The Winner and Honorable Mentions

Prison Cell Door Spyhole. KGB Prison, Cesis, Latvia © Valentyn Odnoviun.
Prison Cell Door Spyhole. KGB Prison, Riga, Latvia © Valentyn Odnoviun.
Prison Cell Door Spyhole. KGB Prison, Tallinn, Estonia © Valentyn Odnoviun.

We are glad to announced the winner of the Photolux Award 2019:

The winner is:Valentyn Odnovium with “Surveillance“.
Nominator: Lydia Dorner, Curator: Musée de l’Elysée.

MOTIVATION: Based on a serial system and on a rigorous and controlled conceptual structure, Surveillance by Valentyn Odnoviun reveals diverse and complementary levels of reading: an immediate, apparent, reference to astronomy photographs, one of the themes of the festival; a wide formal and chromatic variety of the single image; a profound political significance both in the choice of specific subjects – the walls of prisons of the former Soviet bloc – and in the ability to visualize the universal idea of power, control and surveillance.

The jury composed byTobia Bezzola (Museo d’arte della Svizzera Italiana),  Nanda van den Berg (Huis Marseille), Matteo Balduzzi (MUFOCO. Museo Fotografia Contemporanea),  awarded with a Honorable Mention  the following project:

Mohamed Keita ‘La Renaissance
Nominator: Cristiana Perrella, Direttore: Centro Pecci

MOTIVATION: La Renaissance by Mohammed Keita uses a simple and straightforward photography, without any formal excess and the theory-indulgent vibe of so much of contemporary research, with a strong autobiographical reference. The immediacy of the shot and the great compositional effectiveness of the images position the work within the everyday practices of photography, in the most contemporary sense, that is the flow of images loaded onto instagram, summarizing many of its aesthetic values.

Drew Nikonowicz ‘This World and Others Like It’
Nominator: Hinde Haest, Curator: FOAM.

MOTIVATION: In  This World and Others Like It the author moves with extreme freedom among the genres and techniques of photography, producing a coherent visual research, with a dry black and white colouring and an impeccable formal structure. In the realization of the impossibility of any division between real and virtual in contemporary society, the research of Drew Nikonowicz investigates at the same time the notion of landscape and topography, the analog and digital technologies of vision, the continuous evolution of the concepts of representation and perception.


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