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Trond Ansten & Benjamin Breitkopf

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2017Grand Prize

ARTIST STATEMENT

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As ice gradually disappears from the Arctic Circle, previously impassable sea lanes are opening up and new lands and sea regions are being discovered for fishing grounds and oil and gas exploration. Imperialism in the polar region, driven by newfound power from these climatic events, is on the rise for the first time in history.
The people who appear in this film essay, which is also a work of art, are attempting to resolve the contradictions in their existence and to find some kind of meaning, through snow and cod, and occasionally through bizarre means. This film serves as a metaphor, with both documentation aspects and dramatic aspects, and takes up the question of what is today’s Arctic and the issue of managing resources in a region of rising geopolitical tensions.

Entries form: Video (27:13)

Selecting judge: Hiraki Sawa

The work was visually polished, with the quality of an artwork, and it was created with a well-defined subject in mind. In it, I saw the possibilities of how far artwork can go in the future if created with new photographic expressions and artistic expressions.

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PROFILE

Trond Ansten & Benjamin Breitkopf

Benjamin Breitkopf

b.1986 in Donaueschingen (germany)
A director of photography in moving and still images.
Studying in Media Art at the ZKM Karlsruhe.
Working as a trained media technician in state television.
Joining a project, “anAtlas.net
Questioning the truth of images, news and media in relation to the recipients.

TROND ANSTEN

b.1984, Bamble, Norway. A visual artist and nature conservator based in Tromso.
Studied art in Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe (Germany).
Making works with focusing on the relation between man and nature.

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2017Grand Prize

Trond Ansten & Benjamin Breitkopf

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