In March 2019 PHOTOFAIRS launched the inaugural Exposure Award powered by Modern Eye, with the reward of a complementary stand to any gallery with a solo presentation of experimental work who had not previously shown at the fair.
Modern Eye is the first leading photography art platform in the Greater China region. Rooted in Mainland China, it is committed to promoting the exchange and development of photography art on an international scale. Modern Eye covers publications, exhibitions, education and communication related to photography. Continuing Modern Media’s prospective vision and active involvement in contemporary Chinese visual culture, and its open and innovative nature, Modern Eye collaborates with the world’s leading institutions and artists, becoming the new landmark of photography art across Greater China.
From worldwide submissions, judges selected a presentation by Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire (Paris) of work by visual artist Noémie Goudal. Chosen for its bold concept and visual elegance, the planned installation will bring together works from three of Goudal’s recent series.
© Noémie Goudal. Telluris III, series Telluris 2017. Courtesy of Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris
The judging panel also commended three standout submissions by Galerie 127 (Morocco) with artist Carolle Benitah, One Way Art (Beijing) with artist Ding Shiwei and MARYMARY projects (New York) with artist Patricia Voulgaris.
“Over the last six years, PHOTOFAIRS has worked closely with our collectors and audience to nurture and deepen the understanding of photography. The Exposure Award is an exciting addition to the Fair as it embodies our commitment to exhibit the best in creative photography. The financial difficulties of presenting an experimental booth in a new market are inevitable. The prize minimizes these risks to support artists, galleries and therefore our collectors, to truly explore what photography can do.” comments Georgia Griffiths, PHOTOFAIRS Group Fair Director
The Exposure Award jury included Cao Dan, President of MODERN ART and Art Director of MODERN EYE, Jiyoon Lee, Curator and Founder, SUUM Projects (Seoul); Wang Jun, Collector and Founder, The Light Society (Beijing) and Christopher Phillips, Independent Curator (New York).
© Carolle Benitah, Teen - He does not say I'm pretty, Photo-memories, Moroccan Childhood, Courtesy of Gallery 127, Morocco. (left)
© Patricia Voulgaris, Braid, Fragments, 2013, Courtesy of MARYMARY projects, New York. (middle)
© Ding Shiwei, Loading, 2017, Courtesy of One Way Art, Beijing. (right)