MAF AWARDS 2021

Elif Özbay en Alcaeus Spyrou (c) Maarten Dikken

All 14 participants in the Young Masters exhibition had a chance to win the MAF Young Masters Award and the Audience Award. The Young Masters Award offers the winner a month-long residency in a talent development program at AADK Spain in the Spanish city of Blanca. Elif Özbay won the Young Masters Award this edition with her artwork Boxer, Ring, Cycle, chosen by an international jury. The Audience Award went to Alcaeus Spyrou with his cinematographic artwork Anina.

ELIF SATANAYA ÖZBAY | WINNER MAF YOUNG MASTERS AWARD 2021
Elif Satanaya Özbay won the MAF Young Masters Award 2021 this year. The international jury praised her work for the balance between concept and use of material, the quality of the execution and the interaction with the audience and the space.

Özbay gets to stay for a month at the AADK Spain artist residence for artistic research and production in the inspiring environment of the Spanish city of Blanca. The working period is supervised by the professional team of AADK Spain.

This year’s international jury consisted of Aymen Gharbi (TN), artist and curator and co-director of the International Light Art Project Interference, Ksenia Fedorova (PhD, RU) curator and researcher of media and media art at Leiden University and visual artists Ingo Wendt (DE) and Guiliana Grippo (ARG). Grippo has also been working at the artist residency AADK Spain since 2017, where she is active in concepting and project organization.

ALCAEUS SPYROU | WINNAAR MAF AUDIENCE AWARD 2021
The public chose Alcaeus Spyrou’s work Anina as their favorite. Anina is a psychogeographic film essay that documents the ethnographic properties of the industrial landscape and its malignant effects on the individual.

Photo credits: Maarten Dikken

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