Marcos Kueh wins Ron Mandos Young Blood Award 2022

14 August 2022

Markos Kueh, who graduated in the Bachelor Textile and Fashion last academic year, is the winner of the Ron Mandos Young Blood Award 2022 in the fifteenth edition of Best of Graduates. This is the annual exhibition that brings together the work of the most promising young artists from the Netherlands.

“Marcos Kueh’s work is of a raving beauty, through its visual power and craftsmanship he opens our eyes for the world of today, the world of yesterday and the world of tomorrow. As a young artist Marcos shows guts, ambition and vision and we are curious about his next steps as an artist"
Joop van Caldenborgh, Founder of Museum Voorlinden

As a result of winning this prize, an artwork by Marcos Kueh will be acquired into the permanent collection of Museum Voorlinden.

About the graduation project of Marcos Kueh

Kenyalang Circus

Marcos Kueh about his work: "Balancing on a tightrope between 'Malaysia's exotic unknown' and 'the developing country with a third world mentality'; between the inner savage and the aspiring Englishman is the tension point where the discourse of Kenyaland Circus is placed. Translated as 'Hornbill Circus' from Sarawak Malay, the project is expressed in a series of giant slow crafted woven posters, playing with the idea of sensational advertising in the context of the laborious nature of the third world.

Ultimately, Kenyaland Circus is a contemplation of the self-esteem and the contrdicting pride of the exotic humans of the rainforests. A creative attempt to deconstruct, untangle and refabricate the many layers of complications, interwoven into the third world's perception of the self; a chance at having a say on misunderstood compliance.

The reclamation and recognition of our identities will be grand and entertaining one for you to bear witness."

Graduation project Kenyalang Circus - Marcos Kueh.
Graduation project Kenyalang Circus - Marcos Kueh.

About Best of Graduates 2022

The Best of Graduates 2022, the annual exhibition bringing together the work of the most promising young artists from the Netherlands featured the work of KABK graduates Kwadwo Amfo, Johnny Mae Hauser, Katarina Head, Maarten Krol, Marcos Kueh, Ben Maier, Nurul Ain Binti Nor Halim, Menno Pasveer.