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Eunhee Lee wins the Han Nefkens Foundation - Loop Barcelona Vide Art Production Grant 2023

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We are happy to announce that artist Eunhee Lee (b.1990, South Korea) is the recipient of the Han Nefkens Foundation - Loop Barcelona Video Art Production Grant 2023, in collaboration with Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; MoCA Museum, Taipei; ILHAM, Kuala Lumpur; Art Hub Copenhagen, and Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing.

Eunhee Lee was selected by the directors and curators of each partner institution, in meetings moderated by Han Nefkens, Founder of the Han Nefkens Foundation.

The Jury stated - " We have unanimously selected Eunhee Lee (b. 1990, South Korea) for this year's edition of the Han Nefkens Foundation – LOOP Barcelona Video Art Production Grant,
 for the precision and care with which she observes and analyses our contemporary world and the coexistence of humanity within an ever-increasing digital world. We commend the poetic approach of the work that mindfully analyses the complexity of the recognisable relationship between man and machine. We look forward to further exchanges with the artist, and the future of the project."

Eunhee Lee stated: "For the past several years, I started making works with a certain anger and an eagerness to unravel the absurdity of our world. However, in the process of making, affinity and empathy for things around me have grown more and more than anger. The voices of people I met, the stories of places I visited, the materiality I sensed are all accumulated as many layers in the works that cannot easily be led to one conclusion. And I began to really enjoy these moments of self-breaking and learning, as well as sharing this experience with the audience. I look very forward to continuing this practice and producing the next film project with the support of the Han Nefkens foundation. It is truly an honour to be recognised and understood by the jury. Thank you very much."


Eunhee Lee will receive $15,000 from the Han Nefkens Foundation to support the production of a new, limited-edition video artwork. The produced artwork will be presented from 2025 at each institution collaborating in this grant: Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. At a later stage, the new production will be presented also at MoCA Museum, Taipei; ILHAM, Kuala Lumpur; Art Hub Copenhagen, and Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing.

In order to consolidate the candidates' career, the Grant appraises emerging promising artists, who are 40 years old or less, of Asian nationality or living in Asia and who have established a solid trajectory but have not had the opportunity to exhibit extensively.

Eunhee Lee was selected as the recipient of the grant by a judging panel chaired by Mr. Han Nefkens and composed of Emilio Alvarez, Founder LOOP Barcelona; Marko Daniel, Director Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Carol Yinghua Lu, Director Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing; Jacob Fabricius, Director, Art Hub Copenhagen; Rahel Joseph, Director, ILHAM, Kuala Lumpur; and Michael Wu, Exhibition Department supervisor, MoCA TaipeiThe judging took place in the presence of: Hilde Teerlinck, General Director of the Han Nefkens Foundation and Alessandra Biscaro, Coordinator of the Han Nefkens Foundation.


The shortlist for the Han Nefkens Foundation - Loop Barcelona Video Art Production Grant 2023 included: Aarti Sunder (1987, India); Basir Mahmood (b.1985, Pakistan); Dong Hyun Gwon and Sea Jung Kown (South Korea; Eunhee Lee (b.1990, South Korea); Ishu Han (b.1987, China); Priyageetha Dia (b.1992, Singapore); Rice Brewing Sisters Club (South Korea); Xin Shen(1990, China) and Yu Araki (b.1985, Japan).

The initial candidates were selected by: Goh Sze Ying, Syaheedah Iskandar, Jeon Hyo Gyoung, Oh Dain, Pethick Emily, Sing Song-Yong, Suzuki Kota, Vuth Lyno, Weng Xiaoyu.


Eunhee Lee (born in 1990, South Korea) creates experimental videos and documentary films which explore the relation between individual, image and technology in social context. Technology is not only a product of science, but a complex compound of different political and economical interests as well. The practice of observing these phenomena is an on-going attempt to understand the strange and absurd world we are currently living in. Eunhee Lee received Absolvent and Meisterschüler in Fine Art at Universität der Künste Berlin, and acquired MFA at Korea National University of Arts. Based in Seoul, Lee held solo exhibitions at Doosan Gallery (2023), The Reference (2021), CR Collective (2020), Open Circuit (2017) and Space291 (2016), participated group exhibitions at Seoul Museum of Art (2022), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul (2022-2021), ARKO Art Center (2020), Museum of Contemporary Art Busan (2019) and many others. Her films have been screened at the DMZ Documentary Film Festival (2022), EXiS Film Festival (2018/2019), The Seoul International New Media Festival (2023-2018).

LOOP Barcelona
http://loop-barcelona.com/

Fundació Joan Miró
https://www.fmirobcn.org/

MoCA Museum, Taipei
https://www.mocataipei.org.tw/tw

Art Hub Copenhagen
https://arthubcopenhagen.net/en/

Inside Out Art Museum, Beijing
https://www.ioam.org.cn/

ILHAM, Kuala Lumpur
http://www.ilhamgallery.com/



Shortlist:
Aarti Sunder (1987, India); Basir Mahmood (b.1985, Pakistan); Dong Hyun Gwon and Sea Jung Kown (South Korea; Eunhee Lee (b.1990, South Korea); Ishu Han (b.1987, China); Priyageetha Dia (b.1992, Singapore); Rice Brewing Sisters Club (South Korea); Xin Shen(1990, China) and Yu Araki (b.1985, Japan)


selected by: Goh Sze Ying, Syaheedah Iskandar , Jeon Hyo Gyoung, Oh Dain, Pethick Emily, Sing Song-Yong, Suzuki Kota, Vuth Lyno, Weng Xiaoyu


Jury members:
chaired by Mr. Han Nefkens and composed of Emilio Alvarez, Founder LOOP Barcelona; Marko Daniel, Director Fundació Joan Miró, Barcelona; Carol Yinghua Lu, Director Inside-Out Art Museum, Beijing; Jacob Fabricius, Director, Art Hub Copenhagen; Rahel Joseph, Director, ILHAM, Kuala Lumpu; and Michael Wu, Exhibition Department supervisor, MoCA TAIPEI



In the presence of:
Hilde Teerlinck, General Director of the Han Nefkens Foundation and Alessandra Biscaro, Coordinator of the Han Nefkens Foundation



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