Stan Douglas, Kung-Fu Fighting, 1975, 2012, digital C-print mounted on Dibond, Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York, London, and Victoria Miro, London
Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA) is the largest annual peer-reviewed award in Canadian contemporary photography. The award recognizes the work of an exceptional Canadian photo-based artist and aims to launch them to the next level of their career. The jury is chaired by internationally renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky. The shortlisted artists for 2014 are: Rodney Graham, Mark Ruwedel and Donald Weber.
The winner for 2014 is Mark Ruwedel. As the 2014 SPA recipient, Ruwedel joins a distinguished group of artists that includes Stan Douglas, Lynne Cohen and Arnaud Maggs, contemporaries honoured with the Scotiabank Photography Award in years past.
Congratulations to Mark Ruwedel!
Ruwedel has developed a distinct approach to image-making that draws upon his extensive knowledge of the history of photography and a keen awareness of the debates on the nature of representation associated with the emergence of Conceptual Art in the late 20th century.
Scotiabank Photography Award Winner
May 1 - June 1, 2014
Guest Curated by Robert Bean
Ryerson Image Centre
Douglas has created films, photographs, and installations that reexamine particular locations or past events. His works often take their points of departure in local settings, from which broader issues can be identified. He works with popular media: photography, film, storytelling, public spectacle, and soon, mobile apps. With his artwork, Stan invents, influences and redefines the cultural understanding and reception of art.
The Scotiabank Photography Award consists of five components:
A cash prize of $50,000 to the winner
A book published and distributed world-wide by the internationally-renowned;art photography publisher Steidl (Germany) and overseen by Ed Burtynsky
A curated exhibition during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival at the Ryerson Research Centre
$5000 cash prizes to each of the two shortlisted artists
$1500 honorarium to the nominator of the winning artists for a written statement in the publication
The award was founded by Edward Burtynsky, internationally-renowned Canadian photo artist and Chair of SPA, with Jane Nokes, Director of the Scotiabank Group’s Corporate Archives and Fine Art Collection and Executive Director of SPA on behalf of Scotiabank Group. Scotiabank Group Fine Art Collection was founded in 1976 and was one of Canada’s first banks to collect photo-based art.
The short list is announced every March in Toronto. The winner will be announced in May during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2014, along with the opening of the exhibition and the book launch for the previous year's winner.