2015 Short List

Click on an artist below to view images of their exhibition at the AGO and their individual works.


Long List

Untitled, 2013. c-print. 65 x 80 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Annette Kelm

<p> <strong>b. 1975, Stuttgart, Germany</strong><br> <strong>based in Berlin, Germany</strong><br> Annette Kelm (1975, Stuttgart, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at international institutions, including Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (2014); MoMA, New York (2013); Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver (2012); Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main (2012); KW – Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2009); Kunsthalle Zurich (2009); and Witte de With, Rotterdam (2008). Her art works are in important art collections such as Guggenheim Museum and MoMa, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Kulturstiftung des Bundes, Germany; Tate Modern, London; and Lenbachhaus, Munich. Annette Kelm participated in the 12th Istanbul Biennial in 2012 and in the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011. </p>

Exploded View-Beirut III, 2013. mixed media. 37x25x25cm. Courtesy the artist

Atfal Ahdath

<p> <strong>b. Lebanon</strong><br> <strong>based in Beirut, Lebanon</strong><br> Atfal Ahdath is a Beirut based art collective consisting of Vartan Avakian, Hatem Imam and Raed Yassin. In their work they investigate the production and consumption of memory, history and how they are implicated in the dynamics of reproducibility and standardization. They copy, steal and recycle material to assemble digitally deconstructed and rewired images. They have exhibited at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha, Qatar; Gezira Art Center, Cairo, Egypt; The Running Horse Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Sultan Gallery, Kuwait; Wallach Art Gallery, NYC, USA; and the 10th Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. </p>

Still from Life_and_People, 2014. HD Video. 22 Min. Courtesy the artist.

Barry Doupé

<p> <strong>b. 1982, Canada</strong><br> <strong>based in Vancouver, Canada</strong><br> Barry Doupé (1982, Canada) is a Vancouver based artist working primarily with computer animation. He graduated from Emily Carr University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Media Arts in animation. His films use imagery and language derived from the subconscious, developed through writing exercises and automatic drawing. He often creates settings within which a characters' self-expression or action is challenged and thwarted, resulting in comic, violent and poetic spectacles. His films have been screened throughout Canada and internationally, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Michigan; International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Anthology Film Archives in NY, New York; Lyon Contemporary Art Museum, Lyon, France; Pleasure Dome, Toronto, ON; MOCCA, Toronto, ON; Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK; Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; and the Tate Modern, London, UK. </p>

Oslo Structure II, 2013. Inkjet print. 51 cm x 67 cm. Courtesy the artist and Parisian Laundry, Montreal.

Celia Perrin Sidarous

<p> <strong>b. 1982, Montreal, Canada</strong><br> <strong>based in Montreal, Canada</strong><br> Celia Perrin Sidarous (1982, Montreal, Canada) creates assemblages and carefully curated arrangements that follow a logic that is at once internal and associative.</p> <p>Perrin Sidarous received an MFA from Concordia University in 2015, with a concentration in Photography. Her work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at the Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK; Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montréal, QC; The Banff Centre, Banff, AB; FOFA Gallery, Montréal, QC; WWTWO, Montréal, QC; VU centre de diffusion et de production de la photographie, Québec City, QC; and Gallery 44, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Toronto, ON. Perrin Sidarous has completed several artist residencies and is the recipient of a number of grants and awards, amongst them the Barbara Spohr Memorial Award (2011). Her works are part of several collections, including the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario, and her images have been published in periodicals in Canada and abroad. She lives and works in Montréal. </p>

Untitled (The Closest Possibility), 2014. duo-trans print in light box. 25 x 90 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Cemil Batur Gökçeer

<p> <strong>b. 1981, Ankara, Turkey</strong><br> Cemil Batur Gökçeer (1981, Ankara, Turkey) has participated in several programs and workshops, including World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass and the Borderlines Project, funded by the Turkish Cultural Foundation and hosted by ISSP and Reflexions Masterclass. Gökçeer is one of the founders of Torun, an independent art space in Ankara where he had his first solo show in 2012. His work has been exhibited in several prominent group exhibitions at institutions including The Istanbul Modern Museum, and has appeared in several local and international publications. </p>

Lynn, Heidelberg Street, Eastside, Detroit, 2010. Courtesy the artist.

