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.