PARIS — Kering has designated Liz Johnson Artur because the winner of its 2021 Women in Motion Award for pictures, in recognition of the Russian-Ghanaian’s work that includes the African diaspora world wide.
“What I’m interested in is people — the ones I don’t see represented anywhere,” Johnson Artur mentioned in an announcement. The photographer, who grew up in Bulgaria, Germany and Russia, has proven work from her Black Balloon Archive on the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the South London Gallery, amongst different locations.
The award of 25,000 euros is a part of Kering’s partnership with pictures pageant Les Rencontres d’Arles, with the funds going towards buying works of the winner for the pageant’s assortment. Previous winners of the prize had been Sabine Weiss and Susan Meiselas.
Kering has been increasing its Women in Motion program lately and added the pictures award in 2019. Initially aimed toward highlighting work by girls within the realm of movie, Women in Motion was based in 2015 on the Cannes Film Festival.
Johnson Artur will share her work, in addition to her views on the function of ladies in pictures, on the prize ceremony in Arles, France, on July 5.
“The great thing about this award is that it shines a spotlight on works that haven’t always been adequately recognized, and it alerts us to the fact that recognizing women photographers shouldn’t just happen once a year,” she mentioned.