Sydney-based artist, Nasim Nasr has been awarded the "People's Choice" Award for her extraordinary photographic work, "Forty Pages 5", included in the Finalists' exhibition for the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize held at the Monash Gallery of Art.
The work is from Nasim's series, "Forty Pages". As described in the artist's words:
Forty Pages contemplates personal or global history in the context of movement from one culture to another in the contemporary world, and refers to forty pages in a passport.
Each passport stamp, representing either the departure from or entering a country, is integral to one’s history of the difficulties of freedom of movement and disempowerment by country of birth and its life-boundaries. At every national border one is submissive and defenseless to officialdom. This is a potent control upon individual existence and independence, especially in the contemporary world of displacement and separation between East and West.
This gradual accumulation of stamps feels like layers upon my personal history, upon my passport photo, upon my face, its aggregation steadily evolving into an identity I no longer recognize, apart from the eyes—a transformation
Forty Pages presents my body as a site or platform for the compilation of these stamps of the last decade of my life, and therefore part of the history of the transience of my being.
About the artist
Nasim Nasr completed a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at the Art University of Tehran, Iran in 2006, and a Master of Visual Arts (Research), South Australian School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia, in 2011.
Since graduating, Nasim has developed a body of work that has been featured in various exhibitions, festivals and publications in Australia and internationally. Her photographic and video practice has sought to comment upon universal concerns in contemporary society, engaging and articulating notions of State and self-censorship and the transience of cultural and personal identity. Being interested in the concept of cultural relationships and their role in contemporary society, her practice has engaged themes of intercultural dialogue. Through the presentation of multiple channel video works, photography, performance, objects and sound these collective works have attempted to highlight the complexities within contemporary notions of interchangeable identities and cultural difference, as experienced between past and present cultures and homelands, West and East.
Currently a Finalist in The Bowness Photography Art Prize, Melbourne Nasim was also a finalist in the prestigious international 2017 Sovereign Asian Art Prize in Hong Kong; earlier this year. Previously, Nasim was a Finalist in the Blake Art Prize, at Casula Powerhouse in Sydney, (2016), and the Redlands Art Prize, National Art School Gallery, Sydney, (2015).
Nasim’s participation in important curated group exhibitions include Under the Sun: Reimagining Max Dupain’s Sunbaker, at the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (touring to Monash Art Gallery, Melbourne); and Sixth Sense, National Art School Gallery, National Art School, Sydney.
Her work has also been presented at Bazaar Art Jakarta (2017), Art Dubai, (2015 & 2016); and Art Stage Singapore (2013 & 2014)
Her work is represented in many collections including the Parliament House Art Collection, Canberra; Artbank, Sydney; and private collections in Australia, Germany, USA, Singapore, Qatar and the UAE.
Catherine Asquith Art is delighted to present this exceptional artwork, “Forty Pages 5” (image above) by Nasim Nasr for sale. For details regarding the artwork including price please email or phone 0422 753 696.
Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia's most coveted photography prize. It is also one of the country's most open prizes for photography. In the past, finalists have included established and emerging photographers, art and commercial photographers. All film-based and digital work from amateurs and professionals is accepted. There are no thematic restrictions.
The 2017 judging panel: architect, art patron and academic, Corbett Lyon, artist and educator Dr Susan Fereday, and MGA Senior Curator Stephen Zagala.
For the past 29 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known.
Founded by Doug & Greta Moran and family in 1988, the DMNPP is an annual Australian portrait prize supporting Australian artists and the wider arts community by holding the free annual Moran Prizes exhibition, now at Juniper Hall Paddington, displaying the top 30 works selected by nominated judges each year.
Currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), the Prize is an important part of Australia's Arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
Winner announced on the 18th October 2017.
The 2016 Geelong contemporary art prize (formerly, The Fletcher Jones Prize), is a biennial acquisitive award of $30,000, for contemporary painting. The award has become something of a “signature event”, which ultimately, assists with the development of the Geelong Gallery’s collection whist at the same time, highlighting Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.
