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Art Digest: June 29—July 05

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Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest: June 29—July 05

To bring freshness to the column, this time we’re going to talk about photography only. Open calls, initiatives, exhibitions — welcome a bird’s-eye view of some inspiring photo events of the week.

Ren Hang Nudes Exhibition at Centro Pecci runs until August 23

The Nudes exhibition (Nudi) by the famous Chinese photographer Ren Hang is the first extensive project to highlight the oeuvre of the artist in Italy. The exhibition comprises more than 90 photographs taken from the international collections as well as poetry and other art objects by Ren Hang. The distinctive feature of Hang’s works is a focus on nudity and aestheticization of the corporeal in its various manifestations. The Nudes exhibition runs from June 04—August 23 at the Luigi Pecci Contemporary Art Center (Prato, Italy).

‘We were born nude…I just photographed things in their more natural conditions’ (Ren Hang)

Chinese photographer and poet Ren Hang (1987—2017) became famous for his provocative approach in the exploration of human nakedness, often in the fusion with nature. Choosing explicit poses and the alike-looking models (slender, white-skinned, dark-haired, with red lipstick and painted nails for women), the artist researches what’s like to be young and free-spirited in China. Though not touching intentionally upon the political subjects, Ren Hang questions, if it’s possible to dispose of one’s own sexuality and identity in the society driven by the collectivist values. Being a gay himself, the artist is familiar with the constant state of confrontation from experience.

Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Parr, and other photographers to raise money against racism 

Wolfgang Tillmans, Martin Parr, Renell Medrano, and other photographers (around 100 of them) have donated works from their archives to the Anti-Racism Photography Fundraiser platform. The Fundraiser organizers claim that racism is a deep-rooted British issue and see the decision to fight against it as a call both for the creative world, and the world at large. The price of each print is about $125 USD, all works are printed and delivered by the London-based service theprintspace

Money raised from the charitable sales will be distributed between the three anti-racism organizations: The Black Curriculum, Black Minds Matter, and Exist Loudly. The complete list of artists participating as well as the display of their works are available on the platform

2020 Turner Prize announced its winners

Certainly you know the Turner Prize, the UK’s acclaimed award for art, which helped such artists as Grayson Perry, Gilbert & George, and Anish Kapoor to pursue a brilliant career (all of them won the prestigious award in the past). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year Turner Prize takes place in a new guise. Called the Turner Bursaries, the reward for each winner has comprised $12,300 USD (instead of the typical $31,000 USD). Ten artists have been chosen. 

This year jury is chaired by the Director of Tate Britain, Alex Farquharson. And here are the winners of the 2020 Turner Bursaries: Arika, Liz Johnson Artur, Oreet Ashery, Shawanda Corbett, Jamie Crewe, Sean Edwards, Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Ima-Abasi Okon, Imran Perretta, and Alberta Whittle. Well worth taking a closer look at: these could be the rising stars of the art world.

New East Photo Prize 2020 call for entry 

The New East Photo Prize 2020 is a contemporary photography award for artists from Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia, and Central Asia. The award has been launched by Calvert 22 Foundation and it’s online edition The Calvert Journal in 2016. The mission of the project the organizers define as championing artistic excellence in photography as well as recognition of various representations of the social, cultural and physical landscape of the New East and other perspectives on that region. This year applications are open until July 20. Learn more about the project and the conditions of participation from the website.

The lucky ones who succeed in the competition will have the opportunity to a) have their works featured online in the Journal; b) win a cash prize of £1,000; c) get a £500 voucher for photographers equipment; d) get a full tuition scholarship; e) take part in a finalists group show, if circumstances permit*. The jury panel includes international artists, photographers, curators, and researchers.

PhotoBook Awards by Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation calling 

Celebrating the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography — this what the PhotoBook Awards founded by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo focuses on. This time there are as usual three major categories to apply: First PhotoBook, PhotoBook of the Year, and Photography Catalogue of the Year. However, organizers await even more critical and creative statements from the applicants due to the unprecedented year.

The submissions deadline is September 12, the winners are to be announced in November 2020. There is a set of criteria for books submitted as well as entry fees (learn more from the website). The judging process this year is two-staged: representatives of both Paris Photo and Aperture Foundation will select the short-listed candidates in New York, while the final winners will be chosen by a distinct jury in Paris right before the start of Paris Photo.

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