The prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018 celebrates its four finalists with an exhibition that opened today 23 February at The Photographer’s Gallery.
The work of Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson will be on display at the gallery until 3 June.
Meet the 4 Artists Shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Prize
Mathieu Asselin (b. 1973, France) has been nominated for his publication Monsanto A Photographic Investigation (Actes Sud, 2017). His work comprises a photographic interrogation of global biotech giant, Monsanto.
Luke Willis Thompson (b. 1988, New Zealand) is nominated for the exhibition autoportrait (23 June – 27 August 2017 at Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK). The cinematic study portrays a grief that explores what is at stake in its own representation.
Batia Suter (1967, Switzerland) is nominated for Parallel Encyclopedia #2 (Roma, 2016). This encyclopaedic collection of visual taxonomies reveals the changing and associative meaning of a printed image’s context.
Rafal Milach (b. 1978, Poland) is nominated for his exhibition Refusal (12 May – 18 June 2017, Atlas Sztuki Gallery, Lodz, Poland). His photography represents the government’s seen and unseen tactics of control and propaganda.
The artists shortlisted have taken a wide array of approaches to produce vastly different work, yet all overlap on the topic of knowledge, its production and manipulation, as well as how it is visually represented. Visibility and concealment are the themes that stand out most among the works as a whole and individually. The artists also question the importance of the image in contemporary culture.
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