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The Grange Prize Videos – Moyra Davey on Finding Ideas and Working with Multiple Media

In anticipation of the start of public voting next Wednesday, September 22, we’ve been posting new content every day featuring one of the artists shortlisted for The Grange Prize all this week on the blog.

In the third video of this week’s series, Canadian artist Moyra Davey discusses how concepts of time affect her practice, inform her ideas, and are threaded into her pictures.

See Moyra and the three other artists nominated for The Grange Prize 2010 in person at The Grange Prize talk, hosted at the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall on Wednesday, September 22 at 7pm. Watch the talk, check out the exhibition, and vote for your favourite, all on September 22!

Why is this a letter?

Moyra Davey, Canadian, 32 Photographs from Paris, 2009, chromogenic print, postage, tape, each 30.5 x 45.7 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Murray Guy, New York.

“At one point I put down the camera, because I had a very strong desire to write something. It was just after September 11. The idea was to write something and then, hopefully, to make a video, although I was not convinced at all that this text could become a video… Somehow the act of writing and publishing some of these texts, and bringing my photographs in to play with these texts, gave me the desire to start photographing again. It became this circularity of one thing feeding the other.”

– Moyra Davey, nominee for The Grange Prize 2010

Who will you choose? Vote for your favourite online at or inside the exhibition at the AGO beginning September 22!

The Grange Prize Videos – Moyra Davey on Choosing Photography

Another edition of The Grange Prize web series is upon us! Watch Canadian artist Morya Davey discuss how an early encounter with a pair of artists impacted her, and why she chose to work in photography.

Stay tuned to the blog for an introduction to Josh Brand, the other American shortlisted for the prize, coming soon! And we’ll have more from each of the four shortlisted artists as we approach the big day: Wednesday, September 22, the date that The Grange Prize Exhibition 2010 opens at the AGO, and voting begins! Plus, the AGO will be hosting a free talk that day with all four artists in-person! Save the date!

Inside the artist’s studio

This week we’ve had the incredible opportunity to visit the studios of each of the four shortlisted artists. First stop: Kristan Horton’s studio in Toronto’s west-end. Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Photography, spoke to Kristan about why he chose to become an artist, why he works in photography, and Kristan talked us through his process in making his incredible ‘Orbits’ series, three of which are pictured hanging on the wall in the above image.

We’ll be posting excerpts from the interview on the blog later this month, so stay tuned. (Plus, we promise a special guest appearance from Kristan’s amazing cat, Hank., which you really don’t want to miss.)

Walking into Moyra Davey’s Washington Heights apartment is a little bit like walking into one of her photographs. Books and objects fill the shelves and surfaces, reflecting the importance of literature as an influence and objects as a subject in Davey’s practice. In conversation with Sophie Hackett, the AGO’s Assistant Curator of Photography, Davey discussed the numerous artists and writers who have influenced her practice, reflected on the transition in photographic technology, and, much to our delight, showed us her cameras, explaining when and how she’s used each one in creating her work.

You’ll see excerpts from this conversation posted throughout the summer right here on The Grange Prize blog, so stay tuned!