In 2018, Eye will present an exhibition of the first three Prize winners’ work in Amsterdam.
The Eye Prize, created by the Dutch film museum Eye and the Paddy & Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund, aims to support and promote an artist or filmmaker whose work has contributed to the developments in the field between art and film in a remarkable manner.
London-based Ben Rivers was chosen from a shortlist presented to the Jury by an international Advisory Board. The selection was made on the basis of the recipient’s body of work – Rivers is developing a significant oeuvre, contributing in an outstanding manner to the developments in the field between visual arts and film.
Ben Rivers’ work as an artist/filmmaker treads a line between documentary and fiction – often following and filming people who have in some way separated themselves from society. The raw film footage provides Rivers with a starting point for creating oblique narratives imagining alternative existences in marginal worlds.
- Ben Rivers, Things, 2014