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News / April 16, 2014

Six Canadian Artists Up for $50K Aimia | AGO Photo Prize

<em>Untitled</em> (2013) by Robyn Cumming, one of the six Canadian artists longlisted for the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize. Untitled (2013) by Robyn Cumming, one of the six Canadian artists longlisted for the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize.

Six Canadians have been longlisted for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, a Toronto-based $50,000 award voted on by the public.

In total, 23 artists from six continents are represented in the longlist.

The six Canadians longlisted are Raymond Boisjoly, Robyn Cumming, Chris Curreri, David Hartt, Jean-Paul Kelly, and Owen Kydd(Curreri and Kelly were also longlisted this week for the Sobey Art Award.)

The other 17 artists longlisted are Takashi Arai and Meiro Koizumi of Japan; Talia Chetrit, Lucas Foglia and Lisa Oppenheim of the U.S.; Sabelo Mlangeni and Nandipha Mntambo of South Africa; Rodrigo Braga of Brazil; Elina Brotherus of Finland; Pradeep Dalal of India; Elad Lassry of Israel; Angelica Mesiti of Australia; Anna Ostoya of Poland; Birthe Piontek of Germany; Martin Weber of Chile; and the duo Andrea Robbins and Max Becher of the U.S. and Germany.

The longlist was created by group of 13 curators, artists and scholars who each nominated two artists for the prize—one from their home countries or regions of expertise and one internationally.

A jury of three experts—headed by Sophie Hackett, associate curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario and including Nigerian-born curator, writer and scholar Okwui Enwezor (who is curating the 2015 Venice Biennale) and American artist Laurie Simmons—will select a shortlist of four artists, including at least one Canadian artist, to be announced on August 13. Online voting for the prize will begin on that date.

The shortlisted artists will receive a six-week residency in Canada and their work will be exhibited at the AGO beginning September 3. The winner will be announced on October 29.

Leah Sandals

Leah Sandals is a writer and editor based in Toronto. Her arts journalism has appeared in the Toronto Star, National Post and Globe and Mail, among other publications, and her creative work has been published in Prism, Room and Freefall. She can be reached via