Professionals Bourse CNA 2020 Aide à la création et à la diffusion en photographie

Recipients of the grant 'Bourse CNA' –  2020 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, 64 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 12th edition, 21 applications were received from which the jury selected 6 winners for the realization of a creation or publication project:


·         Bruno Baltzer & Leonora Bisagno: Démolir la façade (création)

·         Justine Blau : phusis kruptesthai philei (publication)

·         Samuel Bollendorff: ÉLÉMENTS (création)

·         Marie Capesius:  VARVAKIS (création)

·         Carine Krecké: Hatestate / Looking for Abdu H  (création)

·         Birgit Ludwig: THICKETS, RIVERS (création)


The jury, which met on October 20, 2020, was composed of Vincent Crapon, chargé de Missions – Programme culturel et Arts Visuels (Esch 2022) ; Marlène Kreins, responsable des Centres d’Art Dudelange ; Christian Mosar, directeur artistique de la Konschthal Esch ; Céline Offermanns, Collaboratice scientique KIT - Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf ; Anke Reitz, curatrice et responsable Steichen Collections (CNA).


The works supported with the grant will be carried out during the year 2021.


Bruno Baltzer & Leonora Bisagno

Démolir la façade 



Démolir la façade is a photographic project that follows research started by Baltzer and Bisagno in 2019 in Carrara, Italy and which investigates the deep link between the development and permanence of libertarian thought in the territory and the work of the “cavatori” in the marble quarries of the Apuan Alps. The project aims to reveal the impact of this link on the local material and historical culture marked by global dynamics.





Justine Blau

Phusis kruptesthai philei



Justine Blau wants to develop a publication that forms an extension of the project entitled 'Vida Inerte - Phusis kruptesthai philei', which she presented in 2020 at the Center d'Art Nei Liicht in Dudelange. The publication will combine selected pieces from the exhibition, a series of images from the artist's recent research, as well as interviews with scientists and philosophers who deal with evolution, preservation, finitude and sensory illusion.





Samuel Bollendorff



ÉLÉMENTS is a series based around the elements water, air, fire and earth, made uncontrollable by climate change. Within a year,  "mega-fires" ravaged California and Australia. Hurricane Irma hit the West Indies with winds of 360 km / h. In Europe, tornadoes are appearing. The equivalent of 3 months of rain fell in the Aude in 24 hours. While on Banks Island, the permafrost is melting, releasing methane, forming 40m craters. The planet is racing. All these phenomena give the context for Samuel Bollendorff to report and take the measure of climate change.





Marie Capesius



Varvakis borrows its title from Ioannis Varvakis, ancestor of photographer Marie Capesius. Greek national hero as well as pirate, he sacrificed his boat under fire during the Battle of Tchesme in 1770. Rewarded for this act by Catherine II of Russia, he subsequently made his fortune in the export of caviar. Intrigued by the character, Capesius embarks on a photographic journey that links historical facts to a symbolic research on the origins and histories of her family.





Birgit Ludwig



THICKETS, RIVERS consists in a series of photographs taken over several road trips in Bosnia Herzegovina. The photographs will compose a mosaic inhabited by different themes, distilles in natural, urban or industrial environments, sites of historical resonance and scenes of intimacy. In the pictures, the anthropologocal, the vernacular brushes with a metaphysical or surreal dimension. Sometimes they contain an almost fairy tale-like ambience of enchantment, magic of doom.





Carine Krecké

Hatestate / Looking for Abdu H



Hatestate / Looking for Abdu H by Carine Krecké is a continuation of the artist's cartographic research offering visual surveys based on exploration of Google Street View (GSV). For Syria, in civil war since 2011, GSV is not available. However, a certain number of 360 ° photographs are offered by the Street View platform depicting this country in ruins. They were posted by Syrian citizens who witnessed a horrific and endless war. They will be at the heart of this visual inquiry project, offering a literary component based on a vast archive of images.

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