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Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 (London)

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"Year on year, the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize at The Photographers’ Gallery expands the remit of what photography is, what it can do, and who can be nominated.” The Art Newspaper

The four artists shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 are Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson.

Curated by TPG’s Anna Dannemann, the 2018 shortlist showcases diverse and innovative photographic practices, which recognise and celebrate the many developments within the medium, while also challenging its boundaries.

All of the projects share a deep concern with the representation of knowledge through images, where facts can be manipulated and meanings can shift. Presented across the 4th and 5th floors of the Gallery, the exhibition features the work of four photographers.

MATHIEU ASSELIN
Mathieu Asselin’s project Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation (Actes Sud, 2017) will be presented on the 5th floor of the Gallery. In a meticulous 5-year investigation, supported by archival documentation, court files, personal letters company memorabilia and photographs, Asselin presents the reckless history of growth of the global biotechnology corporation Monsanto. Best known as the leading manufacturer of insecticides DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange and genetically engineered seeds, Monsanto’s practices and products have caused devastating human, ecological and economic impacts throughout the company’s long history. Asselin conducted extensive research, travelling through Vietnam and the United States of America to find the people and places dramatically affected by the products manufactured and sold by Monsanto. In this hard-hitting documentation, Asselin exposes the global company’s practices and their cynical efforts to change their negative public image through children’s TV shows and marketing campaigns.

LUKE WILLIS THOMPSON
The 5th floor of the gallery will showcase Luke Willis Thompson’s project 'Autoportrait'. Displayed in a special projection space, Thompson will present a silent portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds broadcast, via Facebook Live, the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile, by a police officer during a traffic-stop in Minnesota, United States. Reynolds’ video circulated widely online and amassed over six million views. In November 2016, Thompson established a conversation with Reynolds and her lawyer, and invited Reynolds to work with him on an aesthetic response to her video broadcast. Acting as a ‘sister-image’ the artwork would break with the well-known image of Reynolds, caught in a moment of violence and distributed within a constant flow of news. Shot on 35mm, black and white film and presented in the gallery as a single screen work, autoportait continues to reopen questions of the agency of Reynolds’ recording within, outside of, and beyond the conditions of predetermined racial power structures.

BATIA SUTER
Nominated for her publication Parallel Encyclopedia #2 (Roma, 2016), Batia Suter’s immersive installation is presented on the 4th floor of the gallery. With large, unframed photographic prints, the artist will reinvent her substantial publication, and exercise the iconification of images by placing them in new and varying contexts exposing the possibilities of visual editing. Suter’s artistic approach is personal and intuitive, selecting a large number of images, which ultimately present how visual formats affect and manipulate meaning, depending on where and how they are placed.In her installations, Suter establishes subjective associations that offer visual dialogues and new categorisations that demonstrate how our understanding of nature and the physical world, as well as different cultures and places are affected by their context of representation. The found images, which will fill the Gallery wall space, are sourced and reproduced from roughly 1000 diverse publications collected by the artist. Diane Dufour, Director of the prestigious pho...

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