Dave Jordano

<p> <strong>b. 1948, Detroit, US</strong><br> Dave Jordano (1948, Detroit, Michigan) received a BFA in photography from the College for Creative Studies in 1974. As an emerging fine art photographer, he was awarded an honorable mention in the Houston Center for Photography’s Long Term Fellowship Project in 2003, and he received the Curator’s Choice Award the following year. In 2006, 2008 and 2013 he was a three-time top twenty finalist in Photolucida’s “Critical Mass” national book award in Portland, Oregon. In 2012 and 2014 he was a finalist in LensCulture’s International Exposure Awards. He was also selected for inclusion in One Hundred Portfolios, a compilation featuring the work of 100 leading photographers from around the world and sponsored by Wright State University, Dayton, OH. A major exhibition of his work from his “Articles of Faith” project was held at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2009.<br> Jordano has had solo shows both nationally and internationally and his work is included in the permanent collection of several private, corporate and museum collections, most notably the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Detroit Institute of Arts. His most recent book is Articles of Faith (2009), published by the Center for American Places at Columbia College Chicago. </p>

Colorscape, Coordinate #23, Ethiopia, 2013. detail, archival digital print. 101 x 127 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Dawit L. Petros

<p> <strong>b. 1972, Eritrea</strong><br> <strong>based in New York, US</strong><br> Born in Eritrea, Dawit L. Petros is a New York based Canadian artist. Through his photography and mixed media installations, Petros investigates boundaries in artistic, geographical and cultural contexts. He combines extensive research and travel into art that re-evaluates the relationship between Africa and European modernism. Petros has an MFA from Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a BFA from Concordia University, Montreal, and a BA in History from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. His projects have appeared in numerous national and international shows. Recent venues include the Prince Claus Fund Gallery in Amsterdam, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the National Museum of African Art in Washington, DC, the Durban Art Gallery in South Africa, and the Royal Ontario Museum of Art in Toronto. Petros has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, a Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Fellowship, Canada Council Production Grant. He has also held artist residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Salina Center for Art in Kansas, and the McColl Center for Visual Art in North Carolina. </p>

Bangladesh, Savar, 2013. HR silver print. 95 x 120 cm. argentic photography. Courtesy the artist.

Eric Guglielmi

<p> <strong>b. 1970, Ivry-sur-Seine, France</strong><br> Eric Guglielmi organizes his work methodically around walking and observing. His photographs bring us a palpable elsewhere, weighed down by the implacable presence of an oppressive reality. His deep knowledge of the social and political realities of the territories he explores enables him to adopt an open position, attentive and with a vigilant regard for the real.</p> <p>Eric Guglielmi’s photographs can be found in both institutional (BNF, Arthur Rimbaud Museum) and private (Neuflize Vie Collection) collections. His series titled <em>Je suis un piéton, rien de plus…</em> was published by GANG Editions and was the subject of a four-month solo exhibition at the Arthur Rimbaud Museum (2011). In 2014 he was invited by UNICEF to report on children’s issues in Cameroun. </p>

Escada com Grade, 2014. pigment print. 64 x 89 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Felipe Russo

<p> <strong>b. 1979, São Paulo, Brazil</strong><br> Felipe Russo (1979, São Paulo, Brazil) has a degree in Biology with a major in Landscape Ecology, disciplines that still inform his creative process. For the past four years Russo has worked around São Paulo’s downtown district studying the overlap of history, social use and memory found in the cities current physical structure. Recently Felipe graduated from the limited residency MFA in Photography at the Hartford Art School, a program that has a focus on the artist book. His first independent publication CENTRO was nominated as one of the best photo books of 2014 by Martin Parr and will be part of exhibitions in São Paulo, Mumbai and Buenos Aires in 2015. His works can be found in public and private collections such as the Maison Européenne de La Photography in Paris, France. Russo’s work has also been exhibited in Brazil, Germany, France, USA and Guatemala. </p>

Camp Wakonda Archery (detail), 2013. wood fabric, mixed material, video/audio. Courtesy the artist.

Graeme Patterson

<p> <strong>b. 1980, Saskatoon, Canada</strong><br> Graeme Patterson (1980, Saskatoon, Canada) lives in Sackville, NB. Patterson creates miniature worlds based on personal memories and experiences with the intention of bringing the viewer into his world of play. Since graduating from NSCAD in 2002, his work has shown nationally and internationally, including several solo exhibitions at significant Canadian art galleries. Some of his recent accomplishments include the Canada Council for the Arts Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in media arts, 2012; Atlantic finalist for the 2009 and 2014 Sobey Art Award; finalist for the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award; and a 2011 Juno award nomination for album package of the year. Graeme recently completed a new body of work entitled <em>Secret Citadel</em>, which is currently exhibiting as a national solo tour. </p>

How Not to be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (still), 2013. HD video, single screen in architectural environment. Image Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.

