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Congratulations to Luke Willis Thompson who has been shortlisted for the 2018 Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize.
The four artists shortlisted for the 21st edition of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize are Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson. The winner will be announced at a special award ceremony in May 2018 at The Photographers' Gallery in London.
Works by the shortlisted photographers will be exhibited at The Photographers' Gallery London from 23 February until 3 June 2018 and subsequently tour to the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main as part of the triennial RAY Fotografieprojekte Frankfurt/Rhein Main 2018.
Luke Willis Thompson (b. 1988, New Zealand) is nominated for the exhibition autoportrait(23 June – 27 August 2017 exhibited at Chisenhale Gallery, London, UK).
Luke Willis Thompson's 35mm film autoportrait is a silent portrait of Diamond Reynolds. In July 2016, Reynolds used Facebook Live to broadcast the moments immediately after the fatal shooting of her partner Philando Castile by a police officer during a traffic-stop in Minnesota, United States. Reynolds' video circulated widely online and amassed over six million views. In November 2016, Thompson established a conversation with Reynolds, and herlawyer, and invited her to work with him on the production of an artwork. Thompson wanted to make an aesthetic response that could act as a 'sister-image' to Reynolds' video broadcast, which would break with the wellknown image of Reynolds, caught in a moment of violence and distributed within a constant flow of news. In June 2017, Reynolds' original video was played to a jury as evidence. Despite the abundance of visual information, the officer who killed Castile was acquitted of all charges. autoportait continues to reopen a question of the agency of Reynolds' recording within, outside of, and beyond the conditions of predetermined racial power structures. www.deutscheboersephotographyfoundation.org/en
Luke Willis Thompson is represented in New Zealand by Hopkinson Mossman.
BAKER DOUGLAS are delighted to be the sponsors for the 2017 Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission..
Photobook App launch, featuring a limited edition poster by Rodney Charters.
BAKER DOUGLAS would like to thank: Robert Leonard, Andrew Clifford, City Gallery Wellington, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.
"On the Origin of Art is accompanied by a big, beautiful book full of original ideas, and some pillaged ones, too. Foreword by David Walsh, introduction by Elizabeth Pearce, and essays by the four guest curators."
Book signing for Fiona Pardington on the last day of her survey exhibition A Beautiful Hesitation at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki.
A huge congratulations to Fiona Pardington on receiving the honour of Knight in the French Order of Arts and Letters from the Prime Minister of the French Repulic, Manuel Valls, in a ceremony at Auckland Museum last night. This is in recognition of Fiona's work within French museums and her contribution in 'significantly furthering the arts in France and throughout the world'.
Other recipients include Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and William Burroughs among others. Fiona is the first visual artist within New Zealand to receive this honour.