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Kunsthal Rotterdam | ING Talent Award

Resilience, a personal story

Kunsthal Rotterdam and main sponsor ING are proud to present the finalists of the ING Talent Award 2021. The ING Talent Award offers emerging, talented photographers in Europe a platform for showing their own work to an international audience. The five finalists follow an intensive three-month coaching programme and create new work for the ING Collection. The theme they are working with this year is: Resilience, a personal story. The results will be shown at Kunsthal Rotterdam this summer.

Resilience A personal story

Current times are challenging and require extra resilience from all of us. In our personal lives, that resilience can take the form of staying true to oneself and continuing to work on being the best we can be, no matter what obstacles lie in the way. What’s your personal story of resilience? This can be something intimate and close to home or more related to the challenges we’re all facing, like the destruction of the natural world, climate change or the polarisation of society.

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Alina Frieske (1994, DE), Camilla Ferrari (1992, IT), Esther Hovers (1991, NL), Etienne Courtois (1969, BE), Ire Lenes (1981, ES).


Throughout the ING Talent Award programme, this year’s five finalists will be coached by internationally renowned photographer Alec Soth, who was recently named one of the top ten American photographers of the American experience. Alec Soth (1969) is an American photographer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. His breakthrough came in 2004 with his series Sleeping by the Mississippi, which focuses on the special and unnoticed places and people he encountered during his travels along the Mississippi.

Soth has now published more than 25 books and had more than 50 solo exhibitions. His work is in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City. Soth is also a member of Magnum Photos.


Alessia Glaviano (Senior Photo Editor van Vogue Italia, L’Uomo Vogue), Roni Horn (Visual Artist and Author), Hans den Hartog Jager (Author, Art Critic and Curator), Sanne ten Brink (Head Curator, ING Collection)


The 2021 shortlist by ING Art Management and Kunsthal Rotterdam is based on a longlist from Futures. The contemporary photography platform that pools resources and talent programmes from leading photo institutions in Europe.

Exhibition & Ceremony

The results of the five finalists’ work will be presented at Kunsthal Rotterdam from the 27th of May up to, and including 19th of September. The Award Ceremony takes place Wednesday the 2nd of June. The Ceremony can also be followed online. The winner of the Jury Award will receive € 10,000. The winner of the Public Award will be invited to create new work for the ING Collection.

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