bachelor´s level

Linda Maria Varoma from Finland, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography at at the Yrkeshögskolan Novia, Finland, 2011, has been selected to receive the 2012 Victor Fellowship amongst the graduates from undergraduate programs.

The judges, Anna Fox, Photographer and Professor in Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham and Thomas Joshua Cooper, Professor of Fine Art at The Glasgow Scool of Art motivated their choice as follows:

This years Bachelors winner of the Victor Fellowship is Linda Maria Varoma for her series The Singing Neighbour. This typological series of song stages reveals an open and enquiring attitude to the world and suggests an interpretation of the stories of specific communities – the text that accompanies this work introduces a deeper narrative meaning that has a real sense of social and cultural enquiry. There is a strange precision to these photographs and a particular sensitivity to colour – the delicacy of this work underpins an abiding sense of fragility turning these formal compositions into images with collective histories lurking behind them.

 

2011 Victor Fellowship - master´s level

David Molander, from Stockholm, who received a Master of Fine Art at the School of Photography, Gothenburg University 2010, has been selected to receive the 2011 Victor Fellowship in the group of applicants with postgraduate degrees.

The judges, Anne Williams, Programme Director for Photography, London College of Communication and Anna Fox, Photographer and Professor in Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham motivated their choice as follows:

In his video installation, Through Bridges, David Molander assaults our senses with his fictionalized appropriation of the modern city. In these labyrinthine underspaces his camera scans the environment like the mechanical eye of a video gamer. His highly accomplished montages create vertiginous voids that are terrifying yet seductive.  This filmic work hovers as if always at the beginning, replaying the tense narrative to an expectant audience.

2011 Victor Fellowship - bachelor´s level

Joachim Fleinert from Denmark, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography at at the School of Photography, Gothenburg University, 2011, has been selected to receive the 2011 Victor Fellowship amongst the graduates from undergraduate programs.

The judges, Anne Williams, Programme Director for Photography, London College of Communication and Anna Fox, Photographer and Programme Director for Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham motivated their choice as follows:

Joachim’s playful work is concerned with the fragility of the archive and who has the power to preserve or destroy the evidential traces it contains. These, beautifully designed, surreal juxtapostitons and transgressive acts mischievously disrupt our desire to categorise and preserve. He asks us do we really know what we are looking at and why?

 

2010 Victor Fellowship - master´s level

Lovisa Ringborg, from Gothenburg, who received a Master of Fine Art at the School of Photography, Gothenburg University 2008, has been selected to receive the 2010 Victor Fellowship in the group of applicants with postgraduate degrees.

The judges, Anne Williams, Programme Director for Photography, London College of Communication and Anna Fox, Photographer and Professor in Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham motivated their choice as follows:

The Masters level prize we have decided to award to Lovisa Ringborg. Lovisa originally trained as a painter and this is reflected in her approach to photography. Her carefully composed and executed photographs embrace photography's natural relationship to theatre exploring fragile and ambivalent states of mind about which the viewer can only speculate. These extraordinarily beautiful images entrance and intrigue the viewer. Lovisa, who is already an accomplished artist, will undoubtedly find New York a stimulating environment in which to further develop her work.

2010 Victor Fellowship - bachelor´s level

Nelli Palomäki from Helsinki, Finland, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography at Arts Academy at turku Univeristy of Applied Sciencest, has been selected to receive the 2010 Victor Fellowship amongst the graduates from undergraduate programs.

The judges, Anne Williams, Programme Director for Photography, London College of Communication and Anna Fox, Photographer and Programme Director for Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham motivated their choice as follows:

The Bachelors level prize this year is awarded to Nelli Palomaki for her compelling black and white portraits. Nelli is clearly naturally curious about people and the world around her. Finding her subjects in the streets and persuading them to be photographed she has created a series of haunting images. Eyes stare disconcertingly out of the carefully composed frames as if they have been drawn together as witnesses to an event; they possess an uncanny relationship to time. These are truly beautiful photographs in every respect and are reminiscent of some of the great portrait photographers.

 

2009 Victor Fellowship - master´s level

Mattias Ericsson from Umeå, who received a Master of Fine Arts at Umeå University 2009, has been selected to receive the 2009 Victor Fellowship in the group of applicants with postgraduate degrees.

The judges, Anne Williams, Programme Director for Photography, London College of Communication and Anna Fox, Photographer and Programme Director for Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham motivated their choice as follows:

The Master’s level prize we have decided to award to Mattias Ericsson whose prolific work seeks to photograph the everyday in a manner that works through both his life and photography itself. The work represents an extraordinary dedication to practice and the installation is exquisite: the combination of archival presentation and video montage reflects the non-linear relationship that we all have to our past and present. This work is both beautifully shot and exceptionally clever. Through his use of the fractured narrative Ericsson draws the viewer/audience into his search for capturing and re-capturing and re-capturing life alongside a questioning of the relationship his photographic practice plays in this.

2009 Victor Fellowship - bachelor´s level

Mårten Lange from Göteborg, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Photography at the School of Photography at Göteborg University 2009, has been selected to receive the 2009 Victor Fellowship amongst the graduates from undergraduate programs.

The judges, Anne Williams, Programme Director for Photography, London College of Communication and Anna Fox, Photographer and Programme Director for Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham motivated their choice as follows:

The Bachelor's level prize this year is awarded to Mårten Lange for his stunning black white photographs of banal spaces transformed, by his visual ability, into illusory monuments combining notions of abstraction and fact that reduce the subjects to a minimal recording and so makes us re think our perspective on the everyday. The photographs are perfectly composed and beautifully produced for the exhibition. Lange clearly has an exceptional understanding of the medium of photography and the significance of the photograph as a minimalist object in itself.

