“Romain Mader’s Ekatarina is notable for the humour and irony with which he addresses serious issues: solitude, love, exploitation and the female body,” said the jury for the Foam Paul Huf Award. “In this Chinese box of a project, each layer opens to reveal a new interpretive possibility. What is real here, and what is fiction?
“In the invented Ukrainian town of Ekaterina, mysteriously populated only by women, Mader – or the character he plays – looks for love. Unremarkable in appearance, he spends time with aspiring models and beauty queen hopefuls, frozen behind their smiles.”
The members of the 2017 jury were: Lucy Conticello, chair (director of photography, M, Le Magazine du Monde, France); Gregory Barker (publisher, STANLEY/BARKER, UK); Teju Cole (writer, photographer and photo critic, The New York Times Magazine, USA); Shi Hantao (research director, Shanghai Project, China); Maddalena Scarzella (gallery manager, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Italy).
www.foam.org/talent/foam-paul-huf-award Romain Mader’s website is at https://stereotyp.es Ekaterina by Romain Mader is published by Morel Books morelbooks.com