26.07.2015 - 04.10.2015

TENT Academy Awards 2015


Art critics, curators and film experts visited Dutch and Italian art academies this summer to find and select the best video art talent for the upcoming TENT Academy Awards 2015. A jury of experts led by Franziska Nori (director Frankfurter Kunstverein) selected the winners who are granted an artist-in-residence position abroad. On Friday 17 July at 20:00 hours, Cinerama screened the selected films, documentaries and animations, and hosted the award ceremony. The nominated works are on view in TENT until 27 September. Afterwards, the selection will travel to various art and film festivals, in the Netherlands and abroad.

Sara Bachour won the TENT Academy Award 2015. Her winning film Fables consists of twelve short stories about how and why animals changed into objects. Bachour is granted an artist-in-residence at Careof in Milano, Italy, and a working budget of 1500 euro. The collective Aves Project (Demetrio Giacomelli, Matteo Gatti en Matteo Signorelli) won the Best Foreign Film Award. The film shows humans participating in the reproduction of toads around lake Como. Gideon van der Stelt won the Audience Award with his film Raderen. 

International jury of experts 2015
This year, the jury once again consisted of internationally noted professionals from the art world. Franziska Nori is an art historian, and curator and director of Frankfurter Kunstverein. Lorenzo Benedetti, former director of De Vleeshal in Middelburg, currently serves as director of de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam. Gabriëlle Schleijpen is director of the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem. Alberto de Michele won the 2011 Short Film Nomination for the European Film Awards and studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

Dutch scouts
The following professionals from the film and art world haveselected the talent during the graduation shows of the art academies: Natasha Hoare (associate curator Witte de With Center for Contempoary Art), Mark Paul Meyer (senior curator expanded cinema voor EYE Film Instituut Nederland), Pietje Tegenbosch en Martin van Vreden (gallerists Tegenbosch & Van Vreden), Daniela Apice (gallerist Apice for Artists), Elly Stegeman (curator contemporary art at Stedelijk Museum Den Bosch), Mare van Koningsveld (independent curator), Maria Schnyder (assistant curator Museum de Pont), Saskia van Stein (artistic director Bureau Europa), Eelco van der Lingen (director Nest), Julia Geerlings (independent curator and writer) en Rianne Groen (gallerist Rianne Groen Gallery).

Guest Country: Italy
Every year TENT invites a guest country for international cooperation and cultural exchange. This year Italy has been selected as guest country of the TAA to mark the Venice Biennale and Universal Exposition 2015 in Milan. While established names and internationally renowned artists take center stage at these two events, TAA focuses on young Italian video art talent. Eugenio Viola (curator at large at MADRE, Naples), art producer Rossana Miele, art historian/curator Patricia Pulles, artist Luca Trevisani (course instructor at the Venice art academy), and Chiara Agnello (artistic director of Careof) selected at Italian art academies. The Dutch winner of the TENT Academy Awards will be granted a residency at Careof, a non-profit exhibition space for contemporary art in Milan.

Shortlist The Netherlands
Gideon van der Stelt, Gerrit Rietveld Academie – Amsterdam, scout Mark Paul Meyer
Hilde Onis, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten – Enschede, scout Maria Schnyder
Joanne Hakkert, ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten- Arnhem, scout Pietje Tegenbosch and Martin van Vreden
Sara Bachour, Academie Beeldende Kunsten – Maastricht, Saskia van Stein
Melissa Martens, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten – Utrecht, Eelco van der Lingen
Ennya Larmit, AKV|St.Joost – Breda, Julia Geerlings
Roderik Rotting, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten – Den Haag, Jaring Dürst Britt
Alwin Ritstier, Willem de Kooning Academie – Rotterdam, Natasha Hoare

Shortlist Italy
Alberto Costanzo, Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, scout Rossana Miele
Aleksandra Czuba , Accademia di Belle Arti di Roma, scout Pier Paolo Pancotto
AVES PROJECT (student collective consisting of Demetrio Giacomelli, Matteo Gatti, and Matteo Signorelli), Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milano, scout Chiara Agnelllo
Alessia Vecchio, Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna, scout Patricia Pulles

Ginger and Milk
This year’s graphic identity of the TENT Academy Awards was developed by Ginger and Milk, a young graphic design studio located in Rotterdam.

Awardshow and screening TENT Academy Awards: Friday 17 July 2015, 20.00 hours at Cinerama
Exhibition TENT Academy Awards: 17 July – 27 September 2015 at TENT