The 2008 Victor Fellowship recipient

Preben Holst from Norway, who received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art in Norway 2007, has been selected to receive the 2008 Victor Fellowship for his exhibition Still life.

The judges, Anne Williams, Programme Director for Photography, London College of Communication and Anna Fox, Photographer and Programme Director for Photography, The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham motivated their choice as follows:

Preben's work is a remarkable depiction of childhood that emerges from personal memory yet enters into a territory that touches on our collective memory - or rather fantasy - of childhood. He works, as he says himself, somewhere between anxiety and tranquility. What is conveyed, so successfully, is a sense of the ambiguity of an almost Edenic world, aware of its own imminent demise. This body of work stands out because it is conceptually engaging as well as highly accomplished aesthetically, both in terms of its photographic quality and its skilful use of installation, bringing to life the fascinating multi layered narrative running through the work.

Preben Holst will now pursue one year of postgraduate academic studies in United Kingdom at either The London College of Communication, London or at The University for the Creative Arts, Farnham with the prize sum of SEK 200,000 to cover tuition fees, housing, etc.

The finalists were 9 nominated candidates. Their work was displayed, along with the work of last year's recipient Anna Linderstam, in the exhibit New Nordic Photography- Common Grounds at the Hasselblad Center from June 14 to August 24, 2008.

 
The 2007 Victor Fellowship Recipient

Anna Linderstam from Stockholm, who completed the degree Bachelor of Arts in photography at the School of Photography, University of Gothenburg, in 2005, has been selected to receive the 2007 Victor Fellowship for her exhibition Room 111.

The judges, Anne Williams, Programme Director for Photography, London College of Communication and Karen Knorr, Photographer and Senior Lecturer, The University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham gave the following citation for their choice:

Anna has produced a series of powerful portraits that challenge and unsettle the viewer, yet this is only one of a number of projects forming a sustained investigation of psychological portraiture. She has a research based work process that we can see has the clear potential to develop in a number of different directions.

Anna Linderstam will now pursue one year of postgraduate academic studies in the United Kingdom at either London College of Communication, London or at University College for the Creative Arts in Farnham with the prize sum of SEK 200,000 to cover tuition fees, housing, etc.

The finalists were 10 nominated candidates. Their work was displayed together with the work of last year's recipient Daniel Andersson, in the New Nordic Photography at the Hasselblad Center during summer 2007.

 

The 2006 Victor Fellowship Recipient

Daniel Andersson, who will graduate in June 2006 from the University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, has been selected to receive the 2006 Victor Fellowship for his exhibition Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes.

The judges, Anne Williams, Programme Director for Photography, London College of Communication and Anna Fox, Programme Director for Photography, The University College for the Creative Arts, Farnham gave the following citation for their choice:

Daniel's work demonstrates a fascination with the widest possibilities of photography. It is an experimental and intriguing body of work that speaks loudly of his curiosity about the world, it is humorous and intelligent and proposes a way of looking at that world that is highly unexpected.

Daniel will now pursue one year of postgraduate academic studies in the United Kingdom at either London College of Communication, London or at University College for the Creative Arts in Farnham with the prize sum of SEK 200,000 to cover tuition fees, housing, etc.

The finalists were 10 nominated candidates. Their work was displayed together with the work of last year's recipient Hyun-Jin Kwak, in the exhibit New Nordic Photography at the Hasselblad Center during summer 2006.

 

The 2005 Victor Fellowship Recipient

Hyun-Jin Kwak, who will graduate in June 2005 from the University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, has been selected to receive the 2005 Victor Fellowship for her exhibition Girls in Uniform.

The judge, Mr. Timothy Persons, Director of Professional Studies at University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland gave the following citation for his choice:

"My choice of Hyun-Jin Kwak is based upon the totality of concepts, combined with technical excellence. I honour the courage it takes to face, challenge and learn from the visible and invisible uniforms we all wear, whatever society we live in."

Hyun-Jin Kwak will now pursue a one year individually tailored programme of studies at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland for the sum of SEK 150,000 to cover tuition fees, housing, etc.

The finalists were five nominated candidates, and their works were displayed, together with the work of six other Swedish photographers, in the exhibit New Swedish Photography at the Hasselblad Center during summer 2005.

 

The 2004 Victor Fellowship Recipient

Pernilla Zetterman, a 2002 graduate of the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm was selected as the first recipient of this new stipend "The Victor fellowship" for her exhibition Closeness and Power.

The judge Timothy Persons, Director of Professional Studies at University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland gave the following citation for his choice:

In my choice of Pernilla Zetterman I felt she best connected the concept to the reality of the presentation, creating the whole picture. Her work abstracts the idea from the notion of what we think we are looking at. With that insight, we can re-evaluate the perception of ourselves.

Pernilla Zetterman will now pursue a one-year tailor-made program at the School of Visual Culture, University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland, with the prize sum of SEK 150,000 to cover tuition fees, housing, etc.

The finalists, five nominated candidates, participated in an exhibition where their works were displayed alongside those of six other Swedish photographers: New Swedish Photography, at the Hasselblad Center during spring 2004.

 

About the Fellowships

The 2014 recipients

Previous recipients

Application forms 2015