Two UK photographers shortlisted for Canadian photography prize
Two photographers from the United Kingdom, Jason Evans and Jo Longhurst, have been shortlisted for The Grange Prize. The annual £32,000 award is one of the largest of its kind for contemporary photography, and one of the few major art prizes in the world whose winner is chosen entirely by public vote.
Online voting for the winner begins today at thegrangeprize.com and is open until 11:59pm on 30 Oct, 2012. The winner will be announced on 1 Nov, 2012. All four shortlisted artists will receive an international residency supporting their artistic development, and the three runners-up will each receive £3200 toward the research and production of new work.
The artists on the shortlist have been selected by a jury of leading British and Canadian photography experts led by Sophie Hackett, assistant curator of photography at the AGO, and including Sara Knelman, a London-based writer and curator; Charlotte Cotton, a prominent writer and curator; and UK-based artist duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.
This year’s shortlisted artists share a fascination with the world of images that surround us every day — from fashion editorial and sports photography to landscape images and crime scene documentation.
Exhibitions of the finalists’ work will be mounted in London, at Canada House in Trafalgar Square, and in Toronto, at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Canada House will celebrate the opening of the UK exhibition with a reception on 27 Sept, 2012. A voting station will be on site in each exhibition to allow visitors to vote in person. Each exhibition, in London and in Toronto, will be on view until 6 Jan, 2013.
Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Gordon Campbell, said: "We're very pleased to be able to exhibit the work of the finalists for The Grange Prize at Canada House, and to offer the public a chance to see such exciting work in an iconic location. The relationship between Canada and the UK is an important one politically, historically and culturally. That fact is reflected in the choice of the UK as the first European partner country for The Grange Prize."
Matthew Teitelbaum, Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario, said: “The United Kingdom is known internationally for its excellence in contemporary photography, and I’m delighted that it is our first European partner for The Grange Prize. The AGO and Aimia founded the Prize with the shared intent to provide a platform for photographic artists who are at pivotal moments in their careers. We’re proud to accomplish that, and I offer my sincere congratulations to all four of the shortlisted candidates.”
The Grange Prize 2012 Shortlist:
- Jason Evans was born in Holyhead, Wales. His wide-ranging photographic practice includes fashion editorial, art photography, online projects, and collaborations with musicians including Caribou, Four Tet, and Radiohead. His online project The Daily Nice features one image per day that makes him smile, with no archive. Evans’ series Strictly, featuring portraits of highly-styled young men on the suburban streets of the UK, is part of the collection at the Tate.
- Jo Longhurst was born in Essex, UK and has gained international recognition for her work, having exhibited in London, Paris, and Berlin, including at Documenta (13), currently on view in Kassel, Germany. A PhD graduate from the Royal College of Art, Longhurst’s work investigates ideas of physical perfection and self-creation, capturing the striking portraits of elite gymnasts and Whippet show dogs in her two primary bodies of work, Other Spaces and The Refusal.
- Emmanuelle Léonard was born in Montréal. A graduate from the Université du Québec à Montréal, she has exhibited widely at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal, Kunsthaus Dresden and Neuer Berliner Kuntsverein in Germany, and Mercer Union in Toronto. Her works tackle the persuasive nature of the photographic image, questioning such tenets as artistic and legal authority, the nature of evidence, and perceptions of beauty. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Pierre-Ayot Award, presented by the city of Montréal for excellence in visual arts.
- Annie MacDonell is a Toronto-based visual artist working in a variety of media. Moving between appropriation, re-animation and deconstruction, her practice includes photography, film, installation, sculpture, and sound. She studied photography at Ryerson's School of Image Arts, followed by an MFA at Le Fresnoy, Studio National des Arts Contemporains, in France. Her photos have been shown at the Art Gallery of Windsor, the AGO, The Power Plant, and Le Grand Palais in Paris.
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