Hito Steyerl

<p> <strong>b. 1966, Germany</strong><br> <strong>based in Berlin, Germany</strong><br> Hito Steyerl (1966, Germany) lives and works in Berlin. Steyerl’s prolific filmmaking and writing occupies a discursive position between the fields of art, philosophy and politics, constituting a deep exploration of late capitalism’s social, cultural and financial imaginaries. Her films and lectures have increasingly addressed the presentational context of art, while her writing has circulated widely through publication in both academic and art journals, often online. Steyerl has had solo exhibitions at Artists Space, New York; Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia (2015); Van Abbemuseum, Eidenhoven, The Netherlands; ICA, London, UK; Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2013); the Art Institute of Chicago; E-flux, New York City, USA (2012); Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK (2010); Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany (2009); and Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (2008). Group exhibitions include Hannover Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany; CAC Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania (2015); <em>Cut to Swipe</em>, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, USA; <em>The Darknet</em>, Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, Switzerland; Bienal de la Imagen en Movimento, Goethe — Institut Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014); <em>The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archeology</em>, MCA Chicago, USA (2014); <em>Nine Artists</em>, Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis, USA; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Bergen Triennial, Bergen, Norway; Venice Biennale ((2013); Taipei Biennial; Gwangju Biennial (2010); documenta 12, Kassel (2007) and Manifesta 5, San Sebastian (2004). </p>

Scale XVI, 2012. colour photograph. 106.05 x 80.96 cm. Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery.

Josephine Pryde

<p> <strong>b. 1967, Alnwick, England</strong><br> <strong>based in London, England and Berlin, Germany</strong><br> Josephine Pryde (1967, Alnwick, England) lives and works in London and Berlin. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include <em>Container and Contained</em>, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Germany (May, 2015), and <em>The Day Will Come When Photography Revises</em> as part of the Triennale of Photography Hamburg, at Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany (June, 2015). Pryde’s forthcoming solo exhibition <em>Lapses in Thinking by the Person I am</em> will open at CCA Wattis, San Francisco, USA, in May of 2015.</p> <p>She has had solo exhibitions in major international institutions including Arnolfini, Bristol, UK (2014-2015); Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Germany (2012); Kunsthalle Bern, Switzerland (2012); and Secession, Vienna, Austria (2004). Pryde has also participated in various institutional group shows, including Kunstlerhaus Halle fur Kunst & Medien, Graz, Austria (2014); MoMA, New York City, USA; Kunstverein Munich, Germany; Sculpture Center, New York City, (2013); Generali Foundation; 21er Haus, Vienna, (2012); the Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, Holland (2011); Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland (2010); Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, USA (2009); and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City (2008). Her work is included in important collections worldwide such as Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; British Council, UK; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and MoMA, New York City. </p>

Untitled, 2011. digital c-print. 80 x 120 cm. Courtesy the artist & SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Khvay Samnang

<p> <strong>b. 1982, Svay Rieng, Cambodia</strong><br> <strong>based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia</strong><br> Khvay Samnang (1982, Svay Rieng, Cambodia) lives and works in Phnom Penh. His practice encompasses photography, video, performance and installation in a sharply playful investigation of transformations in social, political and cultural circumstances in the contemporary world, especially in Cambodia and surrounding regions. Selected solo exhibitions include <em>Rubber Man</em>, Jeu de Paume, Paris (2015); <em>Rubber Man</em>, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2014); <em>Newspaper Man</em>, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2012); <em>Human Nature</em>, PhotoPhnomPenh, Phnom Penh (2012); and <em>Untitled</em>, SA SA BASSAC, Phnom Penh (2011). Selected group exhibitions include <em>Phnom Penh Rescue Archaeology: The Body, The Lens, The City</em>, as part of <em>The Disappearance</em>, Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore (2014); <em>Medicine to Heal: Cambodian Photography Since 2000</em>, Xishuangbanna Foto Festival, Yunnan, China (2014); <em>Censorship</em>, The 7th Move On Asia, Alternative Space LOOP, Seoul, Korea (2014); 4th Asian Art Biennale, Taipei Fine Art Museum, Taipei (2013); 4th Singapore Biennale, Singapore (2013); <em>Sights and Sounds: Global Video Art</em>, The Jewish Museum, New York City (2013); <em>Phnom Penh : Rescue Archaeology</em>, ifa-Galerie, Berlin and Stuttgart (2013); <em>Staging Cambodia: Video, Memory and Rock-n-Roll</em>, HAU, Berlin (2012); <em>You Owe Me. I Don’t Owe You Nothin</em>, at the Tobias Rehberger Pavilion, as part of Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2012); <em>Poetic Politic</em>, Kadist Foundation, San Francisco (2012); <em>Ruptures and Revival: Cambodian Photography in the Last Decade</em>, Institute of Contemporary Art Singapore (2012); <em>Luxury Time and Space</em>, Tokyo Wonder Site Aoyama (2010); Orange International Photography Festival, Changsa, China (2010). Khvay is 2014–2015 artist-in-residence at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. </p>

