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Stokroos Stipendium | HKU 2013

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Yacintha van Zuidam is the second awardee of Stokroos Foundation, which annually awards one stipend to a graduate of Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht to spend a working period at Flutgraben e.V.

Yacintha works by means of drawing and installation on questions concerning visible and invisible power structures, such as cases of (internet-)censorship or financial and political elites. During her four-month long residency at Flutgraben e.V. she questioned in particular the role Western companies play in the international surveillance industry. She addresses the increasing disappearance of moments of privacy or the right to informational self-determination. How are power and control exercised in Western societies? How fatal is the impact of seemingly neutral surveillance technologies once they're applied in global contexts? Can we comprehend the repercussion that these technologies produce?

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