Aimia | AGO Photography Prize announces 2014 jury

AGO curator Sophie Hackett leads distinguished panel of jurors that
includes Laurie Simmons and Okwui Enwezor

TORONTO, March 31, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ – The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is pleased to announce the jury of experts who will award Canada’s
largest photography prize this year. Sophie Hackett, associate curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO),
will lead the 2014 Prize panel which will include luminaries Laurie Simmons, a New York photography and film-based artist, and Okwui Enwezor, director of Munich’s renowned Haus der Kunst.

One of the largest art prize programs in the world, the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize awards more than $85,000 CAD in cash prizes directly to artists working
in photography each year, and each year’s winner is chosen by public vote. The Prize program is comprised of an annual exhibition, an online
exhibition at, fully-funded artist residencies in Canada, public events and a
national scholarship program.

“The AGO is committed to fostering an ongoing public dialogue about
contemporary photography by connecting people with extraordinary images
by Canadian and international artists,” says Matthew Teitelbaum,
Director and CEO of the AGO. “We feel privileged to have Aimia as an
equal partner in this endeavour, as our organizations share a
meaningful passion for the advancement of photography and its artists
both in Canada and globally. I’m delighted to welcome such
distinguished jury members to this year’s prize, and I look forward to
the many exciting moments to come. ”

“The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is a springboard for Canadian and
international artists who have shown extraordinary potential in the
course of the past five years,” says Vince Timpano, President and CEO
of Aimia in Canada. “Aimia is dedicated to supporting a dialogue around
contemporary photography by creating platforms for discussion and
offering support to help artists achieve their goals.”

This summer the jury will select four finalists from a list of
long-listed international artists nominated by a panel of photography
experts. The finalists’ works will be exhibited at the AGO in an
exhibition opening on Sept. 3, 2014, and each artist will receive a
fully-funded six-week residency in Canada. The public is invited to
vote on the finalists inside the exhibition and online beginning on
Aug. 13, 2014 at The winner will receive $50,000 CAD.

The 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize jurors:

  • Sophie Hackett is the Associate Curator, Photography, at the Art Gallery of Ontario
    and adjunct faculty in Ryerson University’s master’s program in
    Photographic Preservation and Collections Management. She is the lead
    juror for the 2014 AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize, a role she also held
    in 2010 and 2012.

  • Laurie Simmons is a photography and film-based artist based in New York. Simmons’ work
    blends psychological, political, and conceptual approaches to art
    making—transforming photography’s tendency to objectify people,
    especially women, into a critique of the medium. She has received many
    awards, including the Roy Lichtenstein Residency in the Visual Arts at
    the American Academy in Rome (2005). She has also had major exhibitions
    at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis,
    participated in two Whitney Biennial exhibitions (1985, 1991) and was
    included in the 2013 Venice Biennial.

  • Okwui Enwezor is a Nigerian-born scholar, curator, and writer and has been director
    of Haus der Kunst since October 2011. Enwezor’s extensive curatorial
    credits include exhibitions presented in museums and venues across the
    US, Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, including Guggenheim
    Museum, Tate Modern, Art Institute of Chicago, and the National Gallery
    of Canada. He is the author of “Events of the Self: Contemporary
    African Photography from the Walther Collection,” among numerous other
    volumes. Enwezor has served as the artistic director of several leading
    biennials and international exhibitions, including documenta 11, 7th
    Gwangju Biennale, South Korea, and in December 2013 he was appointed as
    director of the Visual Arts Sector of the 56th Biennale di Venezia.

The four finalists from 14 long-listed artists were nominated by a group
of leading Canadian and international experts in photography (curators,
academics and artists). The nominators selected one photographer from
their home countries or regions of expertise and one internationally.

This year’s nominators include:

  • Veronica Cordeiro, curator, Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Tamar Garb, Durning Lawrence Professor in the History of Art, University
    College, London, U.K.
  • Moyra Davey, artist and and nominee for the 2010 Aimia | AGO Photography
    Prize (then called the Grange Prize)
  • Marie-Josée Jean, director, VOX Contemporary Image Centre, Montreal
  • Mami Kataoka, chief curator, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
  • Kim Simon, writer and curator, Gallery TPW, Toronto
  • Jonathan Shaughnessy, associate curator, Contemporary Art, National
    Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
  • Jon Davies, associate curator, Oakville Galleries
  • Grant Arnold, writer, educator and Audain Curator of British Columbia
    Art, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
  • Gauri Gill, photographer and winner of the 2011 Aimia | AGO Photography
    Prize (then called the Grange Prize)
  • Gary Dufour, adjunct associate professor, University of Western
    and former chief curator/deputy director, Art Gallery of
    Western Australia, Perth
  • Brian Sholis, associate curator of Photography at the Cincinnati Art
    Museum, Cincinnati
  • Beatrix Ruf, director/curator, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zurich

The 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize long list will be announced on April 16, 2014. For updates on the prize and additional information please visit and follow @AimiaAGOPrize on Twitter.

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vast body of Group of Seven and signature Canadian works to the African
art gallery, from the cutting-edge contemporary art to Peter Paul
masterpiece The Massacre of The Innocents, the AGO offers an incredible art experience with each visit. In 2002
Kenneth Thomson’s generous gift of 2,000 remarkable works of Canadian
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city block, and the often-photographed spiral staircase, beckoning
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The Art Gallery of Ontario is funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of
Tourism, Culture and Sport. Additional operating support is received
from the City of Toronto, the Canada Council for the Arts and generous
contributions from AGO members, donors and private-sector partners.

The AGO acknowledges the generous support of Aimia, Signature Partner of the Photography Collection Program.




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