MAF AWARDS 2020/21

During the Media Art Festival you will get to know the latest and most striking media art talents from home and abroad. This year, MAF is introducing the graduation work of 14 media artists who have recently graduated from renowned art academies in the Netherlands and abroad. They have all been nominated for the MAF Young Masters Award and are competing for the MAF Audience Award. Both prizes will be festively awarded on Saturday 9 October.


The winner of the Young Masters Award can 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 work period is supervised by the professional team of AADK Spain and concluded with presentations in Blanca, Leeuwarden or other locations from the international network of the collaborating parties. The prize is awarded every year by an international jury of experts.


You too can vote for your favorite artwork. During the MAF you will receive a ballot paper on which you can indicate which work you think should win the audience award. The winner is guaranteed an exhibition spot at MAF in 2022.



Aymen Gharbi is an architect and curator with a focus on contemporary art in dialogue with cultural heritage. He has been co-director of the International Light Art Project INTERFERENCE in Tunis since 2016, and International Media Art Biennial SEE DJERBA in Houmt Souk since 2017. From 2013 to 2015, he worked as an architect at the Tunisian Heritage Institute. In 2015, he founded the DOOLESHA project, a collective of urban activists, and led a socio-cultural project to involve young Tunis residents in researching and mediating contemporary changes in the Medina, the old part of the city. He is currently working on DOOR-WAHDEK, an online webzine that connects scientific and artistic research, reviews and debates and other activities in the Medina. In TASAWAR CURATORIAL STUDIOS he teaches about linguistic transitions between Arabic, Tounsi (the Tunisian variant of Arabic), French and English.

About the jury

Ksenia Fedorova (PhD) is a curator and researcher of media and media art. She currently works as an assistant professor at Leiden University. She is the author of “Tactics of Interfacing: Encoding Affect in Art and Technology” (MIT 2020) and the co-editor of “Media: Between Magic and Technology” (2014). She has also published articles in Leonardo Electronic Almanac, Media & Culture Journal, Acoustic Space, Dialog of Arts and. From 2007 to 2011, she was the founder and curator of the ‘Art. Science. Technology.” program at the Ural Branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Ksenia is interested in the theory and history of media art, aesthetics, philosophy, science and technology and visual culture, with a special focus on the effects of new technology on perception and interaction.

About the jury

Giuliana Grippo is a visual artist from Argentina. She studied graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) where she also worked as a teacher for five years. Due to her interest in the conceptual analysis of creative processes, she started a master’s degree in ‘Theory and Investigation of Project Disciplines’ (DICOM) at the same university. As an artist, Giuliana is fascinated by organic and fragile materials that produce fleeting, ephemeral works that seem to reflect their own process of creation. Her approach is interdisciplinary and based on translating tangible information. Giuliana has been working since 2017 for artist residency AADK in Spain, where she is active in concepting and project organization.

About the jury

Ingo Wendt is an interdisciplinary artist from Germany. He studied industrial design and visual arts at the School of Visual Arts in Saarbrücken, where he has been active since 2011 as an artistic scientific assistant and manager of the ‘light laboratory’. He teaches students the basic principles of light and realizes projects in the Visual Arts and Media Art and Design departments. With light as the basis, Ingo’s poetic, colorful and dynamic objects are often accessible. On a deeper level, they also offer multiple modes of perception. Ingo likes to create social sculptures where people meet and share their experience. In this age of digital overstimulation, his objects and projections show the potential of analog image creation.