On the occasion of the second edition of the Han Nefkens Foundation_ProdArt 2016 Grant, we wish to express our satisfaction for this year’s high participation levels, with the reception of 28 proposals. We would also like to emphasize the high artistic quality and interest level of the applications, while acknowledging the international diversity of the presenting candidates.

The jury of the second Han Nefkens Foundation – UB Graduate Artists Grant 2015-2016 met on June 10, 2016, at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Barcelona. The jury was comprised of Han Nefkens (Foundation founder), Hilde Teerlinck (president and artistic director of the Han Nefkens Foundation), Sergi Aguilar (artist and director of the Fundació Suñol) and Àngels Viladomiu (artist and professor of the Master in Artistic Production and Research at the UB).

The 28 proposals presented by graduate artists and those currently in post-graduate programs were evaluated according to the following selection criteria: quality of the work presented; interest and viability of the project proposed; fulfilment of the special consideration whereby the winning project might contribute to the enrichment and development of the emerging artist’s career path.

The jury decided to award the grant of 5,000 € to Mònica Planes, for her project Jugar és habitar, habitar és construir, construir és destruir: joc de-construcció [Playing is Inhabiting, Inhabiting is Constructing, Constructing is Destroying: De-construction Game].

The jury placed particular value on the project’s poetic language, its interest in the treatment of space through drawing, photography and the object, and the contribution of its object and space-based research for the realm of toys and play.

The artist proposes the production of object-toys that would make it possible to generate an image of the territory that could be rebuilt, modified and rethought by means of the action of playing, so as to inhabit space in one’s own way. As Walter Benjamin said, “Toys are a reflection of the process of construction in society”.

Mònica Planes (Barcelona, 1992) is currently finishing her studies in the second year of the Masters in Artistic Production and Research, after graduating with a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Barcelona in 2014.

The Fundació Suñol collaborates with this grant by offering the Nivell Zero exhibition space to show the final results of the grant-winning project.