Presided over by Bettina Rheims, the jury announced the 10 talents nominated for the Photography Award of the Hyères Festival. Their names are:
Pascale Arnaud – France
With her series of 21 photos entitled “Emerging Adulthood,” this young photographer who graduated from the Ecole des Gobelins delves into the subject of adolescents on their way to adulthood against a background of thick gray fog.
Laetitia Bica – Belgium
Inspired by her encounter with the Créahm association, this photographer from Liège, a graduate of the Ecole Supérieure des Arts de Saint-Luc, presents an offbeat series called “Cream” to echo the association’s project: to reveal the forms of art produced by mentally disabled persons.
Teresa Eng – Canada
With her series “China Dream” (famous slogan by President Xi Jinping), Teresa depicts two horizons of her identity. The daughter of Chinese emigrants in Canada and a graduate of the Emily Carr University in Vancouver, she undertakes an autobiographical journey that wavers between dream and reality.
Sarah Mei Herman – Netherlands
With “Touch,” Sarah addresses new generations. This graduate of the Royal College of Art of London and the Royal Academy of Art, La Hague, met the local youth of Xiamen and immortalized young couples and friends whom she met on the art campus.
Allyssa Heuse – Philippines
In her series named “OÏ,” Allyssa suggests sex in a singular and even absurd way. This graduate of the Ecole des Gobelins attempts to desacralize this taboo subject with shots that defy the codes of photography, allowing for free interpretation.
Jaakko Kahilaniemi – Finland
This native of Finland and graduate of the school of art, architecture and design at the Aalto University in Helsinki presents a series entitled “100 Hectares of Understanding.” Like an ethnologist, he attempts to describe the immense forest that he inherited at age 8.
Csilla Klenyánszki – Hungary
A graduate of the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, this photographer-artist and mother presents a series entitled “Pillars of Home.” Designed as “choreography” during her free time, it focuses in a humorous way on time that flies by with no second chances
Sanna Lehto – Finland
With her series “Morphologies,” which resembles a photographic herbarium, Sanna proves that man and nature are one and the same. A graduate of the school of art, architecture and design at the Aalto University in Helsinki, she trades in the innocence of flowers to spread them on the surface of faces in pictures that are reddened or faded.
Eva O’Leary – Ireland
After growing up in the United States in the city of Happy Valley, Eva received a double diploma from CalArts and Yale. In her series “Spitting Image,” she exposes adolescent vulnerability by developing portraits of young women from her hometown against blue backgrounds.
Aurélie Scouarnec – France
“Anaon” is a photographic investigation led by Aurélie, a self-taught photographer and trained speech therapist. Through this phantasmagoric tale, she wishes to shed light on the persistence of rites and ancient stories in the rock masses of the Monts d’Arrée in Finistère.