14.11.2023
Winner of Near. Prize 2023

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the near. prize 2023: Pedro Rodrigues for his project “Movement in the alpine Landscape”! The project will be presented during the next edition of the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, 3-26.May 2024, congratulations Pedro!

 

Composed of Lars Willumeit, Curator and future Director of Fotostiftung Schweiz, and Sarah Girard, Director of Bieler Fototage, alongside two representatives of near. committee, the jury has been impressed by Pedro Rodrigues’ exploration of landscape representation.

 

By adopting an approach that is at once contemporary, plural and playful, the winner has succeeded in anchoring a classic subject of Swiss photography in today's context. With his original blend of different media, Pedro Rodrigues has created an accomplished project that boldly questions our relationship with our environment and the Alps, while inviting viewers to reflect on the complexity of the landscape that surrounds us.

 

The performative and theatrical aspect of the work, the mastery of scale and the references made to contemporary art were praised by the jury, who underlined the relevance of the winner's approach in the current artistic context. His work demonstrates that the classic photographic theme of the landscape is still undeniably relevant today, and is constantly being renewed.

 

Thanks to all the members who submitted their works to the prize! See you next year!

Images © Pedro Rodrigues

 

 

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the near. prize 2023: Pedro Rodrigues for his project “Movement in the alpine Landscape”! The project will be presented during the next edition of the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, 3-26.May 2024, congratulations Pedro!

 

Composed of Lars Willumeit, Curator and future Director of Fotostiftung Schweiz, and Sarah Girard, Director of Bieler Fototage, alongside two representatives of near. committee, the jury has been impressed by Pedro Rodrigues’ exploration of landscape representation.

 

By adopting an approach that is at once contemporary, plural and playful, the winner has succeeded in anchoring a classic subject of Swiss photography in today's context. With his original blend of different media, Pedro Rodrigues has created an accomplished project that boldly questions our relationship with our environment and the Alps, while inviting viewers to reflect on the complexity of the landscape that surrounds us.

 

The performative and theatrical aspect of the work, the mastery of scale and the references made to contemporary art were praised by the jury, who underlined the relevance of the winner's approach in the current artistic context. His work demonstrates that the classic photographic theme of the landscape is still undeniably relevant today, and is constantly being renewed.

 

Thanks to all the members who submitted their works to the prize! See you next year!

Images © Pedro Rodrigues

 

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14.11.2023
Winner of Near. Prize 2023

We are thrilled to announce the winner of the near. prize 2023: Pedro Rodrigues for his project “Movement in the alpine Landscape”! The project will be presented during the next edition of the Biel/Bienne Festival of Photography, 3-26.May 2024, congratulations Pedro!

 

Composed of Lars Willumeit, Curator and future Director of Fotostiftung Schweiz, and Sarah Girard, Director of Bieler Fototage, alongside two representatives of near. committee, the jury has been impressed by Pedro Rodrigues’ exploration of landscape representation.

 

By adopting an approach that is at once contemporary, plural and playful, the winner has succeeded in anchoring a classic subject of Swiss photography in today's context. With his original blend of different media, Pedro Rodrigues has created an accomplished project that boldly questions our relationship with our environment and the Alps, while inviting viewers to reflect on the complexity of the landscape that surrounds us.

 

The performative and theatrical aspect of the work, the mastery of scale and the references made to contemporary art were praised by the jury, who underlined the relevance of the winner's approach in the current artistic context. His work demonstrates that the classic photographic theme of the landscape is still undeniably relevant today, and is constantly being renewed.

 

Thanks to all the members who submitted their works to the prize! See you next year!

Images © Pedro Rodrigues

 

1. 12. 2023
near. collection

Created on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of near swiss association for contemporary photography, the “near photographic collection” aims to materialize in a tangible collection the association's contribution to the Swiss contemporary photography scene since its inception. Its objective is to acquire, one key image for each of the hundred members the association had at its 10-year mark. Furthermore, it is intended to be preserved by a Swiss public institution or museum to endure over time, be showcased by both the association and the institution, serve as the subject of exhibitions and loans, and be accompanied by scholarly documentation.

To ensure the feasibility and sustainability of the collection, near allocates at least a tenth of its annual budget for the acquisition of new images. Fundraising efforts complement and expedite the pace of acquisitions.