On average the prizes elicits approximately 500 entries. For this year’s award, the shortlist features 33 works by Penelope Aitken, Robert Andrew, Xiao Bai, Kate Beynon, Warren Breninger, Hector Burton, Deidre But-Husaim, Magda Cebokli, Trevelyan Clay, Jonathan Crowther, Marieke Dench, Shaun Gladwell, Julia Gorman, Michael Gromm, Marie Hagerty, Peter Hill, Naomi Hobson, David Jolly, Col Jordan, Ash Keating, Chris Langlois, Donna Lougher, Viv Miller, Jennifer Mills, Jan Murray, John Nixon, Rosslynd Piggott, Adam Pyett, Sally Ross, Brad Rusbridge, Huseyin Sami, Kate Tucker and Jurek Wybraniec.
The selection panel for the 2016 Geelong contemporary art prize includes guest judge, Victoria Lynn (Director, Tarrawarra Museum of Modern Art) along with Jason Smith (Director, Geelong Gallery) and Lisa Sullivan (Curator, Geelong Gallery).
Exhibition: 10 September to 13 November 2016
Founded in 1983, the MAMA Art Foundation National Photography Prize is a biennial acquisitive awards and exhibition, showcasing the best in contemporary Australian photography.
Since 1999 the MAMA Art Foundation has sponsored the Award, providing artists with an avenue to exhibit their work and the opportunity to enter into an ever-growing collection of contemporary Australian photography.
To celebrate the growing interest in photography, MAMA (Murray Art Museum Albury), through the MAMA Art Foundation now offers a major acquisitive cash prize pool of $50,000 which includes the $3,000 John & Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship for an emerging artist.
More than 100 works by 65 established and emerging photographers, which tackle the themes of Narrative, Object, Landscape, Portrait, Documentary and Construct will be on show, and available for acquisition throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Since the award's inception, more than 90 works have been acquired by MAMA, enhancing the museum's superb collection of more than 1000 photographic works.
The MAMA National Photographic Prize exhibition continues until 7 August 2016.
The Archibald Prize is awarded annually to the best portrait, 'preferentially of some man or woman distinguished in art, letters, science or politics, and painted by any artist resident in Australasia’.
This open competition is judged by the trustees of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Finalists are displayed in an exhibition at the Gallery (although in the early years all entrants were hung). Although it is a non-acquisitive prize, several of the entries are now part of the Gallery’s collection.
The Archibald Prize was first awarded in 1921. In establishing the prize, JF Archibald’s aim was to foster portraiture as well as support artists and perpetuate the memory of great Australians. Over the years some of Australia’s most prominent artists have entered and the subjects have been equally celebrated in their fields.
The Archibald Prize, from its outset, has aroused controversy, while chronicling the changing face of Australian society. Numerous legal battles and much debate have focused on the evolving definitions of portraiture.
First awarded in 1921, the Archibald quickly became a prize eagerly sought by artists, not only because of the money it offered and the publicity and public exposure it generated, but because it also gave portrait artists an opportunity to have their work shown in a major gallery. Previously, portraitists had been largely restricted to public or private commissions. These Archibald exhibitions allowed their artwork to be viewed as a serious art form.
Entries in the Archibald Prize are also eligible for the following prizes.
Packing Room Prize
First awarded in 1991 and chosen by the Gallery staff who receive, unpack and hang the entries, with 51 per cent of the vote going to the Gallery’s storeman, Steve Peters
First awarded in 1988 and voted for by the public visiting the Archibald exhibition
Winner announced: July 15
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery presents the 2016 National Works on Paper Award. Sixty-six finalists from around Australia have been shortlisted from close to 1,000 entries for the $50,000 National Works on Paper acquisitions and awards. The exhibition showcases recent works by artists working in the field of drawing, printmaking, digital prints and paper sculpture.
