Alums Aaryan Sinha and Sean Charlton White in Steenbergen Stipendium

23 October 2023

In collaboration with the Steenbergen Foundation, the Nederlands Fotomuseum will present the 26th edition of the Steenbergen Stipendium from October 12. For this edition, two alums Aaryan Sinha (Photography, 2023) and Sean Charlton White (Photography, 2023) are nominated.

The creator of the best photographic graduation work will receive an incentive prize of 5,000 euros. In addition to the jury prize, there is also an audience prize associated with the Steenbergen Stipendium. For Steenbergen Stipendium 2023, jury chairman Munganyende Hélène Christelle, jury member Alexandre Furtado Melville and jury member Juul Hondius have selected five nominees from four different academies. The nominees offer a clear insight into how the current generation of image makers use the medium of photography.

The nominees are:
- Uedia Ballijn - Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam
- Noor Boiten - St. Joost School of Art & Design, Breda
- Aaryan Sinha - Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague, Photography, 2023
- Antonia Valentina - Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
- Sean Charlton White - Royal Academy of Art (KABK), The Hague, Photography, 2023

Aaryan Sinha - This isn’t Divide and Conquer

This isn't Divide and Conquer is a study by Aaryan Sinha in which he has captured the current Indian landscape and identity based on various historical events. This project took shape during a trip to old and new places in the border region with Pakistan; it traces the traces and consequences of British rule. Through This isn't Divide and Conquer, the direct and indirect impact of the separation 75 years ago between India and Pakistan is visualized through a modern perspective.

Sean Charlton White - Welcome to the Netherlands: A Visual Study of Western Society Through The Dutch Neoliberal Utopia

Welcome to the Netherlands is a semi-fictional satirical documentary about the Dutch neoliberal utopia that can be extended more to the West. The project highlights various challenges from our past, present and future and reveals and questions the absurdities of Dutch society through its relationship with its environment. The use of visual codes of documentary photography, mixing fact and fiction, produces images that blur the boundaries between fact and fiction. A satire has emerged that challenges traditional forms of documentary and at the same time investigates how the Dutch have reshaped their reality.