2020 was a year of many changes due to the pandemic. Despite the many challenges faced around the world, we were grateful to have been able to receive many applications from artists eager to participate in the award. The Judging process each year has become more and more difficult and we were very pleased to have received an array of entries of very high levels this year. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Jurors for their valuable time and efforts in their participation. Above all, we were greatly encouraged by the continued enthusiasm in our studio’s works and growing interest in the collotype process. We would like to extend our sincere and deep gratitude for everyone’s continued support.
This year’s Grand Prize Winner Maude Arsenault initiates her as the 7th award winner since the inaugural edition in 2014. Alongside Maude Arsenault, we were also honoured to award 14 finalists with the Juror’s Choice Award, Honourable Mentions and the Benrido Award which replaces the previously titled Master Printer’s Choice Award. We are very grateful that the award continues to garner such wide interest and we hope that it continues to inspire and encourage individuals to create new possibilities of expressions through collotype.
— Takumi Suzuki CEO of Benrido, Inc.
Art Historian and Art Theorist, Head Curator of the C/O Berlin Foundation
Interestingly enough, the Hariban Award 2020 covers an incredible range: from documentary narrative approaches to conceptually systematic sequences and sociocritical questions about historical, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The focus on b/w photography underscores a mode of perception that seems to have been lost in our everyday life: colour dominates the world, black and white is hardly used anymore. And so this different colour space of grey tones, black and white creates a completely new calm to deal with questions about the nature of the medium. The quality of the submissions surprised me with a view from Germany. Many works pursue new perspectives on the medium, analyze it medially, question it as an image medium or place above the examination of photography: What do we actually see? Which world is constructed through photography? And what role does the viewer play in this? No other medium is able to formulate the everyday visual culture with such a profound examination of society in this way. I am very happy to have been part of this jury.
Felix Hoffmann is an art historian and art theorist, and is currently Head Curator of the C/O Berlin Foundation, where he is responsible for exhibitions, programmes and strategy. With passion, curiosity, and a talent for improvisation he has brought C/O Berlin from being an idealistic project to an internationally renowned institution characterised by his idea that photography and moving pictures will become the dominating medium of the existing visual strategies. He is the initiator of C/O Berlin’s Talents program for young photographers and art critics, and has acted as curator of numerous international exhibitions including Nan Goldin (2009), Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Lindbergh (2011), Gordon Parks (2014) or Araki (2018), and group shows like The Last Image. Photography and Death (2019) or The Uncanny Familiar – Images of Terror (2011). He has also published numerous books and texts.
Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York
There were many extraordinary candidates for the Hariban Award competition this year. The submitted work ranged from sensitive portraits to constructed still lives to landscapes that demonstrated keen concern for the environment. There were tight bodies of work that engaged with highly precise topics and other projects that covered vast, wide-ranging themes. Singling out specific proposals was particularly challenging, given the diversity of approaches. And in so many cases, I could envision the possibilities that working with Benrido might afford these artists. I am heartened by the idea that even in this uncertain time, artists will benefit from the opportunities for exploration generated by this award. Even those whose work was not in the end selected have no doubt impacted their art practices just in the act of applying, as they were prompted to imagine how such a unique prize might expand their art-making.
Lucy Gallun is Associate Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has curated or co-curated multiple exhibitions for the Museum including Being: New Photography 2018; Projects 108: Gauri Gill (at MoMA PS1); Unfinished Conversations: New Work from the Collection; Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency; Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015; Soldier, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War; and Art on Camera: Photographs by Shunk- Kender, 1960–1971; and collaborated on many others. Lucy is also co-editor of Photography at MoMA, a three- volume history of photography at the Museum. Prior to joining the Department of Photography at MoMA, Lucy was the Whitney Lauder Curatorial Fellow at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in Philadelphia, and she was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program (ISP).
Director of Photography of FT Weekend Magazine
The Hariban Award offers a unique experience; a collaboration between contemporary artist and artisan printer, drawing on a 160-year history of an analogue printing technique. It was wonderful to review the submissions in 2020, to imagine the creative process, with this in mind. I would like to thank the artists and Benrido for inviting me to share this experience. I wait, eager to see the results.
Emma Bowkett is Director of Photography at the FT Weekend Magazine. She has curated exhibitions for the Triennale der Photographie Hamburg, Peckham 24 and in 2019 curated an exhibition with young Londoners as part of the Create Jobs programme. Emma is a university Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication (LCC), and regularly participates at international workshops, portfolio reviews, festivals, art fairs and awards. She is part of Magnum Photos Professional Practice, which supports young and emerging photographers. She won the inaugural Firecracker Contributors Award, which recognises women who have had a substantial impact on the photography industry, voted for by industry professionals. Emma is the co-curator for a Financial Times special supplement and day of events as part of Photo London. Emma has a Masters degree in Image and Communication from Goldsmiths University London.
Professor of Academy of Arts & Design-Tsinghua University, Designer & Artist
Looking at the applications this year, I found that there was a great array of artworks from across the world in many different themes and formats. Each of them had their own characteristics in their visual language. The Hariban Award is a professional award that has a high international participation and is very high in quantity and quality.
Dr. Ma has been constantly committed to exploring the possibility of spatial narrative and transboundary design; he has more than 30 years of design education experience. He published books, for example Urban Visual Reconstruction, articles and papers related to visual design in urban space. He has carried out a large number of practical activities and research related to urban space visual design, and used his theoretical research results to successfully complete many cities’ construction including Chongqing Monument for Liberation space and visual design, Blue Harbor brand space design.
Hariban Award 2020