Birthe Piontek, Holding, 2015, from Abendlied. Courtesy of the artist.
2018 Burtynsky Grant awarded to Birthe Piontek for Abendlied
Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and CONTACT established the Burtynsky Grant in 2016—a $5,000 annual grant to support Canadian artists and photographers who are at the advanced stages of developing a photobook for publication.
The jury—Edward Burtynsky, Taia Kwinter (Associate Managing Editor, Aperture), Maxine Proctor (Managing Editor, BlackFlash; director and co-founder, Toronto Art Book Fair) and Marcus Schubert (Director of Media, Publications & Exhibits, Burtynsky Studios)—considered many innovative and compelling book projects from across Canada.
“Birthe Piontek’s Abendlied examines how individual relationships in a family are shaped by the processes of growing up, aging, and eventually letting go. Piontek’s well-resolved book project sequences images of her family members interacting with textiles, household objects, and each other to weave a cohesive yet curious narrative about identity and belonging.” – The Jury
The jury would also like to acknowledge two Honourable Mentions for their strong submissions:
Eve Tagny, Lost Love
Ian Willms, We Shall See
2017 - The Broadbent Sisters, A Telepathic Book
2016 - Aaron Friend Lettner, Doorways