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Grange Prize 2012 nominees announced
August 22, 2012
Four photographers, one grand prize of $50,000.
Let the voting begin.
The Grange Prize for contemporary photography is the only major Canadian art award that relies on a public vote to determine the winner. Along with the Sobey Art Prize and the Scotiabank Photo Award, it’s also one of the few to offer a sizeable chunk of cash.
The award, now in its fifth year, is a bi-national affair. Two Canadians are shortlisted along with two artists from another country — this year the United Kingdom — by a jury of top photography experts from both countries led by Sophie Hackett, the assistant curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Work from the four finalists will go on display at the AGO on Sept. 5, 2012.
Online voting at www.thegrangeprize.com begins Wednesday and continues until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 30. The winner will be announced amid pomp and ceremony at the AGO on Nov. 1.
The runners-up will each win $5,000 each to develop new projects and all four will receive artist residencies.
The contenders are:
• Jason Evans, U.K.
His portraits of Radiohead accompany album covers and hundreds of articles about the band, but the Welsh fashion and music photographer is best known critically for his 1991 collection “Strictly,” a stereotype challenging portrait series of highly-styled young black men. He also runs the ephemeral online project, The Daily Nice, where he puts up one photo a day that makes him smile with no archive.
• Emmanuelle Léonard, Canada.
The Montréal native’s photography and video work often focuses on the relationship between photography and the law, displayed in collections of gritty and gory crime scene photos and videos of police interrogations. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Pierre-Ayot Award, presented by the city of Montréal for excellence in visual arts.
• Jo Longhurst, U.K.
The Essex-born photographer’s two best-known bodies of work examine the nature and pursuit of physical perfection. Her collection “Other Spaces” centres on elite gymnasts and “The Refusal” on Whippet show dogs and the breeder’s “obsessive quest for the perfect dog.”
• Annie MacDonell, Canada
The relationship between originality and contemporary art is at the heart of work of the Toronto-based multimedia artist. Her most recent project “The Fortune Teller” was displayed at the AGO as part of the TorontoNow exhibit, featuring a video of the restoration of a resin hand from an early-twentieth-century fortune-telling machine.
via the toronto star
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