The Jury

For each exhibition, the jury is composed by PEP's founder and curator Bénédicte Blondeau together with the curator(s) from the partner organization and invited artists. For the PEP NEW TALENTS 2022 exhibition, jury members include Gretar Ingi Gunnlaugsson, Rebecca Cuglietta (254Forest) and Bénédicte Blondeau (PEP).

 

 

Former jury members are:

Norbert Wiesneth

Norbert Wiesneth, born in Munich in 1972, has lived in Berlin since 1997. He studied art, photography and multimedia in Italy and Spain until he completed his studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin with Rebecca Horn in 2000.

Numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad attest to his artistic activities, which deal primarily with the transformation of places. He showed his works at Kunstverein Tiergarten - Berlin, La condition publique - Lille (F), Kunstbureau - Paris (F), Northern University - Ohio (US) NCCA- Kaliningrad (RUS), Galerie C-Keller - Weimar, The Brno House of Arts - Brno (CZ), Goethe Institute - Milan (I), among others,

In 2007 he received the IBB prize for photography.

He is a founding member of the Axel Obiger Gallery.

In 2009 he was appointed a member of the German Photographic Academy.

In 2012 he founded PhotoWerkBerlin.

Since 2014 he has been working as a curator at Kommunale Galerie Berlin.

In addition to his work as director of PhotoWerkBerlin, he gives courses at BBK-Berlin, Bauhaus University in Weimar, Vermont College of Fine Art. 

www.norbertwiesneth.de

Rüdiger Lange

Rüdiger Lange is the artistic director of the Berlin based gallery for contemporary art, Loop – Raum für aktuelle Kunst. He is currently curating B-Part Exhibition.

Antonio Rodriguez

Antonio Rodriguez (Guatemala) is a photographer based in Berlin.

With a wide experience working as a photographer in America, Europe and Africa, Antonio has always focus his practice into story telling. His projects explore social issues such as migration and territory through the activation of archive imagery.

www.antonio-rodriguez.com

Liesl Pfeffer

Liesl Pfeffer is a visual artist from Brisbane, Australia, living and working in Berlin. She has a Bachelor of Photography from the Queensland College of Art (2005) and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours) from Monash University (2017). Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and internationally since 2005, including at Jarvis Dooney Galerie and Lite-Haus in Berlin, and Ortega y Gasset, Wassaic Project, Trestle Projects and Chashama in New York.

www.lieslpfeffer.com/

Jeroen De Wandel

Jeroen De Wandel (°1980, Ronse, lives and works in Ghent) studied photography at the Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. He uses photography as a starting point to create new images from all sorts of material (photographic or otherwise) from his personal image archives, which tie in with his themes and interests, often with a social slant.

Main themes are manipulation (in all its aspects), our brain/memory, time and the use of the medium photography, whether or not in relation to painting. His work is a cross-pollination between photography, mixed media and installation; in recent years the focus of his work has shifted from photography more towards collage, installation and sculptural work.
His work has been shown at FoMu in Antwerp and the Rietveld Pavilion in Amersfoort, among other places. He was selected for Futures (European program for young artists) and Festival Circulations 2020 (FR).

www.jeroendewandel.com

Valérie Leray

Valérie Leray, born in 1975, lives and works as an independent photographer in Orléans and Berlin. She graduated as a Master in Photography and Multimedia at the Paris 8 University. The main topic of her work is the question of presence/ absence of History in contemporary photography. In 2008, her project “Nomads” was awarded the label of “The European Year for Intercultural Dialog”. It also got a contribution by the Delegation of Foreign Affairs and a purchase by the Centre France Region (1% artistic). Her works was exhibited in different venues like the Europäischer Monat der Fotografie (Berlin), Fotoseptiembre (Mexico D.F), Pyngyao International Photography festival in Paris, Berlin, Orléans, among others.

Since 1999, Valérie Leray is the Artistic Director of La Mire (ex Lumen) in Orléans (FR), a non-profit organization aimed at promoting photography and video. With the same organization she founded the AIR Program called A ROOF ABOVE YOUR HEAD set up in Berlin. 

www.valerieleray.com

Erwan Quaegebeur

Born in Lille in 1984, Erwan Quaegebeur had adopted Brussels as its home since 2016. After 10 years of experience in international trade, he co-founded Modern Blocks, an online platform dedicated to contemporary photography. Avid and curious of novelty in the image, his priority is to make contemporary photography more accessible but also to offer better visibility to talented photographers throughout a new space of exhibition.

www.modern-blocks.com

Ali Kanaan

Ali Kanaan, born 1988 in Lebanon, is a Berlin based photographer with a passion for documentary photography, street photography and portrait photography mainly within the music and film industry.

 

Together with his brother Mo Kanaan he runs the film & photo production company Kanaan Brothers.

www.kanaanbrothers.com

Lynn Klemmer

Lynn Klemmer is a multimedia artist working with video, sound, textiles and digital tools. She studied  Fine Art (Media) & Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dubin (2017). Her practice attempts to approach the margins defining and differentiating concepts, media and atmospheres, and to tentatively push beyond them. Lines become blurred and new perspectives arise; clear demarcations pass into intricate networks, in which no single point can exist without reference to its relations. Lingering at this crossing, the artist seeks to create an audiovisual space for thinking and sensing the possibility of hybrid realities.

lynnklemmer.com

Joseph Warren

Joseph is a British born artist whose interest in the performative and sculptural qualities of photography guides his practice. Hugely inspired by experimentation, he uses the photographic medium as a tool of intrigue; allowing him to inspect and investigate the complex relationship between subject and object. As a graduate of Photographic Arts from the University of Westminster, London, he now lives and works in Berlin. 

Bénédicte Blondeau

Bénédicte Blondeau [b. 1986] is a lens-based artist born in La Louvière, Belgium. She studied Photography at Ar.co [Lisbon, Portugal] and Academy of Fine Arts [Ghent, Belgium] and earned a Master’s degree in Applied Communication at IHECS [Brussels, Belgium]. She participated in various exhibitions and talks across Europe and her work has been published in numerous magazines internationally. In 2019, her first photo book «Ce qu’il reste» was released by the Lisbon-based publisher  XYZ books. «Ce qu’il reste» is a finalist for Photo España’s best book award, received an honorable mention at the DGLab Book Design Awards and has been shortlisted for the ADAGP MAD Revelation Artist Book Award and the Stiftung Buchkunst  «Best Book Design From All Over the World». Her first monographic exhibition took place at  Photoforum Pasquart  in Switzerland in 2021. In 2022, her work was part of two collective exhibitions curated by Anne Immelé: « Sous influence » at the «Biennale de la Photographie de Mulhouse» (together with Matthew Genitempo and Batia Suter among others) and «those eyes, these eyses, they fade» at Valletta Contemporary Gallery in Malta with Awoiska van der Molen, Bernard Plossu and Nigel Baldacchino. Her new solo show "Ondes" is currently taking place at G37 gallery in Berlin. Bénédicte Blondeau also worked as a documentary movies director and is currently curating photography exhibitions for PEP - the Photographic Exploration Project - that she founded in Berlin in 2019.

www.benedicteblondeau.com