The winning projects 2015/2016
Following two days deliberating 100 applications pre-selected from amongst 600 projects encompassing almost 60 countries, the jury of international professionals chaired by the American artist James Casebere and comprising Julien Frydman, development director of the Luma Foundation, Arles (France), Marta Gili, director of Jeu de Paume, Paris (France), Kira Pollack, photo editor of TIME, New York (USA) and Ramón Reverté, editor-in-chief of RM publishers, (Mexico) granted the Vevey International Photography Award 2015/2016 to Christian Patterson (United States) for his project Gong Co. The winner receives a grant of 40’000CHF to realize this project in one year and present it at the Festival Images in September 2016.
Le Grand Prix 2015/2016
Born in 1972 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Christian Patterson lives and works in New York. A self-taught photographer, his work became internationally renowned particularly following the success of Redheaded Peckerwood, a book published by MACK in 2011. He sums up his proposal for the Vevey International Photography Award quoting Andy Warhol:
‘All stores will become museums and all museums will become stores.’
Jury statement (extract)
Christian Patterson’s “Gong Co” fits perfectly this ambition of the Festival Images with a multi-layered approach that challenges and broadens the more conventional uses of photography. In September 2016 this American photographer will build an immersive storefront installation in Vevey, including photographs, products and objects from a Mississippi grocery store that was recently shuttered.
Here, photography is no longer simply a representation of something else but one element among many others adding up to an immersive, interactive and multimedia experience that is unique. The project will raise questions about consumerism, immigration and social change in capitalist society. The tension between fiction and reality and collective and personal narrative is also explored through literary means to great emotional effect.
The jury also awarded the following prizes:
Broncolor Prize (light)
Adrian Sonderegger & Jojakim Cortis (Switzerland) for:
Ikons, a series of historical or famous photographic recreations that question this medium and its relationships with reality.
Leica Prize (Reportage)
Vittorio Mortarotti & Anush Hamzehian (Italy) for:
Eden, a series addressing the consequences on individual fates of war, occupation and exile.
Jury Special Prize
Waltraut Taenzler (Germany) for:
EYES ON BORDERs, artistic research that questions and reflects public surveillance systems, in particular at borders.
Festival Images Book Award
LaiaAbril (Spain) for:
The WereWomen Legend, investigating Manuel(a) Blanco Romasanta, the first serial killer referenced in Spanish history.
Laurence Aëgerter for Photographic Treatment, that explores the effects of images on people suffering from senile dementia, and particularly Alzheimer’s.