Winning projects of the Grand Prix Images Vevey will be announced on Tuesday, May 11, 2021!

 

Grand Prix Images Vevey 2019/2020

After three days of deliberation, the jury of the Grand Prix Images Vevey, chaired by Indian artist Dayanita Singh and composed of Emma Bowkett (Director of Photography, Financial Times FT Weekend Magazine, London), Lesley A. Martin (Creative Director, Aperture Foundation, New York), Christoph Wiesner (Artistic Director, Paris Photo, Paris) and Francesco Zanot (Independent curator, Milan) awarded the four following prizes:

Grand Prix Images Vevey 2019/2020

Kristine Potter (United States)
Dark Waters

  

The jury commented upon its decision thus:

“The jury was deeply impressed by Dark Waters, Kristine Potter’s meditation on the violence embedded in the landscape and popular culture of the American South. In particular, the jury members considered the work’s gothic, literary approach to the tradition of American murder ballads to be notable for its ability to turn a classic photographic subject—the American landscape—on its head. The work excavates a hidden history of death and violence against women. Potter takes note of the descriptions of beatings and killings plainly stated in the lyrics of traditional Appalachian and Blues songs. She also locates this past by photographing at sites with names like Murder Creek, Bloody River, and Rape Pond. Potter proposes to combine video and music with traditional, large-format black-and-white photographs, including landscapes and a series of haunting, staged portraits inspired by the female subjects of the lyrics. The work powerfully confronts the violence inherent in these sites and lyrics, as well as the male-dominated history of American landscape photography.

The jury unanimously looks forward to the expansion of Kristine Potter’s already robust practice and her reexamination of these dark mythologies. While her proposal is grounded in a specific, historical tradition and locales, the jury felt that the implications are universally applicable to the gendered, violent messages that often go unexamined in contemporary popular culture.”

Kristine Potter

Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Kristine Potter (1977) studied photography at the University of Georgia and Yale University. Winner of the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018, she has exhibited in numerous galleries and museums in the United States and Europe. Her work has been included in private and public collections such as the Georgia Museum of Art and has been published in journals such as Contact Sheet, Paper Journal and The British Journal of Photography. Her first monograph, “Manifest” was published by TBWBooks in 2018.

 

Grand Prix Images Vevey is a creation-support grant for photography projects. The award, worth some CHF 40,000 (approx. EUR 35,000), enables artists to develop an original project. The winner now has one year to complete the project which will premiere at the next Festival Images Vevey from 5 to 27 September 2020.

Watch the video of the jury commenting the winning project:

Grand Prix Images Vevey 2019/2020 by Festival Images on Vimeo.

 

Images Vevey Book Award

Gloria Oyarzabal (Spain)
Woman Go No’ Gree

    

The jury commented upon its decision thus:

“ Gloria Oyarzabal’s book proposal promises an engaging, visually exciting mix of her own images, a selection of archival material, and an extensive, research-based text. The project wrestles with the challenges of applying “universal” Western feminist ideas to cultures with entirely different traditions. The jury unanimously felt this exploration of feminism and of cultural and racial biases to be urgent to our time.

Gloria Oyarzabal

Gloria Oyarzabal (1971) trained and graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where she currently lives and works. After having lived several years in Mali, the Spanish artist has since developed a research on the construction of the idea of Africa, the processes of colonization and decolonization, with a particular interest in African feminisms. Her work has been exhibited in numerous photography festivals such as FORMAT in Derby (UK), Fotofestiwal in Lodz (PL), LagosPhoto (NG) and Encontros da Imagem in Braga (PT).

 

Made possible by the Amis d’Images association, the Images Vevey Book Award supports the creation of a book project that showcases an optimal and original balance between publication format and photographic content with a CHF 10,000 (app. € 9,000) grant.

Watch the video of the jury commenting the winning project:

Images Vevey Book Award 2019/2020 by Festival Images on Vimeo.

 

Special Jury Prize

Lei Lei (China)
Weekend

Born in 1985 in Nanchang (China) and based in Los Angeles and Beijing.

  

“The jury unanimously awarded a Special Jury Prize to Chinese artist Lei Lei for his ongoing video and collage project, Weekend. Based in Los Angeles, Lei Lei maintains a growing collection of images from second hand markets and vintage magazines such as China Pictorial. He isolates, selects, and assembles elements from these materials, questioning the difference between artwork and archive, memories and dreams. In the resulting collages, he creates a hybridized, personal history, in addition to animating them and creating a soundtrack for each.

Broncolor Prize - Light

Benoît Jeannet (Switzerland/Spain)
Escape from Paradise

Born in 1991 in Neuchâtel (Switzerland), where he currently lives and works.

“The jury is pleased to unanimously select Benoît Jeannet as the Broncolor Prize Light. His project, Escape from Paradise, is a study of Hawaiian myth and iconography. In the photographer’s studio, the island becomes an observation laboratory—a microcosm of twentieth-century history. The plantations of the Dole Food Company; the history of the Hawaiian shirt; the invention of the atomic bomb, and the Internet boom are elements that have shaped our popular perception of the Island. Hawaïan images, inscribed in popular culture, function as the objects of watered-down propaganda. The jury appreciated Jeannet’s studio-based approach to iconographic elements, allowing them to be represented as sculptural photographic objects.

