Prix Pictet Power Exhibition

August 16, 2012 | Mark Goldstein | Events | Comment | |
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A major exhibition devoted to the work of the 12 shortlisted photographers for the fourth Prix Pictet will go on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 10 – 28 October 2012. The winner of the 100,000 Swiss franc Prix Pictet will be announced by Kofi Annan, Honorary President of the Prix Pictet, at the opening reception on Tuesday 9 October.

PRIX PICTET ‘POWER’ EXHIBITION OPENS WORLD TOUR AT SAATCHI GALLERY IN LONDON

•    Featuring works by 12 shortlisted photographers
•    Kofi Annan to announce winner of 100,000 Swiss franc prize
•    Prix Pictet Commission artist also to be announced

A major exhibition devoted to the work of the 12 shortlisted photographers for the fourth Prix Pictet will go on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 10 – 28 October 2012.

The winner of the 100,000 Swiss franc Prix Pictet will be announced by Kofi Annan, Honorary President of the Prix Pictet, at the opening reception on Tuesday 9 October.

The artist chosen by the Partners of Pictet & Cie to carry out the Prix Pictet Commission will also be announced.

The exhibition will feature the work of: Robert Adams (United States, born 1937), Daniel Beltrá (Spain/United States, 1964), Mohamed Bourouissa (Algeria/France, 1978), Philippe Chancel (France, 1959), Edmund Clark (UK, 1963), Carl De Keyzer (Belgium, 1958), Luc Delahaye (France, 1962), Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan, 1977), Jacqueline Hassink (Netherlands, 1966), An-My Lê (United States/Vietnam, 1961), Joel Sternfeld (United States, 1944), Guy Tillim (South Africa, 1962).

After the Saatchi Gallery, the Prix Pictet Power exhibition will begin a world tour including planned shows in Munich, Paris, Beirut, Istanbul Thessaloniki and Budapest and ending in early 2014 with an exhibition at the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) San Diego.

The mandate of the Prix Pictet is to use the power of photography to raise public awareness worldwide to the environmental and social challenges of the new millennium. Launched in 2008 by the Geneva-based private bank Pictet & Cie, the Prix Pictet has rapidly established itself as one of the world’s leading photography prizes.

The Prix Pictet has two elements: a prize of CHF 100,000 awarded to the photographer who, in the opinion of the independent jury, has produced a series of work that addresses most powerfully the theme of the award; and the Commission, awarded by the Partners of Pictet & Cie, in which a nominated photographer is invited to undertake a field trip to a region where the Bank is supporting a sustainability project.

For this edition of the award Pictet is supporting the Swiss-based humanitarian organisation Medair’s work in Bamyan Province in the Central Highlands of Afghanistan.

In each 18-month cycle, the award is centred on a distinct sustainability theme. The fourth theme of the Prix Pictet, Power, is a theme with enormous breadth, embracing contradiction and paradox in equal measure, that has uncovered images and issues that are both awe-inspiring and disturbing.

For more information, please visit the website http://www.prixpictet.com

Prix Pictet: Power
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York Square, Chelsea, London SW3 4SQ
10-28 October 2012
Admission free
http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk

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