Alberto García-Alix, Jochen Lempert, Richard Mosse and Lorna Simpson
The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 is
presented by The Photographers' Gallery, London. The annual award of
£30,000 rewards a living photographer, of any nationality, for a
specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format, which has
significantly contributed to photography in Europe between 1 October
2012 and 30 September 2013.
The four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize
2014 are Alberto García-Alix, Jochen Lempert, Richard Mosse and Lorna
Simpson. The winner will be announced at a special ceremony at The
Photographers' Gallery on 12 May 2014. Works by the shortlisted
photographers will be shown in an exhibition at The Photographers'
Gallery followed by its presentation at the Deutsche Börse headquarters
The four shortlisted artists have been nominated for the following projects:
Alberto García-Alix (b. 1956, Spain) is nominated for his publication
Autorretrato/Selfportrait, La Fabrica Editorial (2013). The book
features black and white self-portraits which offer an insight into the
artist's life over nearly four decades. These include the upheavals at
the end of Franco's dictatorship in the early 70s through newly gained
liberties in the mid-80s and into the present day. The works reflect a
life of both intimacy and excess, where photography is used to mediate
experiences, fears, neuroses and inner battles. His tense and lyrical
images blur – visually and metaphorically – the line between
self-reflection and staged portraits. In his wider practice, García-Alix
also combines photography with writing and video work.
Jochen Lempert (b. 1958, Germany) is nominated for his exhibition Jochen
Lempert at Hamburger Kunsthalle (22 June – 29 Sept 2013). Originally
trained as a biologist, Lempert has been using photography since the
early 1990s to study humans and the natural world. His approach is
scientific and poetic as well as humorous. Always working in black and
white, his work engages with a diverse range of subjects and genres,
ranging from everyday views, to abstracted details. Photographic series
alternate with single pictures, highly contrasted images with almost
blank papers, through which multiple links and subtle associations are
Richard Mosse (b.1980, Ireland) is nominated for his exhibition The
Enclave at Venice Biennale, Irish Pavilion (1 June – 24 November 2013).
Mosse documents a haunting landscape touched by appalling human tragedy
in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where 5.4 million people have
died of war related causes since 1998. Shot on discontinued military
surveillance film, the resulting imagery registers an invisible spectrum
of infrared light, and renders the jungle warzone in disorienting
psychedelic hues. At the project's heart are the points of failure of
documentary photography. It is an attempt to find an alternate strategy
to adequately communicate this complex and horrific cycle of violence.
Lorna Simpson (b. 1960, USA) is nominated for her exhibition Lorna
Simpson (Retrospective) at Jeu de Paume, Paris (28 May - 1 September
2013). Simpson's work links photography, text, video installations, most
recently archival material and found objects. Emphasizing a conceptual
and performative approach, she explores themes of gender, identity,
culture, memory and body. Simpson works within the charged duality of
past and present, word and image but also plays with the interplay
between still and moving images.
The members of the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014 jury are: Kate
Bush, Curator; Jitka Hanzlová, Artist; Thomas Seelig, Director/Curator,
Fotomuseum Winterthur; and Anne-Marie Beckmann, Curator, Art Collection
Deutsche Börse, Germany. Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers'
Gallery, is the non-voting Chair.
Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers' Gallery and Chair of the
Jury said: Each of this year's nominees proposes compelling new ways to
expand our thinking about the medium. Image and text underpin Lorna
Simpson's unique approach to interrogating gender and identity, whilst
for Garcia-Alix, the camera becomes an extension of his psyche - 'a way
of seeing which is a way of being'. In drawing our attention to
anthropomorphism, Jochen Lempert combines the precision of a scientist
with the lyricism of a poet. For Richard Mosse, discontinued military
surveillance film provides both the medium and the message, transforming
the horror and brutality of war into a surreal form of documentary.
Frank Klaas, Managing Director Global Public Affairs, Deutsche Börse
said: This year's shortlist once again shows the vitality and broad
variety of approaches to contemporary photography. We are impressed by
the jury's excellent selection and very much look forward to the 2014
exhibition– especially as it marks our 10th anniversary as sponsor of
Europe's most renowned photography prize.
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