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2013 Shortlist

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Jessica Eaton, cfaal 311, 2013,, archival pigment print, 40" x 50".

Jessica Eaton

Jessica Eaton's photographs dissect chemical and optical phenomena, the materiality of film, and the language of light itself. Eaton came to international acclaim through her Cubes for Albers and LeWitt (commonly referred to by the acronym cfaal)–a series of vibrant photographs that deconstruct her studio practice. Like the majority of Eaton's works, these optically charged images are made by taking multiple in-camera exposures of common studio supplies. Through her abundant use of traditional analog photography practices—such as colour-separation filtering and in-camera masking—Eaton imbues her large-format images with an aesthetic more reminiscent of the paintings and drawings of hard-edge geometric abstraction than the photographs of traditional studio work. Jessica Eaton received a BFA from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design in 2006. She has shown across Canada and internationally, including at Presentation House Gallery, Foam Fotographiemuseum, the Quebec Triennial and the Daegu Photo Biennale.

Em'kal Eyongakpa

Em'kal Eyongakpa was born in 1981 and lives and works in Cameroon. After a post-graduate diploma in Botany & Ecology, he began to concentrate exclusively on visual and sound art. An interdisciplinary artist with a focus on experimental aspects of photography, video, sound, and performance, his poetic, surrealistic imagery highlights the tension between the individual and mass culture.

Regina Jose Galindo, Caparazon

Regina Jose Galindo

Regina José Galindo (b. 1974) was born in Guatemala City. Her works explore the universal ethical implications of social injustices, racial and gender-related discriminations and abuses – often focussing on the present and historical conditions of women and indigenous people of Guatemala.She was shown in solo and group shows around the globe and she has participated to various biennials, among which the XV Biennale Donna, Ferrara (Italy), the 17th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Habana Biennale (2009), Valencia Biennale, (Spain, 2007), III Bienale of Tirana (Albania,2005), Venice Biennale (2001, 2005, 2007 and 2009) and the III Bienal in Lima (2002, Peru). In 2011 she won the Principe Claus award and the Grand Prize Award. In 2005 she was awarded the Golden Lion for young artists at the 51st Venice Biennal.

Ron Jude

Ron Jude was born in Los Angeles in 1965, grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and currently lives in upstate New York. His photographs have been exhibited at venues such as Gallery Luisotti (Santa Monica), the Photographers' Gallery (London), the High Museum of Art (Atlanta), Proekt_Fabrika (Moscow) and Roth/Horowitz Gallery (New York), among others. His work is in numerous collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Georgia Museum of Contemporary Art in Atlanta. Jude is the co-founder of A-Jump Books and the author of Alpine Star, Postcards, Other Nature and Emmett. His new book, Lick Creek Line, was published by MACK in April of 2012. Libraryman (Stockholm) published a limited run book version of the Executive Model project in January of 2013. An extensive overview of the three Idaho projects (Alpine Star, emmett and Lick Creek Line) will be exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago in a three-person show entitled Backstory in late 2013. Jude is represented by Gallery Luisotti in Santa Monica.

Hua standing by the Yangtze River, Chongqing, 2008 © Tomoko Kikuchi

Tomoko Kikuchi

Tomoko Kikuchi is a Japanese photographer who spent eight years photographing drag queens in China. Despite the restrictive social atmosphere in China, Kikuchi says that her subjects, born during the late '80s, have experienced a type of freedom that previous generations have been denied. The warm and almost cinematic portraits show a a possible change in attitudes concerning the gay and lesbian populations in China. Kikuchi herself says "compared to the older generation, these young queens found it easy to overcome gender and transcend preconceived ideas concerning sex.. They do not hesitate to go out in women's clothing, they refuse to hide their sexuality from their parents and can be said to be the first generation to display their identity openly".

Emanuel Licha, War Tourist in Chiapas, digital colour print, 2005, 66 x 66 cm.

Emanuel Licha

Emanuel Licha's work in installation, film, video and photography focuses on the representation of conflicts and on architecture, leading to a reading of the features of the urban landscape as so many social, historical, and political signs. His recent projects investigate the means by which traumatic and violent events are being looked at. Recent solo shows include: Striking a Pose, Musée régional de rimouski; why Photogenic?, SBC Gallery, Montreal; War Tourist, LOOP 09, Barcelona; R for Real, galerie Cortex Athletico, Bordeaux; Une autre fête au même instant brille dans Paris, Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris; Agnes & Bruce, Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, México; Nothing Less, Nothing More, Just Transformed, Careof, Milan; In & Out, Galerie B-312, Montreal and YYZ, Toronto; Honeymoon in Kosovo, Institute for Contemporary Art, Pristina. His work has also been exhibited at: NGBK, Berlin; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; Parsons The New School for Design, New York; Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; Israeli Center for Digital Art, Holon; MACBA, Barcelona; Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan; Frac Franche-Comté, Besançon; HartWare MedienKunstverein, Dortmund; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck; Tirana Biennial; Steirischer Herbst, Graz; Sarajevo Centre for Contemporary Art; Stiftung Binz39, Zürich; Montreal Biennial; Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris. His work is part of various private and public collections, including: MACBA (Museu d'art contemporani de Barcelona); Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal; Fnac (Fonds national d'art contemporain), Paris; Frac Franche-Comté; University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum.

Abraham Oghobase

Abraham Onoriode Oghobase was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1979. He studied at the renowned Yaba College of Technology - School of Art, Design and Printing, majoring in photography. He also understudied Deji Ajose, a painter and a photographer, as well as the award-winning photographer and sculptor, Uche James Iroha. A quest for the purpose of existence has led Oghobase to a unique form of art, as he explores issues relating to human emotions such as loneliness, hope, anxiety, enthusiasm and fear, using himself as material for his recent body of work. His photography has been exhibited in his home country of Nigeria and across Africa and Europe.

Efrat Shvily, S-93-3, from the New Homes in Israel and the Occupied Territories (1992-1998) series, 1993.

Efrat Shvily

Efrat Shvily was born in Jerusalem in 1955 and studied political science at Bar-Ilan University in Israel and at Oxford University in England. Shvily's interest in political issues directly influences her work. After living abroad in Italy, Great Britain, and the US, Shvily returned to Israel in 1989 to find that a number of new settlements were built in her absence. With this new wave of building, she began photographing structures, a subject matter that has dominated her work. Shvily's politically charged photographs of deserted buildings speak to the complex relationship between Israelis and the land. Shvily does not provide a caption, making it unclear to the viewer if the building has been abandoned, is new construction, or is currently occupied. Her work includes two series that she presented at Witte de With in 2003, called New Homes in Israel and the Occupied Territories and Palestinian Cabinet Ministers. She also exhibited at the 50th International Venice Biennial and the 8th International Istanbul Biennial that same year.

Dan Siney

Based in British Columbia, Canada, Siney uses 35mm photographs to explore the affective dimension of images, and photography's relationship to representation. Recently, his practice has evolved to include photo-collage and image manipulation through both analogue and digital techniques.

Lucie Stahl

Lucie Stahl lives and works in Vienna. She is represented by the Dépendance gallery in Brussels and Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna. Her work has been featured in solo shows at the Kunstverein Nürnberg (2009), the Dépendance gallery in Brussels (2005 and 2008), the Michael Neff gallery in Frankfurt (2007), and at the Flaca in London (2005). She has also participated in exhibitions at the Temporary Gallery Cologne (2009), the Croy Nielsen gallery in Berlin (2008), and at kjubh in Cologne (2004). Alongside her work as an artist, Lucie Stahl also manages the Pro Choice gallery space in Vienna in conjunction with Will Benedict.