Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2024 

Fri 23 Feb 2024 - Sun 02 Jun 2024

Shortlisted artists: VALIE EXPORT, Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad, Lebohang Kganye and Hrair Sarkissian.  

"Powerful...artists using photography to fight against societal wrongs" - TimeOut 

 

Black and white collage image of two  women, one of whom is carrying a baby, a man and a small  child, a tree, a streetlamp and a door in front of three houses

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2024 

Fri 23 Feb 2024 - Sun 02 Jun 2024

Shortlisted artists: VALIE EXPORT, Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad, Lebohang Kganye and Hrair Sarkissian.  

"Powerful...artists using photography to fight against societal wrongs" - TimeOut 

 

..in sync with the cataclysmic world

The Guardian

One of the most imaginative editions of the prize so far

The Daily Telegraph
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The power of photography to explore, investigate and interrogate our world

The international artists shortlisted are: VALIE EXPORT, Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad, Lebohang Kganye and Hrair Sarkissian.  

This year’s shortlisted artists all show the power of photography to explore, investigate and interrogate our world. 

See the exhibition bringing together work by all shortlisted artists, from 23 February to 2 June 2024. The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced on 16 May 2024, with the other finalists each receiving £5,000.  

VALIE EXPORT (b. 1940, Austria) became notorious from the late 1960s for her radical performances and critical examination of women’s role in society and the arts. Photography has played a pivotal role in her work, from documentation to multimedia installations and single works. 

Through fusing photography and Warli painting, photographer Gauri Gill (b. 1970, India) and painter Rajesh Vangad (b. 1975, India) collaboratively explore how viewers ascribe meaning to a place and how the act of viewing itself creates complicity. They encourage viewers to explore the hidden, elusive layers that exist beneath the surface. 

Lebohang Kganye’s (b. 1990, South Africa) photographic projects cross personal and collective histories. Her skilful blending of images and words allows her to navigate the complexity of the South African experience, opening new ways of understanding and contributing to the process of decolonisation. 

Hrair Sarkissian’s (b. 1973, Syria) conceptual photography focuses on deeply personal narratives that reflect the complexity of larger historical and social issues. Large-scale photographs, film and installations all aim to evoke emotional experiences, foster awareness and a sense of solidarity. 

"Powerful...artists using photography to fight against societal wrongs" 

TimeOut
Colour photograph of a darkened room  with a sofa, table and a door with green glass, the image  states ‘Halil Dobra 16.08.1999’

Hrair Sarkissian 

Shortlisted for the exhibition The Other Side of Silence at Bonnefanten Museum, Maastricht, The Netherlands (29 November 2022 – 14 May 2023). 

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Black and white photograph of a woman smoking a cigarette and holding up a cigarette packet

VALIE EXPORT

Shortlisted for the exhibition VALIE EXPORT – The Photographs at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (25 February – 29 May 2023) and originated at the Albertina in Vienna. 

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Black and white image of a person in the distance, next to a brick structure layered with Warli drawings over the image

Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad 

Shortlisted for the book Fields of Sight (2023) published by Edition Patrick Frey. 

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Black and white collage image of several  people in a room with black and white checkered floors

Lebohang Kganye

Shortlisted for the exhibition Haufi nyana? I’ve come to take you home at Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (17 February – 21 May 2023).

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This year’s submissions for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize once again show the power of photography to explore, investigate and interrogate our world.

- Anne-Marie Beckmann, Director of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation 

About the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 

Originally established by The Photographers' Gallery in 1996, this long-standing and influential annual prize identifies and rewards artists and their projects considered to have made the most significant contribution to photography over the previous 12 months. 2024 marks the 20th anniversary of Deutsche Börse’s partnership with The Photographers’ Gallery. In 2016 the Prize was renamed the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize. Now in its 28th year, the Prize has become renowned as one of the most important awards for photographers, spotlighting outstanding, innovative and thought-provoking work.

Read our Prize shortlist announcement [PDF]

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Gif of four different book covers of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2024 exhibition catalogue

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Grab one of these Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2024 exhibition catalogues before they go! Four different covers available for the shortlisted artists: VALIE EXPORT, Gauri Gill & Rajesh Vangad, Lebohang Kganye and Hrair Sarkissian.

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