During the fine arts graduation ceremony at the ArtEZ Arnhem art academy, the winner of the VVAO Arnhem prize was announced. It is Aracelly Scheper.
Aracelly Scheper makes videos and installations with minimal movements using a subtle approach, in which an absence of something or someone can be felt. Driven by her Colombian origins, she collects objects that once belonged to her Dutch adoptive family. These objects inspire her. They become part of her desire to understand her situation, her history and especially her identity.
This prize was awarded to mark the 75th anniversary of VVAO Arnhem (an association for women with an academic education). The jury consisted of VVAO members Carol Westrik, World Heritage consultant, and Anne Mie Emons, owner of Art Gallery O-68 in Velp.
On top of the €500 VVAO prize, Art Gallery O-68 added the O-68 Work Prize, also worth €500.
The jury on Scheper's work: 'Her work is strong and speaks for itself. It is easy to understand, even without any explanation. The use of projection onto a mattress with a wrinkled cover makes for an extra dimension. This creates ever-changing surfaces, thoughts and memories.'
The other two nominees were Eline de Bruijn and Joyce Burghout.