The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize is a prize awarded annually by the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation and The Photographers’ Gallery to a photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the photographic medium in Europe during the past year. The four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 are Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson.
Although wide-ranging in style and approach, all of the shortlisted projects reflect a shared concern with the production and manipulation of knowledge and systems of representation through visual formats. The works encompass a searing photographic interrogation of global biotech giant, Monsanto (Asselin); an expansive portrayal of the ubiquitous tactics of government control and propaganda (Milach); an encyclopaedic collection of visual taxonomies that expose the shifting and relative meanings of printed images depending on their context (Suter); and a deeply affecting filmic study of grief that reflects the personal stakes of visual representation (Thompson). Collectively and individually, the four projects drive forward an artistic enquiry into the mechanics of visibility and concealment, and interrogate the status and position of the image in contemporary culture.
The gallery visit will be immediately followed by a group discussion, which all students on the visit are expected to attend. There will also be an opportunity for students seeking feedback on work in progress to participate in an informal group work review session.
N.B.: The Photographers’ Gallery is running a series of talks by the Prize nominees, which students may wish to attend independently.
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Image Credit: Mathieu Asselin Heather Bowserholds a photograph of her father, Morris Bowser, Ohio, 2012 © Mathieu Asselin, all rights reserved (The Photographers’ Gallery)