To date the near. photographic collection includes images of:

Dominique Taufen, Sandrine Lagnaz, Anne-Sophie Aeby, Yann Amstutz, Graziella Antonini, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond,
Rebecca Bowring, Thomas Brasey, Sophie Brasey, Delphine Burtin, Aline d’Auria, Nicolas Delaroche, Daniela Droz, David Gagnebin-de-Bon, Matthieu Gafsou, Julien Heimann, Aline Henchoz, Vincent Jendly, Catherine Leutenegger, Brigitte Lustenberger, Olivier Lovey, Murielle Michetti, Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup, Antigoni Papantoni, Virginie Rebetez, Damien Sivier, Delphine Schacher.

And many more in the coming times…

 

Created on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of near swiss association for contemporary photography, the “near photographic collection” aims to materialize in a tangible collection the association's contribution to the Swiss contemporary photography scene since its inception. Its objective is to acquire, one key image for each of the hundred members the association had at its 10-year mark. Furthermore, it is intended to be preserved by a Swiss public institution or museum to endure over time, be showcased by both the association and the institution, serve as the subject of exhibitions and loans, and be accompanied by scholarly documentation.

To ensure the feasibility and sustainability of the collection, near allocates at least a tenth of its annual budget for the acquisition of new images. Fundraising efforts complement and expedite the pace of acquisitions.


To date the near. photographic collection includes images of:

Dominique Taufen, Sandrine Lagnaz, Anne-Sophie Aeby, Yann Amstutz, Graziella Antonini, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond,
Rebecca Bowring, Thomas Brasey, Sophie Brasey, Delphine Burtin, Aline d’Auria, Nicolas Delaroche, Daniela Droz, David Gagnebin-de-Bon, Matthieu Gafsou, Julien Heimann, Aline Henchoz, Vincent Jendly, Catherine Leutenegger, Brigitte Lustenberger, Olivier Lovey, Murielle Michetti, Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup, Antigoni Papantoni, Virginie Rebetez, Damien Sivier, Delphine Schacher.

And many more in the coming times…

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1. 12. 2023
near. collection

Created on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of near swiss association for contemporary photography, the “near photographic collection” aims to materialize in a tangible collection the association's contribution to the Swiss contemporary photography scene since its inception. Its objective is to acquire, one key image for each of the hundred members the association had at its 10-year mark. Furthermore, it is intended to be preserved by a Swiss public institution or museum to endure over time, be showcased by both the association and the institution, serve as the subject of exhibitions and loans, and be accompanied by scholarly documentation.

To ensure the feasibility and sustainability of the collection, near allocates at least a tenth of its annual budget for the acquisition of new images. Fundraising efforts complement and expedite the pace of acquisitions.


To date the near. photographic collection includes images of:

Dominique Taufen, Sandrine Lagnaz, Anne-Sophie Aeby, Yann Amstutz, Graziella Antonini, Mathieu Bernard-Reymond,
Rebecca Bowring, Thomas Brasey, Sophie Brasey, Delphine Burtin, Aline d’Auria, Nicolas Delaroche, Daniela Droz, David Gagnebin-de-Bon, Matthieu Gafsou, Julien Heimann, Aline Henchoz, Vincent Jendly, Catherine Leutenegger, Brigitte Lustenberger, Olivier Lovey, Murielle Michetti, Jennifer Niederhauser Schlup, Antigoni Papantoni, Virginie Rebetez, Damien Sivier, Delphine Schacher.

And many more in the coming times…

Wednesday 13. March 2024
crit group# 8 with Amélie Schüle 

near. Crit Groups aim to present and discuss your “work in progress”. In a small group – accompanied by an expert and by your peers – you present, exchange, discuss your projects during a whole day. With the feedback from each photographer and from our invited guest, you can sharpen and advance the process of the photo series you are working on.

Location: Biel
Adress: Photoforum Pasquart, Seevorstadt 71–2502 Biel / Bienne
Date: Wednesday 13. March 2024
13:00 to 17:00
Participants: 4 persons / english
The group participates to the discussions, each participant has 45min-one hour at disposal for presentation and feedbacks of his/her project.

Costs: near. members 25.– (Coffee included)

Applications:
We will do a “random pick” of all applications.
Near. members have priority, and we will have a waiting list. Priority to members who didn’t participate in the last 2 crit groups (Nicolas Polli & Nadine Wietlisbach) Applications for non-members is 50.–

Registrations are only open from now to 18. Febuary 2024 at 5pm.
Application: Write an email to annatia@near.li
We will get in touch with you as soon as the registrations close, you will be given the list of participants as well as additional information for the payment.

