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Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Awards 2019 were announced last Sunday in Riga, Latvian National Museum of Art. Among the 301 competing artworks, the Grand Prix was handed out to Finnish artist Rag Elnyg. In addition to Public Choice award, the best Young Painter and Best Young Photographer were recognized as a first-time award.
With the support of Fotografiska Tallinn a special award for the best was handed out to Latvian Ignas Pavliukevičius for his installation “What the other I want”. Rain Tamm, co-founder of Fotografiska Tallinn, was impressed by the mixed multimedia usage in the work of Pavliukevičius. “Nowadays when borders between photo, video and film have become blurred, Pavliukevičius showed a fresh approach to connecting the static with motion. Fotografiska Tallinn is interested in showing young talented regional artists beside the globally renowed - we believe in innovation and new approaches,” he added. The winning artist will have a unique opportunity to hold a solo exhibition in Fotografiska Tallinn.
The Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award is a unique regional competition for young artists founded by Nordic and Baltic Contemporary Art Platform NOAR.eu and regional Art Universities. The competition gives a boost to the professional career of young artists and concentrates valuable information about the new talent in the region. The competition website www.nbyaa.eu provides a good overview of current trends in the art scene, with information about the artists, background stories and purchasing options.
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