Shortlist Announced for Prix Pictet Hope

Saturday, July 6, 2019
Shortlist Announced for Prix Pictet Hope

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the celebrated Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in the South of France. Over the last eleven years the Prix Pictet screening has become an important part of the opening week of the Festival. On 4 July, during the Prix Pictet’s annual screening at the Roman Theatre in Arles, Stephen Barber, Chair of the Prix Pictet, announced the shortlist for the eighth cycle of the prize.

Image: Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Melody under the Sun – Gottlieb (“God is love”) ǂKhatanab ǁGaseb aka Die vioolman (The Violinist) is a self-taught musician who lives in a remote outpost beneath the Dȃures granite massif. He earns a living from playing the violin at community weddings and funerals, 2014. Series: Cry Sadness into the Coming Rain, 2014 – 2018 © Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Prix Pictet

 

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the celebrated Les Rencontres d’Arles photography festival in the South of France. Over the last eleven years the Prix Pictet screening has become an important part of the opening week of the Festival.

 

Awoiska Van der Molen, #384-16, 2013. From the series: Im schwarzen Himmelsrund, 2009 – 18 © Awoiska Van der Molen, Prix Pictet

 

On 4 July, during the Prix Pictet’s annual screening at the Roman Theatre in Arles, Stephen Barber, Chair of the Prix Pictet, announced the shortlist for the eighth cycle of the prize.

 

Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Melody under the Sun – Gottlieb (“God is love”) ǂKhatanab ǁGaseb aka Die vioolman (The Violinist) is a self-taught musician who lives in a remote outpost beneath the Dȃures granite massif. He earns a living from playing the violin at community weddings and funerals, 2014. Series: Cry Sadness into the Coming Rain, 2014 – 2018 © Margaret Courtney-Clarke, Prix Pictet

 

The shortlist features work by 12 artists from 8 countries on 4 continents. In making their selection, the independent jury, chaired by Sir David King, praised the outstanding quality of the portfolios submitted for the award.

 

Joana Choumali, Untitled, 2019. Series: Ça va aller, 2016 – 2019 © Joana Choumali, Prix Pictet

 

The artists shortlisted for the eighth Prix Pictet are Shahidul Alam (Bangladesh), Joana Choumali (Côte d’Ivoire), Margaret Courtney-Clarke (Namibia), Rena Effendi(Azerbaijan), Lucas Foglia (United States), Janelle Lynch (United States), Ross McDonnell(Ireland), Gideon Mendel (South Africa), Ivor Prickett (Ireland), Robin Rhode (South Africa), Awoiska van der Molen (Netherlands), Alexia Webster (South Africa).

 

Ivor Prickett, Eissa al-Ali and his family return home to their heavily destroyed neighbourhood in Raqqa, Syria, after years of displacement. The battle to liberate the city from ISIS destroyed 80% of buildings and likely killed thousands of civilians, 2018. Series: End of the Caliphate, 2016 – 2018 ©

Hope

The theme for the eighth cycle of the Prix Picket is Hope a theme that offers a wide range of creative possibilities and a strong set of connections to the Prix Pictet's overriding theme of sustainability. Hope in the face of adversity. Recycling. Reforestation. Rewilding. Science – advances in medicine – and technological solutions for global environmental problems. Falling poverty levels.

It is time to examine some of the positive actions on sustainability that are beginning to emerge by contrast with the alarming analysis that constantly assails us in the global media

 

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