Talk with 2021 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards Winners - Photography
Discover the work of Sunil Gupta and Maria Kapajeva, recipients of the 2021 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards in this special live-streamed event
Presented in collaboration with Kraszna-Krausz Foundation (KKF), celebrate the outstanding contributions to photography publishing. This is the first of two live-streamed events and will be an opportunity to hear from this year’s winners, who were chosen from a shortlist also featuring the works of Poulomi Basu and Destiny Deacon. Joining Sunil Gupta and Maria Kapajeva is curator and editor Monica Allende, who will be chairing the conversation. There will be opportunity for audience Q&As following the discussion.
Monica Allende is an independent curator/artistic director, consultant and educator. She is Artistic Director of Landskrona Foto Festival, and was GetxoPhoto International Image Festival Artistic Director from 2017 to 2019. She has also collaborated with WeTransfer as a Consultant and Creative Producer, and was the director of FORMAT17 International Photography Festival. She is curating the Blue Skies Project, a multidisciplinary project with artists Anton Kusters and Ruben Samama, shortlisted for the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize in 2020 and exhibiting in Rencontres d'Arles in 2021. She collaborated with Screen Projects as producer of the ScreenLabs and was the Photo Editor at The Sunday Times Magazine, where she launched Spectrum, the award-winning photography section.
Sunil Gupta (b. New Delhi 1953) MA (RCA) PhD (Westminster) has been involved with independent photography as a critical practice for many years focusing on race, migration and queer issues. A retrospective is shown at The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2020-21) and Ryerson Image Center, Toronto 2021. He is a Professorial Fellow at UCA, Farnham. His work is in many public collections including; Tokyo Museum of Photography, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Royal Ontario Museum, Tate and the Museum of Modern Art.
Maria Kapajeva works between London (UK) and Tallinn (Estonia). Her work often highlights peripheral histories and unspoken stories, focusing on the representation of women. She got her BA in Photography at The University for the Creative Arts (UCA, Farnham) and her MA in Photographic Studies at The University of Westminster (London). Her work was internationally exhibited including the most recent: The Finnish Museum of Photography (2021), The Tallinn Art Hall Gallery (2020), Lithuanian Gallery of Photography (2020) and Latvian Museum of Photography (2019). Her video works screened at VAFT (Finland, 2020), Luminocity Festival (Canada, 2018), NexT Film Festival (Romania, 2017) and Berlin Feminist Film Week (2016).
In 2019 she was awarded with A Woman’s Work grant with Creative Europe Program, in 2018 she won the Runner-Up Award at FOKUS Video Art Festival (Denmark) and in 2016 she got a Gasworks & Triangle Network Fellowship to work at Kooshk Residency in Tehran (Iran). Her first artist book You can call him another man, published by Kaunas Photography Gallery, was shortlisted for Aperture Photobook Award 2018. Since 2019 Maria Kapajeva is a Member of Estonian Artists’ Association.
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