2013 Nominees

Edgardo Aragón

Edgardo Aragón, Boat from the series Message/Warning, 2007 -2011, digital photograph, 63.5 x 91.44 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Proyectos Monclova.

Edgardo Aragón (born 1985) received his B.A. in Fine Arts from the ENPEG la Esmeralda, Mexico City. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at institutions including the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporaneo (MUAC), Mexico City; MoMA P.S.1, New York; and the Luckman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. His work has also been included in group exhibitions including Resisting the Present, Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 2012; Disponible: A Kind of Mexican Show, San Francisco Art Institute, 2011; Historias Fugaces, Laboral Centro de Arte, Gijon, 2011; and El horizonte del topo, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, 2010. His work was also included in the 3rd Moscow Biennial of Young Artists, the 12th Istanbul Biennial, and the 8th Mercosur Biennial. His films have been screened in film festivals in Werkletiz, Marseille, and Mexico City. He lives and works in Oaxaca.

LaToya Ruby Frazier

LaToya Ruby Frazier, Momme, from the series Notion of Family 2002-present, 2008, 50.8 x 60.96 cm

LaToya Ruby Frazier was born and raised in Braddock, Pennsylvania. She earned a B.F.A. in applied media arts from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2004, and an M.F.A. in art photography from Syracuse University in 2007. She completed the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program in 2011. Her work is informed by late 19th- and early 20th-century modes of representation in documentary practice. With an emphasis on postmodern conditions, class, and capitalism, Frazier investigates issues of propaganda, politics, and the importance of subjectivity.Her work has been shown in museums and galleries in New York City including the Whitney Museum of American Art: 2012 Whitney Biennial, P.S.1 MoMA 2010 Greater New York, the New Museum of Contemporary Art 2009 triennial Younger Than Jesus, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Living and Dreaming, the Museum of the City of New York, Moveable Feast and at the Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh Biennial, Gertrude's /Lot. Her first solo-museum show Mother May I was held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit in 2010. Her upcoming 2013 solo-projects include, A Haunted Capital at the Brooklyn Museum and Witness at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Frazier's work has been exhibited internationally at the 2012 Daegu Photo Biennale, Daegu Korea, the 2011 Incheon Women Artists' Biennale, Incheon Korea, in Commercial Break, Garage Projects Venice, Italy and with Galerie Michel Rein in Paris. Currently LaToya is a featured artist in the Art 21 documentary series New York Close Up. Since 2007 she has been the Associate Curator for the Mason Gross Galleries at Rutgers University, where she has also taught photography in the Mason Gross School of the Arts. In 2012 Frazier was appointed critic in photography at Yale University.

Chino Otsuka

Chino Otsuka, 1976 and 2005 Kamakura, Japan from the series Imagine Finding Me, 2005, Chromogenic Print, 305x406 mm

Chino Otsuka was born in Tokyo, Japan and came to UK to be educated at Summerhill School, the progressive co-educational boarding school, at the age of 10. She studied photography at University of Westminster and received MA in Fine Art Photography at Royal College of Art. She has exhibited widely in UK, Europe and Asia. Recently she had a major solo show at Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, Amsterdam. Group shows include Helsinki Photogrphy Festival, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Victoria & Albert Museum, UK, LACMA, US, Dong Gang Museum of Photography, South Korea and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, India. She has also published four books in Japan as a writer and published her first autobiographical book at the age of 15 to much acclaim. Her works are found in public collections including National Media Museum, UK, Wilson Centre for Photography, UK, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. The series Imagine Finding Me has become her most exhibited work showing over 14 countries.