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$50,000 Grange Prize Finalists Announced

Photographers Marco Antonio Cruz from Mexico City, Lynne Cohen from Montreal, Federico Gama from Mexico City and Jin-me Yoon from Vancouver are the four finalists for the AGO’s $50,000 annual Grange Prize this year.


Lynne Cohen, Untitled, 1980’s. Image: fototapeta.art.pl

Lynne Cohen is represented by Olga Korper Gallery.

For more info on Lynne Cohen, please click HERE.

Federico Gama was born in Mexico City and has been a documentary photographer since 1988. He was won several awards including first prize in the 1st Puerto Rico Photography Biennale (1998); The National Cultural Photojournalism “Fernando Benitez” Award (1999) and Honorable mention in the 1st Photojournalism Biennale of the New Latin American Journalism Foundation in Colombia (2001).


An image by Federico Gama. Image: jornada.unam.mx

For more info on Federico Gama, please click HERE.

Marco Antonio Cruz was born in Puebla, Mexico and his influences include Hector Garcia and Nacho Lopez. Since 1979 he has been published as a photographer in major Mexican newspapers and LIFE magazine, and he has published two books: Cafetaleros (Imagenlatina, 1996), documenting the exploitation of coffee workers in Guatemala and Contra la pared (Grupo Desea, 1993).


Marco Antonio Cruz, Untitled (Holy Week Ceremony), 1985. Image: txstate.edu

For more on Marco Antonio Cruz, click HERE.


Jin-me Yoon, Fugitive (Unbidden) #2, 2004. Image: catrionajeffries.com

Jin-me Yoon is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery.

For more on Jin-me Yoon, click HERE.

A joint curatorial panel of experts selects the candidates from Canada and one other country. The committee has chosen Mexico to participate in the 2009 competition.

In addition to the prize, each candidate will participate in a residency at a local arts institution. International candidates for the award will be hosted by the AGO, while Canadian nominees will travel to Mexico. During their residencies the artists will explore a wide range of themes including Canada’s First Nations, Mexican immigration to Canada, uninhabited spaces and historic natural environments.

Last year, the inaugural Grange Prize was presented to Winnipeg artist (and VoCA favorite) Sarah Anne Johnson whose work will be featured in a solo exhibition at the AGO later this year.

Click HERE to vote for the artist you think should win.

The AGO will host a special exhibition of works by all the selected candidates from April 1 to June 26, while the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City will host its own exhibition between April 8 and May 24.

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