LUBRI

<p> <strong>b. 1977, Sofia, Bulgaria</strong><br> <strong>based in Sofia, Bulgaria</strong><br> Lubri (1977, Sofia, Bulgaria) lives and works in Sofia. He studied computer science at New Bulgarian University, Sofia. Among his solo exhibitions are <em>SECOND NATURE</em>, Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2013); <em>Background : Young Artists, Backup</em>, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, (2011); and <em>Boys don’t cry indeed</em>, Pistolet Gallery, Sofia, (2007). Lubri’s group exhibitions include <em>Gender in Art</em>, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland (15–27 May September 2015); Sofia Queer Forum 2014 – <em>Manifestations of the Personal</em>, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, the fridge & Social Center Xaspel, Sofia (2014); <em>All I Can Is Art</em>, Czech Center, Prague, Czech Republic (2013); <em>UNTITLED</em>, In cooperation with Ivan Moudov, Galerija Gregor Podnar, Ljubljana (2013); Festival City and Public Spaces, <em>Rituals of the Habitual</em>, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2012); <em>The End and Beyond</em>, Center for Contemporary Art – Plovdiv the Ancient Bath, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2011); <em>Poor but sexy</em>, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv, Bulgaria (2011); <em>Persona</em>, ICA gallery, Sofia (2010); <em>Photonic Moments</em>, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2007); and <em>Month of Photography</em>, Vienna (2007). His work has been published in <em>Future Images – A collection of the World’s Best Young Photographers</em>, Mario Cresci and Radu Stern, Italy (2010); <em>The Bulgarian Nouvelle Vague</em>, Sofia (2012); <em>FANTOM - Photographic Quarterly</em>, issue 09, Milano (2012); <em>Edno Magazine</em>, <em>Vice Magazine</em>, the newspaper <em>39 Grams</em> and <em>Fantom Magazine</em>. Lubri is represented by Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv, Bulgaria. </p>

Normal Power, installation view (abstract), 2014. whiteboard, wood, metal brackets, acrylic paint, google image search, academic papers, NSA slides, GCHQ slides, K-Hole report, laserjet on paper, inket on sticker, Scotch tape, vinyl, erasable markers, permanent marker, paint marker. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist.

Matt Goerzen

<p> <strong>b. 1984, Saskatoon, Canada</strong><br> Matt Goerzen (1984, Saskatoon, Canada) studied studio art at Concordia University. His current work looks at the ways that legitimacy and authority are conveyed through visual information across a variety of security contexts, such as small business surveillance, online identity protection, and volunteerism in global conflict. He works in media including printed photographic manifolds, anonymous critical web trolling, and performative educational briefings. His recent work has been shown at French Restaurant, Montreal; Galerie Division, Montreal, DHC/Art Montréal, and Future Gallery, Berlin. </p>

Dreyfus/Méliès (”Entretien de Dreyfus et de sa femme à Rennes”, Star Film Company 211, 1899), 2014, Inkjet pigment print on archival paper, 18X24cm, framed: 40X50cm

