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Villa Romana fellows for 2009 nominated:
four young artists received stipends from the artists' residence in Florence sponsored by the Deutsche Bank Foundation

Olivier Foulon, Kalin Lindena, Benjamin Yavuzsoy, and Eske Schlüters have been voted the 2009 Villa Romana fellows. At a meeting on July 18 and 19 in Florence, this year's jury – consisting of Susanne Titz, director of Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach, and the Berlin-based artist Eran Schaerf – selected these four artists from 11 proposed applications. The Villa Romana Prize is connected with a ten-month work stay (February to November) at the artists' house in Florence as well as a monthly stipend. The Villa Romana Prize is awarded by the Villa Romana Patron's Association and financed by the Deutsche Bank Foundation, the Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs, and additional private sponsors.

Olivier Foulon, born in Anderlecht, Belgium, in 1976, studied at the Ecole de Recherche Graphique in Brussels and subsequently in 2001 and 2002 at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. Today he lives in Berlin. In 2005 he received the highly acclaimed Young Belgian Painters Award. Foulon's artistic work is concerned with questions of representation and the act of drawing, with reference systems for picture production and their (art-historical) antecedents and repetitions, with the status of model and copy, fragment and whole, indications and history. His exhibitions are precise "mise en scènes" with complex iconographic and spatiotemporal references.

Kalin Lindena, born in 1977 in Hanover, Germany, studied with Walter Dahn at the HBK Braunschweig and today lives in Berlin. In 2005 she was awarded the art prize "junger westen" and in 2008 the Art Cologne Young Artist Prize. In her stage-like installations, the artist operates with different media (drawing, painting, sculpture, film) and materials and cites pop and everyday cultural signets as well as art-historical gestures. The linchpin of her artistic production remains the ambivalence of quotation and authenticity, expression and the hermetically fragmented. She is represented with several works in the Deutsche Bank Collection.

Eske Schlüters, born in 1970, studied visual communication at the HFBK Hamburg. She processes texts and pictures by appropriating visual and acoustic excerpts from existing film material and disassembling, reassembling, or reconstructing attitudes. Her filmic narratives are structured by omitted connections and subsequent omissions; she works with media as a strategy of circumvention. In 2006 the Museum of Contemporary Art in Siegen, Germany, devoted a solo exhibition to Eske Schlüters entitled Sehen als Denken sehen (Seeing as Seeing Thought).

Benjamin Yavuzsoy, born in 1980, completed his studies at the HFBK Hamburg in 2007 under Professor Wiebke Siem and continues to live in Hamburg. In addition to producing text miniatures, Yavuzsoy works with the format of "video letters" and short video films in which he is often on camera himself. These works document performative actions which cast doubt on the codex of intimate and public spaces, the construction of something that is one’s own versus not one's own, or they mark the impossible by means of "generous gestures."

Villa Romana is supported by Deutsche Bank as the main sponsor and is an internationally oriented artists' residence in Florence. In addition to studio and living spaces, it contains exhibition rooms, lodging rooms for artists, curators, and guests, as well as a 15,000 square meter garden in which public projects are mounted. The Villa Romana was acquired in 1905 by the painter Max Klinger with the support of a circle of his friends to provide artists with a spacious workspace. The patron of the Villa Romana and founder of the Villa Romana Fellowship is the registered association Villa Romana e.V. In 2006 and 2007 Villa Romana was amply renovated. Situated in the city of Florence with its overabundance of art-historical treasures, the Villa Romana serves as a forum for contemporary art which with exhibitions and different kinds of events initiates dialogue with the general public in the area and cooperative ventures with interesting partners.

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