Belfast Photo Festival
Image: Alice Mann, Drummies.
Alice Mann with her project Drummies and Carlos Idun-Tawiah with his project Boys Will Always Be Boys are the winners of the Belfast Photo Festival's 2023 Spotlight Award. Their projects will be exhibited during Belfast Photo Festival in Botanic Gardens from June 1-30. Alice Mann is a South African photographic artist, her series depict the unique and aspirational subculture surrounding all-female teams of drum majorettes in South Africa, affectionately known as ‘Drummies’. Carlos Idun-Tawiah is a Ghanaian photographer and filmmaker based in Accra, Ghana. His ongoing series Boys Will Always Be Boys is a requiem of his childhood friendships and that of many people who grew up in very communal environments.
Preis der Nationalgalerie 2024
Image: Pan Daijing, Done Duet, Installationsansicht, Power Station of Art, Shanghai, 2021. © Pan Daijing
Preis der Nationalgalerie
Pan Daijing, Daniel Lie, Hanne Lippard and James Richards are awarded the Preis der Nationalgalerie, which, in 2024, is going to four artists for the first time. The new format of the prize takes up the idea of the exhibition as a collective exchange and aims to expand the collection through the purchase of four new pieces. The prize winners will produce four new works to be shown in a joint exhibition at the Hamburger Bahnhof from April to September 2024.
2023 Calder Prize
Image: Installation view, Aki Sasamoto: Delicate Cycle, SculptureCenter, 2016. Photo: Kyle Knodell
The Calder Foundation, with support from the Scone Foundation, has awarded the 2023 Calder Prize to New York–based artist Aki Sasamoto. For more than a decade, Sasamoto has been combining her installation work, which often involves everyday objects, with performances that have an absurdist sense of humor. Most recently, she was featured in the 2022 Venice Biennale, where she exhibited Sink or Float, in which commercial stainless-steel sinks were transformed into airflow tables with objects floating atop. Delicate Cycle, which debuted at her 2016 exhibition at SculptureCenter in Queens, saw her memorably perform inside a commercial laundry machine and move a giant pile of clothing like a dung beetle.
Image: Hakuten, Tree Says, installation at Sense Island, Sarushima, Japan, completion 2022.
Tree Says by Hakuten
Winner of the Month for April
Tree Says was an installation at Sense Island, an art event that takes place on the uninhabited Japanese island of Sarushima that’s frequented by nature lovers. Hakuten designed an immersive experience on one of five sites that once had a turret used for defence purposes during WWII. Now overgrown, the location was ideal for Hakuten to create a work commenting on the passage of time and the power of nature. Special microphones, steel mono-tubes and vibration plates were set up to help visitors hear – and feel – the trees and their movements. Linear lights installed like root systems added to the atmospheric quality of the installation at night, awakening the curiosity and imagination of the audience.
Prix AOYF de photographie des droits humains
Image: Thaddé Comar/ECAL, How was your dream?
Prix AOYF de photographie des droits humains
French photographer Thaddé Comar is the winner of the Prix AOYF de photographie des droits humains organized by the Swiss Act On Your Future foundation. The prize addresses the theme of digital technologies and their impact on our daily lives. Thaddé Comar was awarded for his documentary photographic project How was your dream? supported by Pro-Helvetia and realized during the Hong Kong protests between June and October 2019. How was your dream? deals with new forms of demonstration and insurrection in our post-contemporary era dominated by seamless control societies.
Archibald Prize 2023
Image: Julia Gutman, Head in the sky, feet on the ground, 2023. Oil, found textiles and embroidery on canvas. 198 x 213.6 cm. Courtesy the artist. Image courtesy Art Gallery of New South Wales, Jenni Carter.
Sydney artist Julia Gutman, 29, has won the Archibald Prize 2023 for her portrait of Aussie singer Montaigne, Head in the sky, feet on the ground(2023). Gutman reuses found textiles to produce painted 'patchworks'. "In this remarkable tender portrait of a young musician who is making her way in a tough business, we see an intimacy and vulnerability that is truly compelling," said Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) director Michael Brand. "Montaigne and I have been friends for a few years and there is a lot of alignment in our practices; we are both interested in creating our own forms and approaches rather than strictly adhering to any one tradition," said Gutman.
Image: Subash Thebe Limbu, Ladhamba Tayem; Future Continuous (still), 2023. Provided by Hyundai Motor Group VH AWARD.
Subash Thebe Limbu
Hyundai Motor Group announced Subash Thebe Limbu as the Grand Prix recipient of the 5th VH AWARD, Asia’s leading award for new media artists. The Yakthung artist based in Kathmandu, Nepal and London, won the award with his work titled Ladhamba Tayem; Future Continuous. In his work, Subash Thebe Limbu imagines futures where Indigenous people’s actions and existence is in the space-time continuum. Through the conversation between two indigenous people from very different timelines, the Yakthung-based artist asks the viewers to investigate their own potential role in searching for the possible futures to strive for, while reflecting the struggle against colonialism and overcoming obstacles.