The Croatian photographer Lana Mesić is the winner of the first Grolsch Unseen Residency. The residency offers a two-month scholarship in London early next year, giving Mesić the chance to create a new body of work in line with her unconventional approach to the urban creative landscape. With her project, Mesić will investigate London as a prominent global financial capital and the impact it had on the economic crisis. The resulting work will be unveiled at the following edition of Unseen Photo Fair & Festival.
Out of 61 premiering artists at Unseen Photo Fair 2016, an international jury comprising of Jenny Nordquist (Artistic Director, Landskrona Foto Festival, SE), Karin Andreasson (Picture Editor, The Guardian, SE) and Alison Nordström (Independent Scholar & Curator, US) selected Lana Mesić with her project ‘Souls, ties and a pile of carrots’ as the winner of the Grolsch Unseen Residency.
Lana Mesić, born in 1987 in Croatia, said: “I feel incredibly happy and grateful for the opportunity to explore what London and this residency have to offer. Especially to be able to continue doing my research on the workings of failure in this magnificent context. My career grew alongside Unseen and you can even say that major milestones of my practice have been on display there. I am extremely proud and honoured that I can add this to our joint timeline!”
Mesić’s work has explored the possible ways in which to visualise value and failure through various experiments. Mesić says: “I truly believe that a failure is never a failure if we learn something from it.”
According to the jury: “Lana’s attempt to visualise the construction of value is an intriguing proposal, and we anticipate that her work will take new and surprising directions as she interacts with people and objects in London.”
Grolsch and Unseen have launched the Grolsch Unseen Residency to encourage emerging artists to look at the urban environment with fresh eyes. The 2017 residency will be held in London, where the artist will be working closely with professional photographers. The artist will create a new body of work with an alternative positive approach to the urban creative landscape.
Ronald van Amerongen, Grolsch Global Brand Director: “We are delighted to support Lana in her unconventional approach to London’s financial world. Lana’s collaborative work, which will be realised in London in 2017, will add value to the local urban creative landscape.”
More information here.