Kimmo Virtanen wins Steenbergen Stipendium 2016!

Photography Contest

The Steenbergen Stipendium is the Netherlands’ leading prize for the best photographic graduation project by a student at a Dutch art school.

Kimmo Virtanen (1985, Finland), Thirty-seconds Love Songs 
Royal Academy of Art The Hague

Graduation project 2016
Love is a human condition remarkably well suited for getting people into trouble with one another. “Thirty-Second Love Songs” is an animated short film contemplating the earthly issues of a divided family. The story is seen from the perspective of outer space and narrated in second person using tree pruning instructions as a metaphor for domestic peacekeeping.

Jury’s brief description:
You’ve never seen anything like it: a short film consisting of a succession of photographs with animations supported by sound design and music, all facets were created by Kimmo Virtanen himself as a Gesamtkünstler. The basis is a photographic work although he has enriched the stills with examples of other media. The animated photographs and musical pieces he played himself create a mystical, atmospheric and romanticised image of life on Earth, male/female relationships, and the ever-growing family trees representing the phenomenon of family.

Work on dispaly in the Nederlands Fotomuseum until 30 October

The Steenbergen Foundation

The Steenbergen Foundation is devoted to various cultural objectives including making grants available to young people for their professional development.

photo © Kimmo Virtanen
installation view Thirty-seconds Love Songs Graduation Festival 2016, Royal Academy of Art The Hague 

See also: 3 nominees Steenbergen Stipendium 2016 from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague: Karl Ketamo, Samuel Otte and Kimmo Virtanen

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