2014 Nominated Artists
b. 1978, Kawasaki, Japan
based in Tokyo, Japan
Born and raised in Kawasaki, Arai studied daguerreotype by himself and is known as a unique contemporary daguerreotypist in Japan. Arai graduated Tokyo Collage of Photography, he is a lecturer at Kyoto University of Art and Design, Kyoto; Nippon Photography Institute, Tokyo. Arai's work is shown internationally. His major solo exhibitions include - The Eyes of Fukushima 2: MIRRORS HALF ASLEEP (2012), Maruki Gallery For The Hiroshima Panels, Saitama, Japan; Here and There - Ashita no Shima (2012), Ginza and Osaka Nikon Salons, Tokyo, Osaka; Dream of Image, Timeless Gallery, Beijing; Mirrors in Our Nights (2011), Kawasaki City Museum, Kawasaki; Lights, Water, Conglomerate (2011), Gallery Zero, Meiji University, Kawasaki; Flawless Lakes (2008), Project Basho, Philadelphia; Rendezvous on Mirror (2006), Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama.
Selected group shows include – Out of Doubt: Roppongi Crossing (2013), Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; Photography Today 4: In Their Persistent Endeavors to Meet the World (2012), The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; EXPOSE (2011-2012), KEN, Tokyo; Immemorial Foreseeing (2010), Fellini Gallery, Shanghai; Héritages de Daguerre, Exposition en France de Daguerréotypes contemporains internationaux et Diorama de Bry-sur-Marne (2008), Musée Adrien Mentienne, Bry-sur-Marne, France; City Panoramic (2007), San Art, Ho Chi Minn City. Arai is 1st prize winner of the Image Object Exhibit 2013 at the Center for Alternative Photography in NYC. His work is included in the public collection of Musée Adrien Mentienne.
b. 1981, Langley, BC
based in Vancouver, BC
Raymond Boisjoly is an artist from Chilliwack whose work engages issues of Indigeneity, language as a cultural practice, and experiential aspects of materiality. He has participated in exhibitions at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Western Bridge and numerous artist-run centres.
b. 1976, Manaus, Brazil
based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Born in Manaus (Amazon) in 1976, Braga graduated in Visual Arts from the Federal University of Pernambuco (2002) in Recife and is currently living in Rio de Janeiro. In 2009 and 2010 he received two grants for artistic creation conceded by Funarte. Of the main group exhibitions, we remark: Modern Photographic Expression of Brazil (Japan, 2008); New Art New, CCBB, (Rio de Janeiro, 2008 and São Paulo, 2009); Rumos Itaú Cultural of Visual Arts (São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belém, 2006); Neighbors: networked art in Brazil (Austria, 2006); The Body in Brazilian Contemporary Art, Itaú Cultural (São Paulo, 2005); Photomeetings Luxembourg (Luxemburg, 2005); Contemporary Art Institute – IAC (Recife, 2002).
Some solo exhibitions: Altered Cycles, Modern Art Museum Aloisio Magalhães – MAMAM (Recife, 2011); In Flanders Fields Museum (Belgium, 2010); Fundação Joaquim Nabuco – Fundaj (Recife, 2007); Federal University Museum of Pará (Belém, 2007); Itaú Cultural (São Paulo, 2006); Marcantonio Vilaça Gallery/ Santander Cultural Institute (Recife, 2006); Clairefontaine Gallery (Luxemburgo, 2005); Susini Gallery (France, 2005).
Some of his works can be found in private and public collections in Brazil and abroad, such as Maisón Européene de La Photographie, Paris, and Modern Art Museum of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
b. 1972, Helsinki, Finland
based in Helsinki, Finland, and Avallon, France
Elina Brotherus (b. 1972 in Helsinki, Finland) works in photography and video. Her early work dealt with personal yet universal experiences, the presence and absence of love. In her series The New Painting (2000-2005), Elina Brotherus probed the relation of photography to art history and found inspiration in the iconography of classical painting. In Model Studies (2002-2008) and Artist and her model (2005-2011), she continued to explore the human figure within a landscape, and the gaze of an artist on his/her model. In her recent work 12 ans après (2011-2012) and Annonciation (2009-2013) she returns to the autobiographical approach, although more distanced than in her youth.
Elina Brotherus lives and works in Finland and in France.
b. 1982, Washington, DC
based in New York, NY
Talia Chetrit lives and works in New York, New York. She received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and previously earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Talia Chetrit has had recent solo exhibitions at Leslie Fritz Gallery in New York, Sies and Hoke in Dusseldorf and Kaufmann Repetto in Milan. Recent group exhibitions include The Black Moon, Palais De Tokyo, Paris, France, Notes on Neo-Camp (curated by Chris Sharp), Studio Voltaire, London, England, A Disagreeable Object (curated by Ruba Katrib), Sculpture Center, New York, NY and Figure and Form in Contemporary Photography, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA.
b. 1981, Canada
If Robyn Cumming were a creature she would be a troll baby because they're small, creepily strong and totally adorable. If she were an object it would be a stack of 500 million 10 dollar bills which, in turn, would be used to buy more objects. If she were an emotion it would be laughing that turns into coughing and then dry-heave style crying.
