Winner of the ABN AMRO Art Award 2017: Saskia Noor van Imhoff

Saskia Noor van Imhoff, Installation view #+23.00, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2016. Photo: Gert Jan van Rooij.

On 23 March 2017 it has been announced that Saskia Noor van Imhoff (Mission, Canada, 1982) has won the seventh edition of the ABN AMRO Art Award. In November 2017 an exhibition of her work, which is part of the prize, will open at the Hermitage Amsterdam.

The jury of the ABN AMRO Art Award has selected Saskia Noor van Imhoff, an artist who explores her surroundings in an idiosyncratic manner and in doing so makes unexpected connections. The process of ordering, exhibiting and archiving art plays a key role in her spatial installations. Partly due to her strong feeling for material and composition, she manages to portray her ideas in a surprising and attractive way. "I'm the archeologist of my own work," Van Imhoff once remarked. By this she was pointing to the fact that she constantly questions her own work, the work of others and the context in which she presents this. As a result Van Imhoff's work is in an ongoing state of development.

Saskia Noor van Imhoff's quirky associations force the viewer to observe and reflect in an unorthodox manner. The jury also admires her work for its stratified, original and playful character. By reproducing and manipulating images, rearranging existing situations and through clever interventions in the architecture, she directs the viewer's gaze. Furthermore, her site-specific installations that involve air humidifiers and climate-control systems implicitly comment on man's behavior and our tendency to classify and preserve. The jury's choice of Saskia Noor van Imhoff represents that of an artist who raises issues about our culture of maintenance and preservation, and portrays such themes in a completely individual and relevant way.

The jury of the ABN AMRO Art Award is comprised of the following members: Lex ter Braak (director, Jan van Eyck Academie Maastricht), Danila Cahen (curator ABN AMRO art collection), Bart Rutten (Head of Collections, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Berend Strik (visual artist) and Silvia Zonneveld (Managing Director ABN AMRO MeesPierson/Private Wealth Management).

Saskia Noor van Imhoff

Saskia Noor van Imhoff studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (2004-2008) and was a participant at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2010-2012). Since then her work has been shown in various solo and group exhibitions at, among other places, the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and De Appel (2016), at the Gwangju Biennial in Gwanju, South Korea (2015) and at Galerie Fons Welters (2013). Van Imhoff's work can be seen in major collections, including that of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museum Voorlinden in Wassenaar and the Verbeke Foundation in Kemzeke, Belgium.


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