Nir Evron

<p> <strong>b. 1974, Israel</strong><br> <strong>based in Tel Aviv, Israel</strong><br> Nir Evron (1974, Israel), lives and works in Tel Aviv. He completed a BFA degree in photography at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (2001) and an MFA degree in media art at the Slade School of Art in London (2005). He has exhibited extensively in Israel and abroad in museums, festivals, biennales and galleries, including LA&gt;&lt;ART, Hollywood (2014); the New Museum, New York City (2014); the 19th Biennial of Sydney (2014); the Israel Museum (2014); the ICP Triennial, New York City (2013); the 6th Berlin Biennale (2010); MARCO Vigo, Spain; the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (2011); 25 FPS, Zagreb, Croatia; the Rotterdam International Film Festival (2012); and PhotoEspana, Madrid. Evron was awarded the Miron Sima Visual Arts Award (2015); the Ostrovsky Family Fund Award (2011); the Israel’s Minister of Culture Art Encouragement Award (2011); the Sam Givon Award from the Tel Aviv Museum (2008); and Israel’s Minister of Culture award for young artists (2007). </p>

Canvas Leaves, Torso and Lantern, 2011. Video on display screen. 90 x 52 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Owen Kydd

<p> Owen Kydd (Calgary, Canada) attained a bachelor’s degree in film and art from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver and a master’s degree from UCLA in Los Angeles. Kydd has exhibited work at the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Oakville Galleries, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, FOAM Museum Amsterdam, and the Daegue Photo Biennale in Korea, among others. </p>

Road Movie installation. 2011. Photo by Tom Blanchard. Courtesy the artists and O'Born Contemporary, Toronto.

Public Studio (Elle Flanders, Tamira Sawatzky)

<p> <strong>based in Toronto, Canada</strong><br> Public Studio’s multidisciplinary practice spans a wide range of topics such as war, globalization, ecology, urbanization and political dissent. With backgrounds in photography, film and architecture, the point of departure for Public Studio is an image that is often formed and informed spatially. Their photographs and immersive film installations consider the relationship between ethics and aesthetics through landscape. Elle Flanders completed her PhD in 2014 and has mentored with some of the art world’s most notable artists including Mary Kelly and Martha Rosler at the Whitney ISP and Rutgers University respectively. Tamira Sawatzky is an architect working in Toronto. After twelve years with the architectural firm MJMA designing award-winning institutional buildings, she started her own multidisciplinary practice forming Public Studio with Elle Flanders. Together they have garnered critical attention winning several public art commissions and art awards including the Toronto Friends of the Visual Arts Award 2013. </p>

Giza Threads: Untitled. 2012, digital print. Courtesy the artist

Rana ElNemr

<p> <strong>b. 1974</strong><br> Rana ElNemr is an artist whose work is image-based and occasionally includes text, sound and other mediums. Beyond her art practice, ElNemr has become interested in researching the visual culture of images. She studied photojournalism, advertising and art, and she is one of the co-founders of the independent art space Contemporary Image Collective (CIC). Rana has exhibited and shared her work and research on the image nationally and internationally, and she has received several awards throughout her artistic and photographic career. </p>

La Lutte De L’Angeavecj. II, 2012. pigment print. 60 × 75 cm. Courtesy the artist

Sascha Weidner

<p> <strong>b. 1976, Osnabrück, Germany</strong><br> Sascha Weidner (1976, Osnabrück, Germany) studied photography, film, painting and communication design at the Braunschweig University of Art. In 2004 he was a Meisterschüler of Dörte Eißfeldt and graduated with distinction. With the support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), he worked in Los Angeles between 2004 and 2006. He was artist-in-residence at the Goethe Institut at Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto, Japan (2013) and at the Three Shadows Photography Centre in Beijing (2014). Weidner has been awarded numerous distinctions, including the Förderpreis des Kunstpreises Berlin by the Academy of the Arts Berlin, Villa Vigoni (Italy); Stiftungspreis für Fotokunst of the Klein Stiftung; the NBank photography advancement award; and the first prize in the Polaroid International Photography Award. Weidner was also the inaugural winner of the Entrepreneur 4.0 award in 2014. In addition to appearing in many publications and collections, his works have been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide at venues including the C/O Berlin, the Foam in Amsterdam, the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, the FO.KU.S in Innsbruck, the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, the Monash Gallery of Art in Melbourne, the Museum for Photography in Braunschweig and the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney. </p>

Louis Who? What you should know about Louis Agassiz Intervention, Praça Agassiz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2010. Photo by Calé. Video, 3:50 min. Courtesy the artist

