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Art Prize 2019 for Daniel Schwartz

Photo by Daniel Schwartz / VII.

Daniel Schwartz, VII Emeritus Member, has received the Art Prize 2019 of the Canton Solothurn (CH) in recognition of his achievement in photography spanning more than four decades, encompassing the seminal Great Wall of China (1987), a long-term observation of the political reconfiguration of Central Asia and the war for Afghanistan (1998-2018) as well as the topic of global warming, begun with part I in Asia (Delta, 1991-1995), and continued with part II (While the Fires Burn. A Glacier Odyssey, 2009-2016). The award follows the Culture Prize of the Canton of Zurich (2010) and will be handed over on November 11 during a ceremony in the Stadttheater, Olten, Switzerland.

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A Displaced Hope

VII Mentor Program photographer Taha Ahmad’s solo exhibition “A Displaced Hope” will be on view from September 28 through October 6, 2019 in Taiwan.

The exhibition, made possible due to The Documentary Project Fund, Bureau of Cultural Affairs Kaohsiung City Government, Ministry of Culture Taiwan, PAIR Artist in Residence Program and The Pier-2 Art Center, will also feature some photos from Dalinpu Village (a village on the border of Kaoshiung and Pingtung) which has long been struggling with an environmental crisis. The exhibition will open on September 28, 2019 at the C8-8 Dayi warehouse, Pier-2 Art Center, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

 

Lines and Lineage

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Selected as a finalist for the 2019 Leica Oskar Barnack Award, seventeen prints of Tomas van Houtryve’s Lines and Lineage will be exhibited in Berlin with the other finalists from September 25 to October 25, 2019.

Lines and Lineage takes aim at America’s collective amnesia of history. The work addresses the missing photographic record of the period when Mexico ruled what we now know as the American West. To visualize the people and places from the remarkable yet unseen Mexican era, Tomas van Houtryve chose to photograph the region with glass plates and a 19th-century wooden camera. Portraits of direct descendants of early inhabitants of the West—mestizo, Afro-Latin, indigenous, Crypto-Jewish—are paired with photographs of landscapes inside the original border and architecture from the Mexican period. Lines and Lineage lifts the pervasive fog of dominant Western mythology and makes us question the role that photographs—both present and missing—have played in shaping the identity of the West. The work will be published as a monograph by Radius Books in Autumn 2019.

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award honors “professional photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form.” It is named after Oskar Barnack, the inventor of the Leica camera, and it has been awarded since 1979. Previous winners include Martin Kollar, Guy Tillim, Andrea Hoyer, Luc Delahaye, Claudine Doury, Larry Towell, Eugene Richards and Sebastiao Salgado. Tomas’ series, Behind the Curtains, was also chosen as LOBA finalist in 2011. For the 2019 award, the members of the jury were Karin Rehn-Kaufmann, Max Pinckers, Milena Carstens, Enrico Stefanelli and Steve McCurry.

The Rope

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Ziyah Gafic’s short documentary, “The Rope” will be screened at the Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival.

In “The Rope,” former mountaineering partners, who were conquering European and world peaks until the end of the ‘80s, Muhamed Gafi? (70) and Željko Rudan (63), are preparing for what could be their toughest climb ever. Above them is the top of the Babin zub, the mountain they had climbed so many times. But beneath them is the burden of the past — war and suffering. Roped together, Muhamed and Željko talk about war and confidence, while climbing.

AJB DOC Film Festival is an international documentary film festival which will take place in Sarajevo from the 20th to the 24th of September, 2019. The Festival is organized by the TV broadcaster Al Jazeera Balkans, in cooperation with Al Jazeera Media Network (AJMN) and Al Jazeera Media Institute.

 

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