Today, together with Aeroplan, we are proud to announce the four finalists for The Grange Prize 2012, the only major Canadian art prize whose winner is chosen by public vote. Two artists from Canada and two from the United Kingdom will compete for the $50,000 prize.
Online voting begins today at www.thegrangeprize.com and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 30, 2012. The winner will be announced on Nov. 1, and we’re hosting a big public party to mark the occasion (stay tuned for details).
The artists on this year’s shortlist 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.
Let’s meet them!
Jason Evans was born in Holyhead, Wales in 1968. 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 happy, with no archive. Evans’ series Strictly, featuring portraits of highly styled young men on the suburban streets of the U.K., is part of the collection of the Tate.
Emmanuelle Léonard was born in Montréal in 1971. 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.
Jo Longhurst was born in Essex, England, and has gained international recognition for her work, having exhibitioned in London, Paris and Berlin, including at Documenta (13), currently on view in Kassel, Germany. A graduate from the Royal College of Art, with a PhD by Practice, 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.
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 Art Gallery of Ontario, the Power Plant and Le Grand Palais in Paris.
The four finalists were selected by a nominating jury of leading Canadian and British photography experts, led by Sophie Hackett, assistant curator of photography at the AGO, and including Sara Knelman, a London, U.K.-based writer and curator; Charlotte Cotton, a prominent writer and curator; and U.K.-based artist duo Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin.
FREE Public Launch Party, Exhibitions, and Dialogues
Mingle with the artists and jurors at The Grange Prize 2012 public launch party on Sept. 5, 2012, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This free event marks the opening of The Grange Prize 2012 Exhibition and will feature a set by DJ Jaime Sin, a cash bar and presentations by each of the jurors.
The finalists’ work will also be highlighted in a U.K. exhibition, at Canada House in London’s Trafalgar Square, which will open with a reception on Sept. 27. Voting stations will be on site in both locations to allow visitors to vote in person. Both exhibitions will be on view until Jan. 6, 2013.
Join the conversation at the first installment of The Grange Prize 2012 Dialogues, “Questions of Context: The Artists and Jurors in Conversation,” on Sept. 7, from 3 to 6 p.m.