KABK alumni nominated for Piket Kunstprijzen 2021

Congratulations to Narges Mohammadi and Isa van Lier for their nomination for the Piket Kunstprijzen 2021 in the category painting. Both Narges and Isa graduated in 2020 from the BA Fine Arts at the KABK.

Nominees in the Painting category

In the following video, expert jury Martine Gosselink (director Mauritshuis) and artist Joncquil de Vries, introduce the three nominees in the Painting category of the Piket Kunstprijzen 2021.


Isa van Lier, ZEN SUPERMARKET - Installation view KABK Graduation Show 2020 - photo: Jamal Ageli

In the installation ZEN SUPERMARKET I search for a balance between the silence, calmness and wisdom of a Zen stone garden, as I encountered during my time in Japan last year, and the abundant colorful richness that you can find in a supermarket in 2020, with it’s endless rows of plastic-packed colorful shapes; to come to a new philosophy where these two opposites merge together. Trough this I try to create a new positive language that combines the eastern values and aesthetics with the western. Making a playground where your mind can rest from the dominant intellectual structures we have developed in our minds, to open your self up to a playfulness that speaks to your intuitive, bodily understanding of form.
Graduation project Isa van Lier, 2020

Narges Mohammadi - Passing Traces

Narges Mohamadi
Passing Traces, Narges Mohammadi - Installation view KABK Graduation Show 2020 - photo: Erik de Vries

700 kg of halva – hand stirred flour, butter, shivering hot sugar syrup and soft cardamom flavour prepared by many strong hands. A Persian sweet traditionally prepared at funerals, collectively eaten it comforts the bereaved. Passing traces is a room of halva in a narrow passage-like space. The walls depict impressions of a sober bedroom interior. The furniture leaves traces of a long-lost presence. Just as life is finitely ungraspable, Passing traces follows its own lawless path, slowly decaying and visibly cracking due to gravity's weight.
Graduation project Narges Mohammadi, 2020

Award ceremony

The winners in each category will be announced on Monday 22 November and receive 8,000 Euros cash prize, and an award, each. The bronze plume award for this year's winners is made by the The Hague artist and KABK alumna 1986, Yke Prins. Read more updates on the Piket Kunstprijzen 2021.