Unseen and Grolsch are delighted to announce that Lana Mesić (b. 1987, Croatia) is the winner of the first Grolsch Unseen Residency. The residency offers a two-month scholarship in London early next year, encouraging an emerging artist to create a new body of work with an unconventional approach to the urban creative landscape. The resulting work will be exhibited at Unseen Photo Fair & Festival 2017.
Out of 61 premiering artists at Unseen Photo Fair 2016, an international jury comprising of Jenny Nordquist (Artistic Director, Landskrona Foto Festival, Sweden), Karin Andreasson (Picture Editor, The Guardian, Sweden) and Alison Nordström (curator, US) selected Lana Mesić as the winner of the Grolsch Unseen Residency.
Lana Mesić: “I feel incredibly happy and grateful for the opportunity to explore what London and this residency have to offer. Especially to be able to continue doing my research on the workings of failure in this magnificent context. My career grew alongside Unseen and you can even say that major milestones of my practice have been on display there. I am extremely proud and honoured that I can add this to our joint timeline!”
According to the jury: “Lana’s attempt to visualize the construction of value is an intriguing proposal, and we anticipate that her work will take new and surprising directions as she interacts with people and objects in London. We are confident that Lana’s work will benefit from the Grolsch Unseen Residency in London and that this is the perfect time in her career for her to undertake it.”
In ‘Souls, ties and a pile of carrots’, Mesić will investigate London’s financial world and the economic crisis. For a while now, her work has dealt with the theme of failure and its workings. She sees the visualization of ‘value’ and the failure of the financial tower as a logical continuation of this line of visual experiments. Read more about her proposal here. Find out more about the residency here.