Photography Alumna Clare Strand shortlisted for Deutsche Borse Prize

Clare Strand is one of four artists shortlisted for the prestigious annual award, now in it’s twenty fourth year.

The highly regarded annual prize, originated by The Photographers’ Gallery in 1996 and awarded in collaboration with the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation since 2016, recognises artists and projects deemed to have made the most significant contribution to photography over the previous 12 months

Clare Strand is shortlisted for the exhibition The Discrete Channel with Noise exhibited at PHotoESPAÑA, Madrid, Spain (5 – 21 June 2019). Clare, who graduated in 1995, works across different artistic disciplines, from photography and web-based programmes, to painting, kinetic machines and sculpture.

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 3 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. The project also examines how we perceive, code and categorise visual information, especially in a digital age. Ultimately Strand’s project raises questions around translation, interpretation, perception and the ownership of knowledge.

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation is a Frankfurt -based non -profit organisation. The foundation activities focus on collecting, exhibiting and promoting contemporary photography. Deutsche Börse began to build up its collection of contemporary photography in 1999. Art Collection Deutsche Börse now comprises more than 1,800 works by over 1 30 international artists. Expanding the Art Collection Deutsche Börse is one of the key aims of the foundation. The collection and a changing exhibition programme are open to the public. Together with The Photographers’ Gallery in London, the foundation awards the renowned Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize each year.

The exhibition of the shortlisted projects, curated by Anna Dannemann, will be on show at The Photographers’ Gallery from 21 February – 7 June 2020, before touring to Deutsche Börse’s headquarters in Eschborn/Frankfurt on 26 June 2020. The winner of the £30,000 prize will be announced at a special award ceremony held at The Photographers’ Gallery on Thursday 14 May 2020.

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