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Hyères Festival: Focus on 4 Former Photo Winners

On the occasion of the 32nd International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, Eyes on Talents highlights four former recipients of the Photography competition. From the Amazon River to the world of Space, from the Fondazione Prada to the Rencontres d'Arles, discover what they have been up to since they won the Festival.

Yann Gross (Switzerland) 

Winner of the Photography Grand Prix of the Jury in 2010

A graduate from ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art Lausanne), Yann Gross won the International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères in 2010. Since then, he has exhibited his work in many institutions and galleries such as the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne in 2011 and more recently in 2017; the Fotostiftung in Winterthur in 2013; FOMU in Antwerp in 2015; and the Galerie du Jour in Paris in 2011.

Yann Gross won numerous awards, amongst which the Luma Rencontres Dummy Award in Arles in 2015 with his project ‘The Jungle Book’, which has been published in 3 languages by Aperture (Eng), Actes Sud (Fr) and Editorial RM (Spa). In 2016, the Rencontres d’Arles featured his work in a solo show entitled ‘The Jungle Show’. For this project, Yann Gross travelled down the Amazon River and its various tributaries in the footsteps of Spanish conquistador Fransisco de Orellana. Later in 2016, this exhibition travelled in a different form to Xiamen, Paris, and Geneva.

His work is currently on view at the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne, as part of the exhibition 'Vertical No Limit. Mountain photography', based on the premise that photography invented the mountain landscape by revealing it to the eyes of the world.

Left: Ipira Mama (mère des poissons), 2015 / Right: Gorra de Motelo (casquette de tortue), 2015. © Yann Gross

Vendula Knopova (Czech Republic) 

Winner of the Photography Grand Prix of the Jury in 2016

Vendula Knopova likes to refer to herself as "an ambassador of humour" and uses adjectives such as "schizophrenic" and "intuitive" to define her art. In 2016, Gandy Gallery first presented her series 'ŽIVIJÓ' in a solo show. Going beyond the limits of the medium, this series of photographs reflects on the boom of weddings in Czech Republic. Extending the photographic form to performance and installation, Vendula decided to create her own creative wedding agency providing ‘all necessary decisions to make the wedding day unforgettable’. Objects such as a selection of jewels, weddings dresses and a catalogue of Tinder profiles to find the perfect match were displayed, reflecting the distance and humour she approches the art with. This exhibition travelled later to Le Coeur gallery in Paris.

In 2017, her work was featured in the exhibition 'Give Me Yesterday', curated by Francesco Zanot, which inaugurated the program of Osservatorio, Fondazione Prada’s new exhibition space located in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II in Milan. The show, which included works by 14 international artists, explored the use of photography as a personal diary over a period of time ranging from the early 2000s through today.

Left: After Midnight dress, 2016, 54 x 70cm, edition 5 / Right: Nice Wedding Food Atmosphere, 2016, 114 x 148cm, edition 1/5. © Vendula Knopova

Sjoerd Knibbeler (The Netherlands)

Winner of the Photography Grand Prix of the Jury in 2015

Since his participation to the 30th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères, Knibbeler has been selected as a Foam Talent and nominated for numerous awards such as the ING Unseen Talent Award in 2015 and the Prix Pictet in 2016. His series 'Digging up clouds' was exhibited at Foam in Amsterdam and Espace Quai1 in Vevey. His book 'Paper Planes' was shortlisted for the Paris Photo / Aperture First Photobook Award in 2015.

In 2016, his work was exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at the Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, during the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto, at Robert Morat Gallery in Berlin and at the reputable Belgian podium STUK in Leuven. His new project 'Travelling past matter’ is currently exhibited at Gallery LhGWR in The Hague until May 20: this exhibition reflects Knibbeler's extensive venture into the world of space travel and continues from his successful project 'Digging up clouds'. In addition, LhGWR also presents the Dutch première of Knibbeler’s video installation 'Forming Synchrony' (Image cover). This work was commissioned by Villa Noailles and made in collaboration with the Patrouille de France.

Knibeller will be showing at Belfast Exposed in August and Unseen Photo Fair in Amsterdam in September.

Left: Engine, Lunacy series, 2017 / Right: Falling Star, Lunacy series, 2016. © Sjoerd Knibbeler

Marie Rime (Switzerland)

Winner of the Public Award / City of Hyères in 2014

In 2014, Marie Rime obtained her bachelor in Photography at ECAL. The same year, she was selected as the winner of the Prix du Public of the 29th International Festival of Fashion and Photography in Hyères with her series ‘Armures', portraying women wearing decorated armors and masks that she created herself.

Since then, her photographs have been published in various newspapers and websites including The British Journal of Photography, The Observer, The New York Times Magazine and The Guardian.

In 2015, Rime was selected for a one-year residency at Atelier Jean Tinguely in Paris, where she learnt sewing and decorative techniques to further develop her own creations.

In 2017, she was selected to present her series ‘Cimiers et Symétrie de pouvoir’ at Circulation(s), the young European photography festival, at CENTQUATRE-PARIS. Inspired by the symmetry of butterflies, Rime created geometrical compositions and assembled them to create visually striking masked figures that were studio-shot.

Now based in Brussels, Rime decided to pursue her studies in Fashion Accessories Design at La Cambre.

Cimiers et Symétrie de pouvoir. © Marie Rime

Further information about the Hyères Festival available on villanoailles-hyeres32.com/