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Stan Douglas Wins the 2016 Hasselblad Foundation International Photography Award

Stan Douglas, A Luta Continua, 1974, 2012. COURTESY DAVID ZWIRNER

Stan Douglas, A Luta Continua, 1974, 2012.


The Hasselblad Foundation announced today that Canadian artist Stan Douglas has been awarded the 2016 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. As part of his prize, Douglas will receive 1,000,000 Swedish krona (about $118,000).

The award will be bestowed in Gothenburg, Sweden, on October 17, with an exhibition of Douglas’s work opening at the Hasselblad Center the day after. (Douglas also has a forthcoming show opening at David Zwirner in New York later this month, titled “The Secret Agent.”) The foundation will also host a symposium the day of the opening, featuring Douglas, and a new book on the artist’s work, published by MACK, will be released.

The jury that selected Douglas was comprised of Roxana Marcoci, senior curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Elvira Dyangani Ose, freelance curator and lector of visual cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London; Florian Ebner, head of photography at Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany; Duncan Forbes, co-curator and director at Fotomuseum Winterthur in Winterthur, Switzerland; and Clare Grafik, head of exhibitions at Photographers’ Gallery in London.

In a statement, Marcoci, the chair of the selection committee, said,

“Douglas’s engagement with the histories of still and moving images, sociological approach to staged and performative work, and critical attention to the apparatus of photography—in terms of historic styles, processes and vintage equipment, and the most sophisticated digital languages of contemporary technology—are transformational.”

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