Kevin Osepa wins Amsterdam Prize for the Arts

  • 17 October 2023
Alumnus Kevin Osepa has received the Amsterdam Prize for the Arts 2023. The photographer and film maker was awarded with the Stimulation Prize: an acknowledgement for innovative creators or organisations.
Kevin Osepa wins Amsterdam Prize for the Arts

Along with HKU alumnus Kevin Osepa, other awards went to Carlijn Kingma for her Waterworks of Money and to Brian Elstak. The news was announced by Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst on 16 October in Theatre Meervaart. The prize is awarded annualy to an artist or organisation that made a remarkable contribution to the cultural life in the Dutch capital. The ceremony was attended by councillor for Art and Culture, Touria Meliani and AFK director Laurien Saraber.

Translated from the jury report:
'On the basis of solid research, Kevin Osepa creates work that is rich in meaning and has by now developed a clear personal signature. His search for the culture of Curaçao and its turbulent history addresses major themes such as religion, family ties and nature, in a personal, intimate and poetic manner, which is transformed by his hands into great beauty.'

'Osepa thoughtfully brings together a large diversity of references, in great detail, in clear and meaningful images. In one work, he can move from pop culture to spirituality, managing to captivate the audience in these leaps, treating his subject in a animated and thrilling way.’

The jury of the Amsterdamprijs voor de Kunst 2023 consists of Conservator Manique Hendricks, visual artist Heleen Blanken, host/presenter Tirsa With, composer, poet and researcher Micha Hamel (chair) and artist manager Nigel van Ommeren.

From left to right: Laurien Saraber, Kevin Osepa, Carlijn Kingma, Thomas Bollen, Brian Elstak, Touria Meliani. Photo: Eva Plevier