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Announcing the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize long list!

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Today, the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize announced its first-ever long list of 14 finalists from around the world, including photographers from North and South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. The $50,000 prize honours living artists whose work in photography and video over the past five years has displayed extraordinary potential.

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize 2013 long list includes:

  • Edgardo Aragón (Mexico)
  • Jessica Eaton (Canada)
  • Em’Kal Eyongakpa (Cameroon)
  • LaToya Ruby Frazier (U.S.)
  • Regina José Galindo (Guatemala)
  • Ron Jude (U.S.)
  • Tomoko Kikuchi (Japan)
  • Emanuel Licha (Canada)
  • Abraham Oghobase (Nigeria)
  • Chino Otsuka (Japan)
  • Erin Shirreff (Canada)
  • Dan Siney (Canada)
  • Efrat Shvily (Israel)
  • Lucie Stahl (Germany)

The nominators are leading Canadian and international experts in photography (curators, academics, and artists) who have each nominated two artists for the Prize — one from their home countries or regions of expertise and one internationally.

The prestigious group of nominators for the 2013 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize include:

  • Yael Bartana, artist
  • Jennifer Blessing, senior curator, Photography, Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • Karen Irvine, curator and associate director, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago
  • Michiko Kasahara, chief curator, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
  • Mark Lanctôt, curator, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal
  • Helga Pakasaar, curator, Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
  • José Roca, adjunct curator, Latin American Art, Tate
  • Bisi Silva, director, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, Nigeria

From the list of 14 artists, a jury of three experts headed by lead juror Elizabeth Smith, AGO executive director of Curatorial Affairs, will select a short list of four, including at least one Canadian artist. These four artists will receive a fully funded six-week residency in Canada and their work will be exhibited at the AGO beginning Sept. 11, 2013.

The winner will be selected by a public vote inside the AGO exhibition and online at http://www.aimiaagophotographyprize.com. The shortlist will be announced on Aug. 27, 2013, and the winner will be announced at AGO First Thursdays on Nov. 7.

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