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Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

05th Jan - 19th Mar 2016

The first national Jerwood/Photoworks Awards recognise outstanding future photographic talent. The awards have enabled three artists to develop their practice and create new work.

Selected from an open call for applications, the three awardees Matthew Finn, Joanna Piotrowska, and Tereza Zelenkova have been supported by guidance from a pool of thirteen mentors including Alec Soth, Gillian Wearing, Broomberg & Chanarin and Michael Mack as well as curatorial advice from both of the award giving organisations.

Matthew Finn
has photographed his mother in a series of collaborative portraits since 1987. His Jerwood/Photoworks Award has enabled him to revisit this series at an emotional time that has seen his mother move from her family home into an assisted living residence. Mathew’s mother’s mental health has changed her role in the portraits from active participant to one of an observed subject; shifting the focus of his images towards objects and metaphor.

Joanna Piotrowska’s work explores anxiety and the effects of global and political events on the individual. In a series of portraits of adolescent girls recreating poses from self-defence manuals, Joanna counteracts a passive gender stereotype. She offers the viewer a reclamation of the private body from the public sphere, and re-contextualising these poses within a domestic setting, feeds our fascination with the unfamiliar, uncanny or the unheimlich.

Tereza Zelenkova
has travelled to her native Czech Republic to explore themes of history, local legend and folklore. Tereza’s Jerwood/Photoworks Award enabled her to visit numerous locations, but the resulting images seem themselves out of place and time. Her eerily beautiful, black and white photographs of woodlands, stone structures and relics form their own dream-like, subconscious world, where stories fuel the viewer’s interpretation.


The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a new collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks, supported by Arts Council England.


exhibition resources

Click here to download an information sheet about the exhibition (PDF 236KB)
Click here to download our interview with Matthew Finn (PDF 80KB)
Click here to download our interview with Tereza Zelenkova (PDF 80KB)
Click here to download the Jerwood/Photoworks resource pack for teachers (PDF 1.3MB)


what the papers say

British Journal of Photography
Aesthetica
a-n.co.uk
Digthisdesign.net

listen again

© Matthew Finn, Untitled, from the series Mother (1987-present) Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

© Matthew Finn, Untitled, from the series Mother (1987-present) Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

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© Matthew Finn, Untitled, from the series Mother (1987-present) Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 © Matthew Finn, Untitled, from the series Mother (1987-present) Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 © Joanna Piotrowska, Untitled, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 © Joanna Piotrowska, Untitled Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 © Tereza Zelenkova, Dog Cemetery Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 © Tereza Zelenkova, Stairs Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015

Comments

Zelenkova’s work is wonderfully supernatural, the way she has captured another side of her country is something else!

Incredibly interesting presentation of the works and a most brilliant and diverse series of subjects. Thought provoking and I’d even say inspiring. Fantastic!

Dear Matthew,

Thank you for sharing such a brave and intimate series of photographs. I have made repeat visits to this exhibition to see your work and it makes tears form in my eyes every time.

I am training to be a nurse in Bradford and hope to specialise in Dementia. Your wonderful work really reminds me of the fragility of life and why I choose this path.

I applaud your courage

Thank you Fran