Sophie Jung’s polyvalent talent explores a large array of techniques and mediums. In her videos, performances, installations, sculptures, texts and even photographs she combines playful anecdotes with a strong conceptual thread. The resulting formal achievements leave the viewer with bemusement and inspiration.
Luxembourg art critic Lucien Kayser says of Sophie Jung and her work:
There is something of a ghost light about this artist. Not in the sense of the tortured soul or evil spirit, but the exact opposite. There is the fire, the warm, bright light. The way Sophie Jung possesses airiness, while not excluding a more in depth way of asking questions. She builds upon a thorough reflection leading to an impacting form, and wins the ballot.
Sophie Jung was nominated by Danièle Wagener (Museums of the City of Luxembourg) for the Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg 2013, and by Lucien Kayser (art critic) and Delphine Munro (EIB Institute, Luxembourg) as well for the category of the Edward Steichen Luxembourg Resident in New York.
Maria Loboda has a certain interest in the dilemma of obsolete material. She has an archeological habit of digging out antiquated belief systems, or old-world logic, that she links to her upbringing in Poland shortly before the breakdown of Socialism.
In a context of renewal and turning away from an oppressive past, objects from an everyday that has become anachronistic would simply disappear.
In her art she is therefore searching for similar phenomena throughout different cultures and centuries: the memories and the loss of others. Thoughts which were thought and then just stopped because they were proven wrong or deceptive, like alchemy, the occult, dated design or music which was once considered outrageous. Because she doesn’t like the weakness of nostalgia, Maria Loboda wants to give those worn out systems their power back, like buried atomic waste, which is still radiating underneath the the surface of a complex modern world. (from Michelle Cotton, In Conversation With Maria Loboda In Cura Magazine, N.7, Winter 2011)
The 3rd Edward Steichen Award was presented to 1983 born French artist Bertille Bak. She was nominated for the 2009 competition by Laurent Busine, the Director of the Musée des Arts Contemporains du Grand Hornu in Mons, Belgium. Bertille Bak was awarded the prize in recognition of her subtle and innovative work with the dispersed mining community of Pas-de-Calais (France).
Ms Bak's videos, installations and drawings bear witness of her commitment and the refinement of her artistic expression, as she is constructing the memory of a disappearing community. Humor plays also an important part in her work, and poetry appears as an additional layer.
The Award ceremony took place on February 3rd 2010 at the Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg. Special guest Marie-Jo Lafontaine, whose work is internationally acknowledged and regularly shown in Luxembourg, handed over the Award trophy to the laureate.
Nominated by Corinne Charpentier, Director of the Centre d'Art contemporain La synagogue de Delme, Etienne Boulanger was the porud recipient of the second Edward Steichen Award. Sadly, the young French installation artist passed away unexpectedly in early October 2008, during his residency in New York. The Edward Steichen Award Luxembourg mourns the loss together with the family and friends of Etienne and supports the Etienne Boulanger Association in their effort to perpetuate his memory.
Etienne Boulanger's research was focused on the re-appropriation of transitory zones. He produced cunning and intrusive interventions within the urban environment as well as ephemeral installations in art galleries and institutions.
He was a nomadic artist, roaming contemporary megacities for gaps and residual spaces that he would invest with clever masking strategies. His works, set up on site, do not represent nor reproduce objects. The temporary interventions and the clandestine occupation of these spaces are meant to cast a critical look on our environment. (Text: Association Etienne Boulanger)
The daughter of a violinist and a pianist, Su-Mei Tse is not only an artist but she is also a classically trained cellist.
Her works often incorporate rhythmic or musical elements, or actual musical performances. She seems to be able to hear and even see music where most would see only everyday events and activities. Her works transcend language and are universally comprehensible.
Su-Mei Tse was the first recipient of the Edward Steichen Award in 2005. She was nominated by Marie-Claude Beaud, Director of MUDAM Luxembourg