PhotographerJuul Kraijer
PrizeHonorable Mention
About Photographer

Juul Kraijer (1970, The Netherlands) studied painting at the Rotterdam Academy of Fine Arts. Her drawings, sculptures, photographs and videos have been shown in solo exhibitions in among others the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Gemeentemuseum The Hague. Works by Juul Kraijer are in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, N.Y.C.; the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; MONA, Tasmania; Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf; Kupferstichkabinett Berlin; Museum Moderner Kunst Vienna; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam and Huis Marseille Museum voor Fotografie, Amsterdam. "The visual artist Juul Kraijer is best known for her monumental drawings, in charcoal or pastel, depicting situations that distance themselves from traditional iconographies or realistic situations. Her androgynous women embody a certain mood in quiet, concentrated poses, their bodies and faces neutral, their detached presence framed by blank paper. About eight years ago, however, Juul Kraijer began occasionally to make photographs. Over the last two years Kraijer has expanded and deepened her photographic universe with characteristic single-mindedness. Significantly, it appears that Kraijer's model, a Frenchwoman - whose classic features, detached expression and cool composure are unmistakable - has emerged as Kraijer's muse. The role this model plays in Kraijer's photos is just as neutral and versatile as the one played by the hybrid female protagonist in Kraijer's drawn oeuvre." senior curator Nanda van den Berg in the catalogue of 'The Rediscovery of the World', Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, 2013