Robyn is a Photo-based artist working in Toronto. She received a BFA from Ryerson University and an MFA from York University and is currently an Associate Professor in the Image Arts Department at Ryerson. Much of her work engages with romanticism, sentimentality and materiality in relation to the human fascination with objects. She creates imagery that encourages rumination on ugliness, thingness, and our constantly shifting perspectives on the human form. Robyn has gained international recognition for her work, having exhibited in the United States, Asia and Canada.
b. 1978, Canada
Chris Curreri is a Canadian artist who works with film, photography and sculpture. His work is premised on the idea that things in the world are not defined by essential properties, but rather by the actual relationships that we establish with them. Recent exhibitions include: Medusa at Daniel Faria Gallery, Toronto (2013); Surplus Authors at the Witte de With, Rotterdam (2012); Something Something at the University of Toronto Art Center (2011); An Unpardonable Sin at castillo/corrales, Paris (2010); and Perceptions and their Arousal at the Agnes Etherington Art Center, Kingston (2008). Recent film screenings include: Image Forum Festival, Japan; Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata, Argentina; and the Toronto International Film Festival, Canada. He holds an MFA from the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College.
b. Mumbai, India
based in New York, NY
Pradeep Dalal is an artist and writer. His work was recently included in the exhibitions "Stories in the Social Landscape" at ICP; "Strange Invitation" at Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT; "Picturing Parallax: Photography and Video from the South Asian Diaspora" in San Francisco; "Exchanging Glances" at Chatterjee & Lal in Mumbai; "Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic" at Murray Guy; and "Fifty Artists Photograph the Future" at Higher Pictures. Pradeep has also exhibited at the Herter Art Gallery in Amherst, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, TART in San Francisco, and Orchard and PS122 Gallery in New York. His photographic work is included in Blind Spot 43. Pradeep's essay "A Bifocal Frame of Reference" was included in Western Artists and India (Thames and Hudson, 2013). He is a recipient of the Tierney Fellowship, and holds an MFA from ICP/Bard College and a MArch from MIT. He is on the faculty at the International Center of Photography and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, and directs the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program.
b. 1983, New York, New York
Lucas Foglia grew up on a small family farm in New York and graduated from Brown University and the Yale School of Art. Foglia’s first monograph, A Natural Order, was published by Nazraeli Press in 2012 to international critical acclaim. Foglia’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and in Europe, and are in the permanent collections of museums including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Nazraeli Press just published Foglia’s second monograph, Frontcountry. Frontcountry focuses on people living in the midst of a mining boom in the modern American West.
b. 1977, London, Ontario
Jean-Paul Kelly (born in London, Canada, 1977) creates drawings, photographs and videos that are often displayed together. His work has been exhibited at the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus), Scrap Metal Gallery (Toronto), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto), Vox Populi (Philadelphia), Mercer Union (Toronto), Gallery TPW (Toronto) and Tokyo Wonder Site. Screenings include Views From the Avant-Garde at the New York Film Festival, 2013 Flaherty Film Seminar, Images Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Toronto International Film Festival and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen.
b. 1976, Gunma, Japan
based in Yokohama, Japan
Meiro Koizumi was born in Gunma, Japan, 1976, and works in Yokohama, Japan. He studied at the International Christian University, Tokyo (1996-1999), Chelsea College of Art and Design, London (1999-2002), and Rijksakademie van beeldend kunsten, Amsterdam (2005-2006). He won the 1st prize at Beck's Future 2 - student's film and video award in London (2001). His previous solo exhibitions include “Project Series 99: Meiro Koizumi” at Museum of Modern Art, New York (2013), “Broken Hero, Beautiful Afternoon” at Art Space, Sydney (2011), MAM Project 009 at Mori Museum, Tokyo (2009). He participated in numerous group shows such as, “Future Generation Art Prize” at Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev (2013), “Invisible Memories” at Hara Museum, Tokyo (2011), Liverpool Biennial (2010), Media City Seoul (2010), Aichi Triennale, Japan (2010), and Nanjin Triennale, China (2008).
b. 1975, Calgary, Alberta
“Durational photography“ is the term Owen Kydd (born in Calgary, Alberta, lives and works in Los Angeles) had adopted for his works. They present short video loops on flat screens framed and installed on the wall, which are reminiscent of lightboxes. Like photographs or GIFs set in motion, the works oscillate between still life and perpetual movement, and although the images are two dimensional like photographs, the installations create a fascinating experience of space. Kydd blurs the lines between still and moving images, photography and video, questioning the usefulness of such classifications and investigating contemporary definitions of the picture.
