Professionals Bourse CNA 2019 Aide à la création et à la diffusion en photographie

Recipients of the grant 'Bourse CNA' –  2019 edition 


As part of its mission to encourage and support the creation and broadcasting of author's work in the field of photography as well as in a training perspective, the Centre national de l'audiovisuel  (CNA) has set up its grant "Bourse CNA - Aide à la création et à la diffusion en photographie" in 2009. 

Since its inception, over 50 photographic projects have been supported.

The grant is aimed at artists, professionals or in training, of Luxembourg nationality, or living in Luxembourg with a practice in photography.

No subject or photographic "genre" is imposed, the aim being to support talented creators, with no age limit, allowing them to carry out personal photographic work or to support its distribution through publication. The CNA supports the selected artists during the development of their projects.


For this 11th edition, 20 applications were received from which the jury selected 6 winners for the realization of a creation or publication project:


·         Sébastien Cuvelier:  Paradise City  (publication)

·         Anna Krieps: Blazar  (publication)

·         Carole Melchior:  eleutheromania "an intense and irresistible desire for freedom"  (publication)

·         Pasha Rafiy: Tehrangeles  (publication/creation)

·         Marie Sommer: L’Œil et la Glace  (creation)

·         Jeff Weber : Neural Networks  (creation)


The jury, which met on October 22, 2019, was composed of  Marlène Kreins, responsable Centres d’Art Dudelange ; Anne-Françoise Lesuisse, artistic director at the Biennale de l'Image Possible/BIP ; Emanuela Mazzonis, independant curator; Damian Zimmermann, journalist, photographer, art critic an co-founder of the Internationale Photoszene Köln ; and Marguy Conzémius, curator (CNA).


The works supported with the grant will be carried out during the year 2020.



Sébastien Cuvelier

Paradise City


Paradise City is a personal search through both the contemporary and ancient landscapes of Iran to locate an elusive, dreamlike version of paradise. My journeys to Iran were inspired by a manuscript written on my late uncle’s journey to Persepolis nearly 50 years ago.

The sheer concept of paradise is inherently Iranian. The word paradise comes from old Persian paridaida – meaning walled garden. It is therefore only natural that this word resonates in all corners of a country where history is full of nostalgia, people are deeply romantic and flowers are everywhere. The country’s young and connected population has had to constantly adjust its way of living since the 1979 revolution, in order to circumvent the limitations imposed by the Government. They seek paradise, but are unsure where to look.





Anna Krieps



Blazar is a publication based on the relationship between humans and the cosmos. The artist's approach is to present under this theme a selection of unique stories and portraits of characters encountered throughout her research, specialists in astronomy, cosmonauts and ordinary inhabitants help to enrich the project By associating photography, photographs and personal notes, the book that Anna Krieps wishes to produce, seeks to question space and the relationship we have with it.





Carole Melchior

eleutheromania "an intense and irresistible desire for freedom"


Eleutheromania: this enigmatic word, the sound of which immediately inspired Carole Melchior, has a meaning that enchants. Formed from ancient Greek, by combining the terms eleuthería - freedom, independence - and mania, it denotes the intense, excessive even, desire for freedom. By choosing it as the title, the photographer invites us to consider her work in the light of this desire.





Pasha Rafiy



Tehrangeles is conceived as an artist's book featuring new and recent photographic work, taken in Iran and the United States between 2018 and 2020, a period marked by the rise of political tensions between these countries. The book will feature photographs referencing classic genres such as portraits, landscape photography as well as still lifes, and will continue the artist's research and investigations into aesthetic topographies





Marie Sommer

L’Œil et la Glace


L’Oeil et la glace explores, through photography and video, the transformations of technologies, mediums and archives during the Cold War. Through this project, the artist studies the journeys of the image and the different places and machines that produced and preserved them. L’Œil et la Glace (the Eye and the Ice) focuses on the archives of the Cold War in Canada and links them with the transformations and representations of the northern territories.


Discover the resulting exhibition here





Jeff Weber

Neural Networks


The artist's research proposal can be summed up by the improvement of a procedure for the production of photograms which he has developed. These images are generated by an artificial neural network - data processing software that Jeff Weber created which emulates the way neurons connect to each other in the brain. It is this neural network, rendered in animated sequence and exposed on photo paper, that creates the light and shadow distribution for the resulting frame.

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