Juried by Philip Brookman, Chief Curator and Head of Research, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC
"Whenever I make selections for a juried competition I begin with the understanding that my work is inherently subjective. It is not an impartial process but an attempt to find something new within that vast universe we call photography and art. I am trying to mine the works that have been submitted to find the core of an idea, something I have not seen before, some set of visual clues that will coalesce into a coherent whole. I look for an overarching theme, the kernel of an idea, and an enduring vision that will enable us to see and understand the world in a new way. Each of the sections I studied—professional, non-professional, and student portfolios and single images—for this project should give us a view of contemporary ideas in the context of their own world.
I found a number of common themes among the photographs I saw. There were images about people, politics, humanitarian concerns, war, the land, landscape, nature, people’s relationship to the land, and people’s feelings for each other, family, community, and memory. I am always interested in how art can help us remember the moment the present becomes past. We want to remember things as they once were, to hold on to our memories, and use them to address our future. Or maybe this results from our contemporary embrace of new technologies like digital photography and video, which allow us to reexamine our past (and how things change) in new and innovative ways. After all, we live in a technological age in which it is sometimes easier to connect globally and share images across great physical and cultural spaces than it is to communicate across a room. Consider the impact of mobile phones, Facebook, YouTube, and Flicker on how we make and share images, define our communities, and connect our lives with others.
What can we learn from the diverse content found in this selection? What I see is a group of artists who are keenly aware of their surroundings and who travel the world to learn and picture worlds outside their own. So the more we consider the place and context in which they work, the more information we have to help us understand their pictures. Artists today often use the tools of history, memory, archives, and traditional media to construct a new sense of their place. Just as we learn about the past from our own family photographs or heirlooms packed away in a shoebox, these artists create new work from both memories and recently established relationships.
It is most interesting to me that each work, in its own way, provides a subjective experience for the viewer—one rooted in the artist’s experience—which allows us to bring our own understanding to these images."
18,912 images were received from the following 65 countries Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Honk Kong, Hungary, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Quatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yugoslavia
Abstract Portfolio – First Prize: JOY GOLDKIND, USA
Abstract Portfolio Honorable Mention: TINA PSOINOS, USA
Alternative Processes Porfolio – First Prize: JOY GOLDKIND, USA
Alternative Processes Porfolio – Honorable Mention: TINA PSOINOS, USA