Bowness Photography Prize

Narelle Autio and Janet Laurence announced as FINALISTS in the 2022 Bowness Photography Prize

Congratulations to Narelle Autio and Janet Laurence who have been selected as finalists in the 2022 Bowness Photography Prize!

Over the last 16 years, the Bowness Photography Prize has emerged as an important annual survey of contemporary photographic practice in Australia and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country. The winning work will be awarded $30,000 and will be acquired into Monash Gallery of Art’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs.

This prize will be announced on Thursday 6th of October. The exhibition will be on display from 29 September to 13 November at the Monash Gallery of Art.

Janet Laurence, Ice has a memory, and the memory is blue, 2022, from the series ‘Ice has a memory and the memory is blue’, Antarctica, 2022, chromogenic print, 120 x 180 cm
Narelle Autio, Life Less, 2022, from the series ‘Trashed’, pigment ink-jet print, 100 x 148 cm

Justine Varga announced as finalist in Bowness Photography Prize

Congratulations to Justine Varga who has been selected as a finalist in the 2021 Bowness Photography Prize for her chromogenic photographic work Shiaparelli. This work will be featured as part of Justine Varga’s upcoming exhibition ‘Masque’ to be presented at Hugo Michell Gallery in November 2021. 

About the work, Varga says:

“When we look at photographs, we are generally asked to view them as a window onto another place and time. Echoing a famously shocking hue, Schiaparelli ruptures this convention by asking the viewer to simultaneously look through and at its photographicness, and from its centre to its edge. The matrix from which this photograph is derived is a negative on which I have inscribed saliva, urine, bath water, ink and paint, mingled materials of genealogical and historical remembering. This photograph also deliberately draws our attention to its margins, an area of the photograph created during the printing process itself. Refusing to give up any easy meaning, Schiaparelli stages an encounter with the viewer, an experience as much as a document.”

Over the last 16 years, the Bowness Photography Prize has emerged as an important annual survey of contemporary photographic practice in Australia and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country. The winning work will be awarded $30,000 and will be acquired into Monash Gallery of Art’s nationally significant collection of Australian photographs.

The exhibition will be on display from Thursday 9th of September until 7th November at the Monash Gallery of Art.

 

Justine Varga, Finalist in the 2015 Bowness Photography Prize

Congratulations to Justine Varga, who has been announced as a finalist in the 2015 Bowness Photography Prize! Now in its 10th year, the non-acquisitive prize was established to promote excellence in Australian Contemporary photography. The finalists will be exhibited at the Monash Gallery of Art, open from 25 September with an official launch on 1 October, when the winner will be announced.

For more details, visit www.mga.org.

Justine Varga, Enter, 2015, from Accumulate, type C hand print, 123.5 x 98.5 cm, ed. of 5.

Image: Justine Varga, Enter, 2015, from Accumulate, type C hand print, 123.5 x 98.5 cm, ed. of 5.