Shortlisted artists include:
Belinda ALLEN, Tony AMENEIRO, Raymond ARNOLD, Lyn ASHBY, Gunjan AYLAWADI, Elizabeth BANFIELD, Deborah June BEAUMONT, Damiano BERTOLI, Sue BEYER, Kate BEYNON, Damian BROOMHEAD, Kathryn CAMM, Susanna CASTLEDEN, Angela CAVALIERI, Neilton CLARKE, Ray COFFEY, Matt COYLE, David FAIRBAIRN, Yanni FLOROS, Dianne FOGWELL, David FRAZER, Sam GOLDING, Jackie GORRING, Gracia HABY & Louise JENNISON, Marie HAGERTY, Robert HAGUE, Rew HANKS, Katherine HATTAM, Mark HILTON, Mark HISLOP, Judy HOLDING, Ben HOLGATE, Jake HOLMES, Eamonn JACKSON, Claude JONES, Deborah KELLY, Gladdy KEMARRE, Pauletta KERINAUIA, Martin KING, Heather KOOWOOTHA (JUNGARRA), Josie KUNOTH PETYARRE, John LOANE & Sangeeta SANDRASEGAR, Glen MACKIE (KEI KALAK), Lily Mae MARTIN, Penny MASON, Roy McIVOR, Fiona McMONAGLE, Jennifer MILLS, Glenn MORGAN, Joanne MORRIS, Andy MULLENS, Peter MUNGKURI, Janice MURRAY, Becc ORSZÁG. Daniel O’SHANE, Jim PAVLIDIS, Tom POLO, Peter ROBERTSON, Brian ROBINSON, Jonas ROPPONEN, Heather SHIMMEN, Andrew SOUTHALL, Colin STEVENS, TEXTAQUEEN, Tricky WALSH, Zilverster (GOODWIN & HANENBERGH)
The winner of the 2016 National Works on Paper will be announced at the opening on Saturday 16 July.
The judges for this year’s award are Kirsty Grant, Director & CEO of Heide Museum of Modern Art; Roger Butler, Senior Curator, Australian Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Australia and Jane Alexander, Director Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery.
About Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Since its establishment in 1971, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery (MPRG) has grown to become one of Australia’s leading regional galleries, renowned for its exhibition program of Australian and international art.
MPRG-curated exhibitions often explore the distinctive coastal environment and feature works by Australian artists with a connection to the Mornington Peninsula. The Gallery also showcases its outstanding collection, which focuses on the cultural heritage of the Mornington Peninsula and contemporary Australian works on paper.
Exhibition opens: 4pm-6pm, Saturday 16 July 2016
Exhibition closes: 11 September 2016
Geelong Gallery has announced today that that 42 works by 44 leading and emerging Australian artists have been shortlisted for the 2015 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards.
Showcasing the best of contemporary Australian printmaking practice, the acquisitive awards and biennial exhibition will feature works by Rosalind Atkins, Susan Baran, Alexis Beckett, Deidre Brollo, Peter Burgess, Jon Campbell, Sophie Cape, Julie Davies & Alex Rizkalla, Mark Dustin, Lesley Duxbury, David Frazer, Mini Graff, Rona Green, Andrew Gunnell, Gracia Haby & Louise Jennison, Robert Hague, Katherine Hattam, Peter Hill, Anita Iacovella, Locust Jones, William Kelly, Martin King, Timothy Maguire, Marion Manifold, Nonggirrnga Marawili, Daniel Moynihan, Graeme Peebles, Stieg Persson, Ben Rak, Martin Rek, Geoffrey Ricardo, Brian Robinson, John Ryrie, Olga Sankey, Ken Smith, Colin Vickery, Wayne Viney, Judy Watson, Peter Ward, Darren Wardle, Stephen Wickham and Joel Wolter.
The exhibition of selected prints will be held at the Geelong Gallery from 22 August to 22 November 2015, from which acquisitions totalling $9,500 will be made including:
— the Geelong acquisitive print award of $5,000
— the Ursula Hoff Institute award of $1,500
— additional acquisitions up to $3,000.
The prize-winning prints and additional acquisitions will be announced at the official opening of the exhibition on Friday 21 August (by invitation).
Selected from hundreds of entries from around Australia, the 42 shortlisted works for the 2015 Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards reveal the technical and thematic diversity of contemporary printmaking practice. This year’s exhibition will include works by some of the nation’s most talented established and younger generation artists along with a number of artists from the Geelong region.
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