 

Heidi.news Prize - Reportage

Jack Latham (United Kingdom)
Beggar’s Honey

Born in 1989 in Cardiff and currently based in Bristol.

“The jury unanimously wished to recognize Jack Latham as an exciting voice in contemporary documentary practice. This Heidi.news Prize – Reportage is an opportunity to launch a new project for this photographer, who uses methodical research as a foundation for his practice. Beggar’s Honey, will examine the emergence of “Click Factories” that have popped up throughout Eastern Europe and Asia in secret warehouses in which thousands of phones are programmed to influence public opinion by aggregating “likes” and “comments”. An issue considered to be a significant and very real part of the “fake news” crisis.”

While waiting for this project to come to fruition, postponed due to covid-19, the laureate presented the first part of his work Beggar’s Honey – Chapter I: Latent Bloom at the Festival Images Vevey 2020.

 

Other support for artistic creation

In addition to the organisation of its Grand Prix, Images Vevey joins forces with various partners to develop grants to support photographic creation. A jury of independent experts awards prizes for artistic projects conceived or presented during the Festival Images Vevey.

 

La Bourse Nestlé

The Bourse Nestlé is a real laboratory of ressources and aid to creation, bringing together the event-driven logic of a festival, the economic logic of a multinational and the artistic logic of the laureate. Awarded every two years to one of the photographers who submitted an application for the Grand Prix Images Vevey, it has been since 2008 a historical commitment of Nestlé, official partner of Images Vevey.

Winner of the 2019/2020 Bourse Nestlé : Ruches by Aladin Borioli

Trained in visual arts at the ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’arts de Lausanne and in anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Aladin Borioli has been developing since 2014 a vast corpus of photographs, videos, sounds and ethnographic material. Between photography, architecture, anthropology and ethology, his long-term work subtly mixes artistic and scientific approaches. On the occasion of the Bourse Nestlé, Images Vevey and RVB Books published Ruches/Hives, a book presenting a new history of the hive through hundreds of archival documents. This fascinating visual glossary retraces the diversity of architectures invented by humans for bees over the period from 2400 B.C. to 1852, the date of the first patent application for the so-called “modern” hive.

Festival Images Vevey 2020, Exhibition of Aladin Borioli at La Forge. Photo : Laetitia Gessler

Parcours Bon à Tirer

The Parcours Bon à tirer is a partnership between the BAT Switzerland Foundation and the Festival Images Vevey to support contemporary creation. A jury of experts awards one of the photographers under 40 years old in the Festival Images Vevey 2020 program with a cheque for CHF 5,000 in the form of a Bon à tirer* which provides financial support for the artist and the production of prints that will enter the collection of the Swiss Museum of the Photographic Camera in Vevey.

*Bon à tirer is a technical term used in printing to qualify the final contractual proof validated by the customer, before the printing of the ordered documents is launched.

BAT Switzerland is a non-profit public utility foundation whose statutory aim is to promote cultural and artistic projects. It has awarded scholarships and prizes with the aim of making quality works of art accessible to a wide public. It is to extend this spirit that it began, in 2020, with the Bon à Tirer project, a partnership with the Festival Images Vevey, the largest visual arts biennial in Switzerland, which has been defending for a decade artistic risk-taking and accessibility to art for the greatest number of people.

The two laureates of this edition are :

Award “Parcours Bon à Tirer” : Abglanz by Alina Frieske

Alina Frieske’s Abglanz series, produced as part of her Bachelor thesis at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne, is named after a poetic word in German whose original meaning is lost in translation. This expression alludes to a ‘pale reflection’ or a ‘distant echo’. Alina Frieske started by collecting images gleaned from social media. She then selected fragments of her wide assortment of anonymous snapshots and selfies and rearranged them into digital photomontages. These compositions form a series of portraits and still-life artwork inspired by the history of painting. By diverting the original intention of the collected pictures, Alina Frieske raises public awareness of the question of accessibility and appropriation of personal and private information widely available on internet. The artist’s warning is astonishingly beautiful. She adopts canonical codes of well-known genres, then updates them via unconventional means.

Festival Images Vevey 2020, Abglanz by Alina Frieske, La Galerie. Photo : Emilien Itim

 

BAT Switzerland Teams “Coup de coeur” award: Light of disaster by Stephanie Montes

Produced during an artistic residency of the SMArt program in Monthey in the spring of 2020, as part of an exchange between Colombia and Switzerland, Stephanie Montes’ series entitled The Radiance of Disaster takes shape during the period of confinement. Dealing with these particular conditions of confinement, the Colombian artist takes pictures of lonely landscapes that she tensions with black and white family images from the first half of the 20th century, collected in photo albums and various online sources.

Festival Images Vevey 2020, The Radiance of Disaster by Stephanie Montes, Place Scanavin. Photo : Emilien Itim