Sasha Huber

<p> <strong>b. 1975, Zurich, Switzerland</strong><br> <strong>based in Helsinki, Finland</strong><br> Sasha Huber (1975, Zurich, Switzerland) is a visual artist of Swiss-Haitian heritage currently living in Helsinki. Huber's creative practice spans a variety of media including video, photography, stapling, performance-based interventions and publications. Huber edited the book <em>Rentyhorn</em> (2010) and was co-editor of <em>(T)races of Louis Agassiz: Photography, Body and Science, Yesterday and Today</em> (2010) on the occasion of the 29th Biennale of São Paulo. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions including the 19th Biennale of Sydney in 2014, and she has been invited to artist residencies in Brazil, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland and New Zealand. Huber holds an MA from the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, and is currently undertaking doctoral research at the Department of Art at Aalto University, Helsinki. </p>

Loop, Biloxi MS. 2010, courtesy of the Artist

Scott Conarroe

<p> <strong>b. 1974, Edmonton, Canada</strong><br> <strong>based in Zurich, Switzerland</strong><br> Scott Conarroe (1974 Edmonton) is a Canadian artist who lives in Zurich. His studies of landscape and the built environment evoke romantic pictorial traditions and locate the present within a sweep of history. Scott has a BFA from the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His work is shown widely; <em>Scott Conarroe: By Rail</em> was toured nationally by the Art Gallery of Windsor and also featured at the inaugural Reflexiva Mostra Fotogràfica de Vila-Real. He contributed to Canada's pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai as well as to <em>Landmark: The Fields of Photography</em> at London's Somerset House, and Photographica will present Scott's glacier works with alpine pioneer Vittorio Sella in Lugano next year. Conarroe has been artist-in-residence at Light Work (US), Villa Sträuli (CH), FLACC (BE), and ArtBellwald (CH). He was also a Canadian Forces Civilian Artist in the Arctic. Conarroe has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Duke and Duchess of York Prize for Photography, and he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. This spring Black Dog Publishing released Conarroe's first monograph <em>By Rail and By Sea</em>. Scott Conarroe is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto. </p>

Strike & Risk. 2014. inkjet prints. 160 x 121 cm. Courtesy the artist.

Shannon Ebner

<p> <strong>b. 1971, New Jersey, US</strong><br> <strong>based in Los Angeles, US</strong><br> Shannon Ebner (1971, New Jersey) lives and works in Los Angeles. She holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Yale University School of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include Fondazione Memmo Arte Contemporanea, Rome (2014), Hammer Museum (2011), PS1 MoMA (2007). Her group exhibitions include <em>Things Words and Consequences</em>, Moscow Museum of Modern Art (2012); <em>Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language</em>, MoMA, New York (2012); <em>ILLUMInations</em>, 54th Venice Biennale, Venice (2011); <em>The Spectacular of Vernacular</em>, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis (2011); 6th Berlin Biennale of Contemporary Art, Berlin (2010); and the Whitney Biennial, New York (2008). Ebner’s work is included in numerous public collections such as The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, Guggenheim Museum, NYC, Museum of Modern Art, NYC, The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. Her upcoming solo exhibitions and projects include ICA Miami (2015), a year long collaborative project with David Reinfurt called <em>A Hudson Yard</em> for Friends of the High Line, New York City (2015) and a forthcoming artist book commissioned by the Carnegie Museum’s Hillman Photography Initiative. Shannon Ebner is currently an Associate Professor of Fine Arts Practice at USC’s Roski School of Fine Arts & Design where she teaches photography. </p>

Popular Circus Animals, 2011, VG Bild Kunst, Bonn, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.

Sven Johne

<p> <strong>b. 1976, Rügen Island, Germany</strong><br> Born in 1976 on Rügen Island (Germany), Sven Johne has been awarded various grants and awards for his conceptual works, including the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Award for Contemporary German Photography. His works have been shown in numerous institutions,including a solo exhibition at the Frankfurter Kunstverein for Camera Austria. </p>

B.B. Nr. 2, 2006. c-print. 120 x 160 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Tatiana Lecomte

