WELCOME TO MY UNKNOWN AWARD – 1st EDITION

Erik Kessels, curator of the first edition of the Welcome to my Unknown Award, has selected:
SOFIYA CHOTYRBOK | AISLING EDWARDS | ANGELO FORMATO | MARCO GENNARI |
SEWA HASAN | MATTIA MICHELI | GIACOMO TINTORI | ANDRÁS TURI I VARVARA UHLIK

The winners’ works were exhibited at the 13th edition of MIA Photo Fair, from 10 to 14 April 2024, at Allianz MiCo in Milan. The aim of the Prize was to involve emerging and contemporary artists under 35 years of age who use photography as an artistic language.

COLLATERAL AWARDS
MIA Photo Fair is also pleased to announce the winners of the two collateral awards, promoted by the Award Partners:
Angelo Formato is the winner of the publication of his portfolio in the magazine ‘Gente di Fotografia’, chosen by editor Franco Carlisi.
Sofiya Chotyrbok was selected for the Artist Residency at Litostudio in Milan, directed by Jacopo Costa Buranelli.


WELCOME TO MY UNKNOWN BY ERIK KESSELS
PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD FOR EMERGING CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

MIA Photo Fair proudly unveils a new call for artists specifically designed for the fair by Erik Kessels – a Dutch artist, curator, and expert in visual communication with a profound passion for art and photography. 

Up to 15 participating artists had the opportunity to exhibit their work for free in a dedicated showcase during the 13th edition of MIA Photo Fair, at MiCo Allianz, via Gattamelata 13, Milan.

CONCEPT

“We live in times where lens-based technology is fully developed and in image making anything is possible. With the rise of artificial intelligence many images may become statistical hallucinations. The ‘how’ becomes less important, the ‘why’ takes center stage. Exactly this is why new ideas and the creation of original narratives in photography become essential. Unknown territories are ready to be explored and celebrated.”
Erik Kessels

PHOTO: ISABELLA DE MADDALENA
ERIK KESSELS

Erik Kessels is a Dutch artist, curator and communication designer, with great interest in art and photography. Erik Kessels is since 1996 Creative Partner of communications agency Kessels Kramer.
As an artist and curator Kessels has published over 100 books of his ‘re-appropriated’ imagesand has written the international bestseller Failed It! andComplete Amateur.
He has taught at several Art Academies (Amsterdam, Milan, Toronto, Lausanne, Düsseldorf).Kessels made and curated exhibitions such as Loving Your Pictures, Mother Nature, 24HRS in Photos, Album Beauty and Unfinished Father. Currently he’s working on a long-term European art project called Europe Archive.
In 2010 Kessels was awarded with the Amsterdam Prize of the Arts, in 2016 nominated for the  Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. Until 2022 his mid-career retrospective is shown in Turin, Düsseldorf and Budapestand he exhibited recently in the SFMOMA. He was called “a visual sorcerer” by Time Magazine and a “Modern Anthropologist” by Vogue (Italia).