Prix Découverte Louis Roederer 2022

Image: Rahim Fortune, Billy & Minzly, I can't stand to see you cry series, 2020.
Courtesy of Sasha Wolf Projects and the artist.


Rahim Fortune

Prix Découverte Louis Roederer

Rahim Fortune (b.1994) was raised in the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. His documentary photo practice focuses on culture, geography and self expression in the American landscape. I Can't Stand To See You Cry begins with Rahim Fortune's return to his dying father's bedside, and continues through the weight of grief, as the world experiences the pandemic and the United States witness George Floyd’s execution. It is an autobiography informed by history, where the healing of the author’s wounds and the reduction of the country’s fractures are at stake. The young photographer draws strength from vulnerability to create an intimate work in permanent dialogue with those around him.

Image: Olga Grotova, Apples in Tonya’s Garden, 8mm film, Our Grandmothers’ Gardens series, 2022.
Courtesy of Olga Grotova.


Olga Grotova

Mention Spéciale

Olga Grotova was born in Russia in 1986, she lives and works in London. For the exhibition Our Grandmothers' Gardens, she tells the story of her ancestors and country using a film, historical magazines and two works on paper. The film recounts her return to the Urals where, accompanied by her mother, she goes in search of land that belonged to her great-grandmother, then to her grandmother and which ended up in collective ownership. In the archives, the regime's propaganda campaigns are highlighted, praising the agricultural work of women. Completing the exhibition, are two works on paper made by superimposing images and materials, in particular soil taken from the gardens themselves.

Image: Mika Sperling, Cut-outs of my grandfather I don’t want to look at, 2021,
I Have Done Nothing Wrong series. Courtesy of Mika Sperling.


Mika Sperling

Prix du Public

Mika Sperling lives and works in Hamburg, Germany. She was born as the youngest of eight children in Norilsk, a mining city in Northern Siberia before her family migrated to Germany in her first year of life. In I Have Done Nothing Wrong, armed by vulnerability and empowered by resilience, the artist expresses the crimes of her grandfather through three complementary series. First, five photographs produced in collaboration with her daughter on the road from her childhood home to that of the perpetrator. Then, meticulously cut out family photos. And finally, a fictive scenario between a deceased grandfather and an artist looking for answers.

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Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles 2022

Image: Amina Kadous, White Gold, 2020-2022. Courtesy of the artist.


Amina Kadous

Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles

Amina Kadous, a young Egyptian photographer, has produced a work that is both intimate and universal on the erosion of a part of the history of her country, symbolized by the cultivation of cotton. Entitled White gold, the series is presented in the exhibition If a Tree falls in a Forest. The series evokes the voids left by time as Egyptian cotton declines. A work of memory, sensitive, poetic and intelligent, which strives to bring together the traces of the artist childhood, between loss and transmission, in her grandfather's house and the cotton fields.

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James Barnor Prize

Image: Sènami Donoumassou, Ayatc, 2022, Akc mla mla, series of photograms.
© Courtesy of the artist.


Sènami Donoumassou

James Barnor Prize

The James Barnor Prize was born out of British-Ghanaian photographer James Barnor's desire to promote and support photography talents in the African continent or wider African diaspora, and to increase their visibility at an international level. This year, for the first edition, the prize focused on the West African region and was awarded to Sènami Donoumassou. The artist was born in 1991 in Benin, where she lives and works. Rooted in the animist tradition, her work uses the photogram technique. Without the use of a device, objects are deposited then illuminated on a photosensitive paper until the appearance of their luminous imprints. Traces of ghostly and nebulous images appear, evoking objects of worship or human faces.

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Luma Rencontres Dummy Book
Award Arles 2022

Image: Hoja Santa by Maciejka Art. Graphic design : Maciejka Art,
Inframundo (Ramon Pez et Ana Casas), Mexico.


Hoja Santa

by Maciejka Art

Luma Rencontres Dummy Book Award Arles

Maciejka Art was born in Łódź, Poland in 1983, and moved to Italy when she was 7 years old. Few years ago, she started travelling to Latin America and Mexico where she undertook different art residencies and projects. Hoja Santa is an herb widely used in traditional medicine and cooking in Costa Chica, Oaxaca. Maciejka Art visited Juliana and her daughter and lived with her family for over a year, in José María Morelos. She learned about the local tradition and all aspects of women's society in this difficult and isolated region of Mexico. She met local healers and midwifes, abandoned women, widows, single mothers or mothers of many children. The initial project about women became her own journey into the origin, the womb, and back.

Image: El retrato de tu ausencia by Alejandro Luperca Morales.
Graphic design : Fernando Gallegos, Mexico.


El retrato de tu ausencia

by Alejandro Luperca Morales

Mention Spéciale

Alejandro Luperca Morales was born in Ciudad Juárez (Mexico) in 1990. Between 2010 and 2016, the artist removed all the corpses he found published in the local newspaper "P.M", in Ciudad Juárez. He erased hundreds of bodies whith a rubber eraser in a completely manual process, approching the newspaper from its name, understanding it as a "Post Mortem" space. The periods of extreme violence that the city experienced positioned it among the most violent in the world, marked by the large number of intentional homicides. When what was supposed to be in the picture no longer appeared, the ghostly space that remained allowed people to reflect on what was happening. These new images intended to grant an opportunity for mourning, a last image, a more dignified form of death.

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Artists Development Programme 2022

Image: Pauline-Rose Dumas, Window across, Berlin 1/3, 2020. Collage, oil pastel,
photographies and various fabrics, 57 x 98 cm. © paulinerosedumas 2020


Laure Winants

Liviu Bulea

Elsa Mencagli

Pauline-Rose Dumas

Artists Development Programme

The European Investment Bank (EIB) Institute collaborated with Cité internationale des arts (Paris) for the 2022 edition of the Artists Development Programme (ADP). The ADP is the Institute’s yearly residency and mentorship programme for emerging European artists. For the 2022 edition of the residency, coinciding with the 10 year anniversary of the initiative, the laureates received a three-month residency at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris, from September 2. This year four laureates are : Laure Winants, Liviu Bulea, Elsa Mencagli and Pauline-Rose Dumas.

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