Deutsche Börse 2020 Nominee: Clare Strand

‘My work is rooted to the photographic, but can be produced through a number of different modes and processes to make comment on what I understand to be an awkward, yet ever curious and evolving medium.’

– Clare Strand

Clare Strand (b. 1973, UK) is nominated for the exhibition The Discrete Channel with Noise exhibited at PHotoESPAÑA, Madrid, Spain (5 – 21 June 2019).

Clare Strand works across different artistic disciplines, from photography and web-based programmes, to painting, kinetic machines and sculpture. Her practice is often concerned with methods of communication and the related failure, or the deliberate or accidental misinterpretation of information.

The Discrete Channel with Noise is inspired by George H. Eckhardt’s publication Electronic Television (1936) which offered an early study of how we might transmit images via telegraphic communication. Adopting this methodology as a way of exploring the process of transmission and reception, Strand (the information receiver), who was at a residency, hosted by the Centre Photographique d’Ile-de-France (CPIF) in Paris, asked her husband (the information transmitter) in the UK, to choose ten images from her archive of found photographs and transmit them to her by telephone using an agreed number code. A uniform grid of squares was applied to the original image with each square allocated a number between 1 and 10 related to a tone of grey.  Once received, Strand would use a large-scale version of the same grid to recreate the image by painting (using paint made to the same tonal range) onto paper.  The resulting recreation or representation of the original image manifests a personal struggle with the interpretation of information.

Ultimately, Strand’s project asks us to question how we receive and interpret visual information in the digital age.

The Prize

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is an annual award established by The Photographers’ Gallery, London, in 1997 and in partnership with the Deutsche Börse Group since 2005 to identify and support talent, excellence and innovation. In 2016 the prize was renamed to reflect its new position within the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, a specifically established non-profit organisation focused on the collecting, exhibiting and promoting of contemporary photography.

The 2020 winner will be announced on Monday 14 Sep 2020 via a special online ceremony.  Details of when and how to tune in will be released nearer the time.  Sign up to our newsletter or check our website for latest updates. 

The 2020 Jury

The members of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020 are Martin Barnes, Senior Curator, Photographs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, United Kingdom; Melanie Manchot, artist and photographer, based in London, United Kingdom; Joachim Naudts, Curator and Editor at FOMU Foto Museum in Antwerp, Belgium; Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation, Frankfurt a. M., Germany; and Brett Rogers, Director of The Photographers’ Gallery as the non-voting chair.