It is with great pleasure that we announce the results of this year’s Hariban Award 2019
2019 Award Recipients
Grand Prize Winner
Margaret Lansink Artist Statement
In the infinite flow of everything, people come and go in our lives. While the presence of some can be so subtle that we hardly register when it begins or ends, with others it’s far clearer: they enter, or leave, with a bang. In Borders of Nothingness, Dutch photographer Margaret Lansink (b. 1961) dwells in the transitional ambiguity of her adult daughter’s decision to suspend contact with her, photographing landscapes and nude women whose disappearing presence raises the same haunted question: is this the moment you were gone? As time passed, Lansink and her daughter reconnected to investigate whether their break could be mended. Lansink then began to revisit and reinterpret Borders of Nothingness in a physical practice that mirrored their emotional efforts of healing. Working from the Japanese practice of repairing ceramics with gold leaf, she combines her images, severs them, and mends their breaks with gold leaf to put hope into the possibility of a bond that is stronger and more beautiful because it had once been broken.
Borders of Nothingness — On the Mend
Juror’s Choice Awards
Jesse Lenz – selected by Takayuki Ishii for the work The Locusts
Naghmeh Navabi – selected Kimi Himeno for the work A home, no longer mine
Mårten Lange – selected by Mirjam Kooiman for the work Ghosts
Toshiya Watanabe – selected by Martijn van Pieterson & Annemarie Zethof for the work Somewhere not Here
Master Printer’s Choice Award
Alexandre de Mortemart
Statement by Takumi Suzuki, CEO Benrido
On behalf of Benrido and the Hariban Award team, it is with great honour to be able to receive such an extraordinary array of works submitted to the Hariban Award each year. We would like to extend our congratulations to this year’s Hariban Award Winners and our gratitude to all who applied for this year’s competition. The level of work and enthusiasm we receive each year from photographers and artists from across the world is deeply encouraging and inspires us to continue to share this unique technique and of collotype and the opportunity to work with the studio further. Each year the Jurors to face the difficult task of selecting the award recipients and this year’s challenge was no less difficult from the previous years. This year marked an exceptionally high standard of work submitted from photographers around the world and amongst them, Margaret Lansink’s submission stood out with her beautiful, personal and intimate body of work “Borders of Nothingness — On the Mend“. We greatly look forward to welcoming Margaret Lansink to the studio and her resulting collaboration with the artisans of Benrido.
Margaret Lansink will be traveling to Kyoto to begin her residency here at Benrido in December. Be sure to stay tuned for updates on our blog so you can follow along with her journey.