It’s the 21st year of the prize, and this year the shortlisted projects by Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter, and Luke Willis Thompson all “reflect a shared concern with the production and manipulation of knowledge and systems of representation through visual formats”, say the organisers of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018.
“I am not discovering hot water,” Asselin told bjp-online in an interview published earlier this year. “Extensive research has already been done on this corporation. [But] when I learnt about the Monsanto House of the Future in Disneyland, in California [an attraction at the theme park from 1957-67], I resolved to show the difference between propaganda and reality. For five years I have been searching for memorabilia related to Monsanto and collecting material for the project.”
Working with Reynolds, Thompson created a “sister-image” to Reynolds’ original broadcast, hoping to break with what had become a well-known image of her caught in a moment of violence, which was distributed within the 24/7 news cycle. In doing so, he hoped “to question of the agency of Reynolds’ recording within, outside of, and beyond the conditions of predetermined racial power structures”, state the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize organisers.
Exhibitions by all four shortlisted artists will go on show at The Photographers’ Gallery, London from 23 February-03 June 2018, with the winner announced on 17 May. The exhibition will then tour to the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, as part of the photo triennal RAY 2018. The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is open to living photographers of any nationality, for a specific body of work in an exhibition or publication format in Europe which is felt to have significantly contributed to the medium of photography from September-September the preceding year. The prize comes with a £30,000 award.