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News / July 18, 2013

14 Longlisted for $50,000 Aimia | AGO Photo Prize

Jessica Eaton <em>cfaal 254</em> 2012 Courtesy the artist/Jessica Bradley Gallery/Higher Pictures, New York/M+B, Los Angeles Jessica Eaton cfaal 254 2012 Courtesy the artist/Jessica Bradley Gallery/Higher Pictures, New York/M+B, Los Angeles

This morning, 14 artists were longlisted for the $50,000 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, formerly known as the Grange Prize.

The prize nominates Canadian and international artists for consideration, with the winner being decided by public vote during an exhibition online and at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Four Canadian artists were longlisted for the award: Jessica Eaton, Emanuel Licha, Erin Shirreff and Dan Siney.

Internationally, ten artists made the list: Edgardo Aragón of Mexico; Em’Kal Eyongakpa of Cameroon; LaToya Ruby Frazier and Ron Jude of the US; Regina José Galindo of Guatemala; Tomoko Kikuchi and Chino Otsuka of Japan; Abraham Oghobase of Nigeria; Efrat Shvily of Israel; and Lucie Stahl of Germany.

The longlist was determined by Canadian and international nominators, each of whom nominated two artists for the prize—one from their home countries or regions of expertise and one internationally.

The Canadian nominators were Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal curator Mark Lanctôt and Presentation House Gallery curator Helga Pakasaar. The international nominators were artist Yael Bartana, Guggenheim photo curator Jennifer Blessing, Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago curator Karen Irvine, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography chief curator Michiko Kasahara, Tate adjunct curator José Roca, and Centre for Contemporary Art Nigeria director Bisi Silva.

A shortlist announcement of four artists, including at least one Canadian, is expected in August, with voting due to begin August 27. (This is a change from the prior Grange Prize structure, in which every shortlist featured two Canadian artists and two artists from another country.) A winner will be announced November 7.

The caption for this article was corrected on July 18, 2013. The original caption erroneously suggested that Eaton is currently represented by Clint Roenisch. 

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