b. 1976, Sydney, Australia
Angelica Mesiti creates performance-based videos that analyse culture in a state of transformation due to social or economic shifts. Past projects have focused on traditional music, movement languages, and storytelling. At the core of her work is an ongoing interest in the potential of performed cultural practices as expressions of the particularities and history of a given place and community.
b. 1980, South Africa
Sabelo Mlangeni was born in Driefontein near Wakkerstroom in Mpumalanga. In 2001 he moved to Johannesburg where he joined the Market Photo Workshop, graduating in 2004. His first solo show, Invisible Women, took place at Warren Siebrits, Johannesburg (2007). He won the Tollman Award for the Visual Arts in 2009. Important group exhibitions include the Lubumbashi Biennale (2013); the Liverpool Biennial exhibition The Unexpected Guest (2012); the 9th Rencontres de Bamako African Photography Biennal in Mali (2011); the Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria (2011); Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African photography at the V&A Museum, London (2011); and I am not afraid: The Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, Johannesburg Art Gallery (2010).
b. 1978, Poland
Anna Ostoya was born in 1978 in Krakow, Poland. Her practice includes photography, collage, painting, sculpture, and writing, spanning multiple aesthetic traditions and often drawing on various practices and histories of the twentieth century avant-garde. Rejecting the commonplace opposition of aestheticism and anti-art, Ostoya produces aesthetic objects that repeatedly direct the viewer towards the historical and institutional contexts of artistic production.
Ostoya studied at Parsons School of Art and Design in Paris and at Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main. From 2008 to 2009 she participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York City. In June 2014, Ostoya will have a major solo exhibition at La Kunsthalle Mulhouse, which will include a new body of work and be accompanied by the first monograph on her work. Recently her photomontages and collages have been part of “New Photography 2013” exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art New York. Previously she showed at Manifesta 7, Rovereto (2008) and the 2nd Athens Biennial (2009). Major solo exhibitions include Bortolami Gallery, New York (2011, 2013); Silberkuppe, Berlin (2011, 2013); Tegenboschvanvreden, Amsterdam (2011); and Foksal Gallery, Warsaw (2010.) Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); Center for Contemporary Art Kronika, Bytom (2010); Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson (2010); Lisson Gallery, London (2009); and Zacheta National Gallery, Warsaw (2007). In 2012 she was commissioned to present a project as part of Thing/Thought: Fluxus Editions, 1962–1978 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in New York.
b. 1976, Germany
Based in Vancouver, BC
Birthe Piontek is a fine art photographer based in Vancouver BC, Canada. Originally from Germany, she moved to Canada in 2005 after receiving her MFA from the University of Essen in Communication Design and Photography.
Birthe describes her photography as an exploration of the individual and is interested in the concept of Self. Her main focus is portrait photography but she also utilizes other art forms like installation and sculpture to investigate the essence of portraiture and to what degree identity can be visualized.
Her work has been exhibited internationally, in both solo and group shows, and is featured in many private and public collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and the Museum of Applied Arts in Gera, Germany. In 2008, Birthe was named one of Photo District News Magazine’s PDN 30 artists, and has been a finalist for the Santa Fe Prize in Photography. Her project The Idea of North won the Critical Mass Book Award 2009, and was published as a monograph in 2011. Birthe’s work has appeared in a number of international publications like The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde, Wired and The New Yorker among others.
She is represented by Charles Guice Contemporary in New York City and Kominek Gallery in Berlin. Birthe is a member of the POC project.
Andrea Robbins & Max Becher
Robbins born 1963, Massachusetts
Becher born 1964, Düsseldorf
Based in New York
We are a married couple who met in college in 1984. Since then we have worked individually as well as collaboratively using photography, film, video, and digital media. Also, we have taught art for many years at the university level. The primary focus of our work is, what we call, the transportation of place — situations in which one limited or isolated place strongly resembles another distant one. Everywhere, not only in the new world, such situations are accumulating and accepted as genuine locales. Traditional notions of place, in which culture and geographic location neatly coincide, are being challenged by legacies of slavery, colonialism, holocaust, immigration, tourism, and mass-communication. Whether the subject is Germany in Africa, Germans dressing as Native Americans, American towns dressed as Germany, New York in Las Vegas, New York in Cuba, or Cuba in exile, our interest tends to be a place out of place with its various causes and consequences. Robbins/Becher 2014.
b. 1968, Chile
Argentinean artist Martin Weber, (b.1968 in Chile), based in Buenos Aires, studied at the University of Buenos Aires, and the International Center of Photography, New York in 1992. Weber has won numerous grants and awards, including in 2008 the Silver Eye Award, and in 2005 a grant from the No Strings Foundation. He received The Prince Claus Grant (2004), two grants from the Hasselblad Foundation (2001 and 1999) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1998). He has also been an artist-in-residence at The Center of Photography at Woodstock (2004), Lightwork, Syracuse, New York (2002) and IASPIS, Sweden (1998).