From the jury report (translated by HKU):
Shahab Albonaser - Verdwenen Vadersv ('Missing fathers')
"Shahab succeeded in showing the complexity of this father-son relation and its impact on their lives in a powerful way. We were drawn into the story of these characters, compelled to think, and left with a lingering feeling."
Audiovisual Media, HKU Media
Nonna Hoogland - We Never Change
"Nonna seemed to have effortlesly turned her inspirations into her classical Greek pottery vases, based on Greek mythology and renaissance painting. She mirrors the themes from Greek mythological stories to comparable themes from our current tumes, such as victing shaming. All these vases can go straight into a museum collection, insofar they haven't been bought already by collectors or jury members."
Illustration, HKU Media
Hannah Konings - De haan roept en ze besluiten dat het goed is ('the crow is calling, and they decide that it was good')
"Calm yet still immersive, Hannah took us on a tour along her interests, personal archetypes and memories of her family, showing their rituals and passions, such as baking bread. Inspired by these personal memories, Hannah reflects on the power that materials have for evoking emotions. The space stirred a feeling of nostalgia; the sculptures seemed begging to be touched. This work gripped us and refused to let us go."
Fine Art, HKU Beeldende Kunst
Berber Struiksma - The fool who planted the baked potatoes - HKU Prijs Gemeente Utrecht 2023
“In this colourful installation, the artist created a remarkable and authentic fairy tale world with the use of recycled materials, video projection, a critical touch, and a dose of humour. This artist is determined to offer an alternative to all the conventions that are rife in fashion. Any time, the work can be used and re-used in a different way, and thus it remains in permanent motion.”
Fashion Design, HKU Design
About the HKU Awards and HKU Prize of Utrecht City.
Each year, HKU hands out three prizes to students who have graduated that academic year at one of the bachelor or master programmes of HKU University of the Arts. Each of these three HKU Awards are linked to a financial gift of 5,000 euros.
Among the nominees, the jury also chooses one winner for the HKU Utrecht City Prize. This award, also worth 5,000 euros, emphasises the importance of art and culture for the city of Utrecht and its inhabitants, and stimulates the cultural diversity and creative development of the city, For this prize, the jury evaluates the works mainly on its societal impact.