Invited expert - Amelie Schüle, from South Germany near Switzerland and France, is a curator, programmer and cultural producer focused on contemporary photography. She values how art connects people and ideas. Since October 2023, she's the Director at Photoforum Pasquart in Biel. Before that, she worked at Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam from 2020 to 2023, leading Foam Talent, public programs and creative projects. From 2018 to 2020, she curated for Unseen Amsterdam, organizing the festivals exhibitions and public programs. She has experience with Swiss galleries like Christophe Guye Galerie, Eva Presenhuber and Hauser & Wirth. Amelie earned her master's in Curatorial Studies from Zurich School of the Arts in 2017. She's also involved in portfolio reviews, mentoring artists and teaching, showing her deep commitment to photography.

 

 

near. Crit Groups aim to present and discuss your “work in progress”. In a small group – accompanied by an expert and by your peers – you present, exchange, discuss your projects during a whole day. With the feedback from each photographer and from our invited guest, you can sharpen and advance the process of the photo series you are working on.

Location: Biel
Adress: Photoforum Pasquart, Seevorstadt 71–2502 Biel / Bienne
Date: Wednesday 13. March 2024
13:00 to 17:00
Participants: 4 persons / english
The group participates to the discussions, each participant has 45min-one hour at disposal for presentation and feedbacks of his/her project.

Costs: near. members 25.– (Coffee included)

Applications:
We will do a “random pick” of all applications.
Near. members have priority, and we will have a waiting list. Priority to members who didn’t participate in the last 2 crit groups (Nicolas Polli & Nadine Wietlisbach) Applications for non-members is 50.–

Registrations are only open from now to 18. Febuary 2024 at 5pm.
Application: Write an email to annatia@near.li
We will get in touch with you as soon as the registrations close, you will be given the list of participants as well as additional information for the payment.

Invited expert - Amelie Schüle, from South Germany near Switzerland and France, is a curator, programmer and cultural producer focused on contemporary photography. She values how art connects people and ideas. Since October 2023, she's the Director at Photoforum Pasquart in Biel. Before that, she worked at Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam from 2020 to 2023, leading Foam Talent, public programs and creative projects. From 2018 to 2020, she curated for Unseen Amsterdam, organizing the festivals exhibitions and public programs. She has experience with Swiss galleries like Christophe Guye Galerie, Eva Presenhuber and Hauser & Wirth. Amelie earned her master's in Curatorial Studies from Zurich School of the Arts in 2017. She's also involved in portfolio reviews, mentoring artists and teaching, showing her deep commitment to photography.

 

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Wednesday 13. March 2024
crit group# 8 with Amélie Schüle 

near. Crit Groups aim to present and discuss your “work in progress”. In a small group – accompanied by an expert and by your peers – you present, exchange, discuss your projects during a whole day. With the feedback from each photographer and from our invited guest, you can sharpen and advance the process of the photo series you are working on.

Location: Biel
Adress: Photoforum Pasquart, Seevorstadt 71–2502 Biel / Bienne
Date: Wednesday 13. March 2024
13:00 to 17:00
Participants: 4 persons / english
The group participates to the discussions, each participant has 45min-one hour at disposal for presentation and feedbacks of his/her project.

Costs: near. members 25.– (Coffee included)

Applications:
We will do a “random pick” of all applications.
Near. members have priority, and we will have a waiting list. Priority to members who didn’t participate in the last 2 crit groups (Nicolas Polli & Nadine Wietlisbach) Applications for non-members is 50.–

Registrations are only open from now to 18. Febuary 2024 at 5pm.
Application: Write an email to annatia@near.li
We will get in touch with you as soon as the registrations close, you will be given the list of participants as well as additional information for the payment.

Invited expert - Amelie Schüle, from South Germany near Switzerland and France, is a curator, programmer and cultural producer focused on contemporary photography. She values how art connects people and ideas. Since October 2023, she's the Director at Photoforum Pasquart in Biel. Before that, she worked at Foam Fotografiemuseum in Amsterdam from 2020 to 2023, leading Foam Talent, public programs and creative projects. From 2018 to 2020, she curated for Unseen Amsterdam, organizing the festivals exhibitions and public programs. She has experience with Swiss galleries like Christophe Guye Galerie, Eva Presenhuber and Hauser & Wirth. Amelie earned her master's in Curatorial Studies from Zurich School of the Arts in 2017. She's also involved in portfolio reviews, mentoring artists and teaching, showing her deep commitment to photography.