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Unseen Dummy Award Presentations

  • Framewerk 10 Newtownards Road Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT4 3EL United Kingdom (map)


In conjunction with the exhibition of the Unseen Dummy Award 2018 shortlist at Framewerk (open until the 30d of June), we have invited a few artists to present their photobook dummy creations. 

On the 9th of June, Kevin Osepa, Coralie Vogelaar and the winner of the award Rebecca Fertinel were introducing their projects under the moderation of the head of Unseen Book market & Dummy Award Daria Tuminas. 

On the 29th of June we expect two more emerging artists based in the Netherlands to join us at the Festival and tell the stories of their projects: Hanane El Ouardani and Wiosna van Bon.

Hanane El Ouardani (NL, 1994)

Recently graduated with a BA in photography from the Royal Academy of Arts at The Hague. Born in The Netherlands to Moroccan parents she would travel to her mother’s village in the Rif Mountains. “I am Dutch, I am Moroccan: a child of emigrants. I feel European: I feel like a citizen of the world”. This multitude of identities is something that she explores in her work. “I envy those who are attached to a clear and strong identity, but at the same time I like to be on outside. My method is to infiltrate a group and then put the reality at a certain distance, which allows the viewer to relate to it”. Inspired by representations, stereotypes and ideas of home, El Ouardani’s work approaches these subjects with the emotional subtlety of a young woman carefully navigating her own way.

Hanane El Ouardani will speak about her work THE WALLS ARE RED, THE SKIES ARE BLUE. This graduation project is a visual diary reflecting on the different layers of a diasporic Moroccan identity. How can one reclaim home without falling into cultural clichés? How can one represent their roots without feeling alienated from their own culture? The work studies the notion of identity from the point of view of someone who has lived outside of it and questions its validity.

Wiosna van Bon (NL, 1992)

Van Bon is a Polish-Dutch photographer. In 2017, she graduated as a photographer from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. Her projects are about (ethical) questions in life. She feels drawn to tell the stories of the lonely, the unequal - of those who despite everything, persevere. In her documentary projects, she combines portraits, interiors, and landscapes.

Wiosna van Bon will speak about her dummy Family Strange. What if the person you trusted the most committed a crime and ended up in prison? Family Stranger is a photographic series of the families of detainees, who are suddenly confronted with this fact. The family members will have to assess their relationship to their criminal family member and to decide whether or not they can live with what s/he has done. The purpose of this book is to create awareness of the struggles that these families endure. Just as much as the criminal relative, the family is often socially convicted as well, and talking about it is experienced as a taboo. With this book, Wiosna van Bon shows the various ways in which families deal with the situation.