<p> <strong>b. 1971, Bordeaux, France</strong><br> Tatiana Lecomte was born in Bordeaux, France in 1971. Lecomte's photographic practice is one of the most unconventional and challenging of a generation of young emerging artists in Vienna. She uses mainly found images which allude to traumatic historical events (war, destruction, people and society as a laboratory for power and violence) and which she reworks in an analogue process.</p> <p>She has had solo exhibitions including the Jewish Museum, Vienna (2013), Tiroler Künstlerschaft, Neue Galerie, Innsbruck (2013), Ve.Sch, Vienna (2012) Camera Austria, Graz (2011) and Galerie Stadtpark, Krems (2009). Lecomte has also participated in various group shows, including MUDAM, Luxemburg (2015), Camera Austria, Graz (2015), MUSA, Vienna (2014), Klovičevi dvori Gallery, Zagreb (2014), Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2014), Bawag Contemporary, Vienna (2013), Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2013), Fotohof, Salzburg (2013), Audain Gallery, Vancouver (2013), Lazareti, Dubrovnik (2012), Ostlicht, Vienna (2012), Lisa Ruyter Gallery, Vienna (2011), Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn (2011). </p>

Desert Trails, 2014. pigment print on paper. 49 x 63 cm. Courtesy the artist and Galeria ProjecteSD

Xavier Ribas

<p> <strong>b. 1960, Spain</strong><br> <strong>based in London, England and Barcelona, Spain</strong><br> Xavier Ribas is a photographer, senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and visiting lecturer at the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. He studied social anthropology at the University of Barcelona and documentary photography at the Newport School of Art and Design. His international exhibitions have been held by the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, the Stedelijk Museum, Belfast Exposed, Aperture Gallery, George Eastman House, Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, Biennale de Lyon (2001), Espai d’Art Contemporani de Castelló, Kröller-Müller Museum, Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Centro Huarte de Arte Contemporáneo, Treignac Project, the Neue Pinakothek, and the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo. His work is represented in major public and private collections including the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Stedelijk Museum, Fonds Nacional d'Art Contemporain, Museo Universidad de Navarra, Fotocollectie Universiteit Leiden, Centro Gallego de Arte Contemporáneo, and Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo. His books include <em>Xavier Ribas</em> (Universidad de Salamanca, 1998), <em>Sanctuary</em> (Gustavo Gili, 2005), <em>Concrete Geographies</em> [Ceuta and Melilla Border Fences] (MUA, 2012) and Nitrate (Macba, 2014). He has received awards, commissions and fellowships from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (2012-2015), the International Photography Research Network (2006), Commande Publique du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, Centre National des Arts Plastiques (2006) and Université de Toulouse II-Le Mirail (2007-2008), among others. Upcoming solo exhibitions in 2015 include <em>The Bluecoat</em> (Liverpool), Museo Universidad de Navarra (Pamplona) and <em>Galería ProjecteSD</em> (Barcelona). He currently lives and works in London and Barcelona. </p>

Shipwrecks series, 2008. c-print, 1200 x 100 cm. Courtesy the artist and galerie kamel mennour, Paris

Zineb Sedira

<p> <strong>b. 1963, France</strong><br> <strong>based in London, England</strong><br> Zineb Sedira lives in London and works between Algiers, Paris and London. Her work was shown in solo exhibitions including The Photographers’ Gallery (London, 2006), Wapping Project (London, 2008), New Art Exchange (Nottingham, 2009), Pori Museum (Finland, 2009), BildMuseets (Sweden, 2010), Kunsthalle Nikolaj (Copenhagen, 2010), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris, 2010), the [mac] musée d’Art contemporain (Marseille, 2010), the Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, Prefix - Institute of Contemporary Art (Toronto, 2010), the Charles H. Scott Gallery in Vancouver and the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston (2013). Her work was also shown in many group shows in institutions such as Tate Britain (London, 2002), Centre Pompidou (Paris, 2004, 2009), Mori Museum (Tokyo, 2005), Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Gateshead, 2005), Musée d’Art Moderne of Alger (2007), Brooklyn Museum (New York, 2007), Mathaf (Qatar, 2010), the Contemporary Art Center (Thessaloniki, 2011) at the Tate Britain, London, UK, at the MuCEM and the Friche de la Belle de Mai (Marseille, 2013), at the Gwangju Museum of Art (South Korea), at the Centre Pompidou-Metz (France, 2013), at the MMK Museum für Mordern Kunst (Germany, 2014), at the Power Plant, Contemporary Art Gallery (Toronto, 2015), as well as in biennials and triennials, including the Venice Biennale (2001 and 2011), the triennial for photography and video at the ICP (New York, 2003), the Sharjah Biennale (2003 and 2007) and the Folkestone Triennial (2011). Zineb Sedira is also nominated for the 2015 Marcel Duchamp Prize. </p>