(Gauri Gill has been awarded the Grange Prize – see that post here)
Did you know that voting by the public determines the winner in The Grange Prize for photography? Voting is open now. The nominees are Gauri Gill, Elaine Stocki, Nandini Valli and Canada’s Althea Thauberger (above). Her shot of women soldiers at Kandahar International Airport (2009) is part of the extensive portfolio for each artist, to help make your decision. Whether you vote or not, have a look. It’s all great work.
Each year, a jury selects four living photographic artists – two from Canada and two from a partner country – for excellence in contemporary photography. The Art Gallery of Ontario hosts The Grange Prize Exhibition 2011 through November 27. The public can vote on-site at the exhibition, or online at thegrangeprize.com. Here are pieces from the other portfolios.
Nandini Valli (Indian), Reassurance 1, 2006, from the series Definitive Reincarnate, inkjet print on archival paper, 76 x 76 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai © 2011 Nandini Valli
Gauri Gill (Indian), Sunita, Nirmala and Sita, from the series Balika Mela Portraits, 2003, archival pigment print, 76 x 102 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Nature Morte Gallery. © 2011 Gauri Gill
Elaine Stocki (Canadian), Swim, 2008, platinum print, 38 x 38 cm. Courtesy of the artist © 2011 Elaine Stocki
The prize awards $50,000 CDN to the winner and $5,000 CDN to each runner-up. The four shortlisted artists also participate in a residency-exchange. The Canadian artists travel to the partner country, and the international artists travel to Canada – with the goal of creating new work supported by the Grange Prize.