Launched in 1996, the Deutsche Börse has become the world’s most prestigious photography prize.
This year’s nominees are Sophie Calle, Dana Lixenberg, Awoiska van der Molen, and Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs. The winner will be announced later this spring.
French artist Sophie Calle staggered us with her body of work, My All. The enormity of her subjects – love, death and grief – are undercut by their format.
Over a series of postcards we’re shown a reliquary of an exhibition, in which Calle presents those closest to her, in tiny moments, with humour and exquisite tenderness. Her dead cat, in a coffin and under a linen shroud, is laced with an absurd tragedy.
Photograph: The artist and Galerie Perrotin
Elsewhere we have strangers in her bed; blind people's most beloved images; a journey through Paris to Venice. A catalogue of romance and despair, in miniature.
Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg has been nominated for Imperial Courts – a project 22 years in the making, based on social housing project in LA. Her work charts an evolving community: over the years some were killed, while others disappeared or went to jail, and others – children in the early photographs – grew up and had children of their own. The austere, monochrome images are powerful, perfect understatements.
Swiss photographers Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs have been nominated for EURASIA, which playfully draws on the iconography of the road trip constructing experiences drawn from memory and imagination. The results are a wonderfully surreal dreamscape, set in an America of the Imagination.
Falling somewhere between abstraction and landscape, Awoiska van der Molen's monochrome photographs are as much impressions as documents. The Dutch artist aims to find a pure form of representing her surroundings, by focusing on the essential elements in and around her.
Sophie Calle’s What Do You See? Photograph: © Sophie Calle/courtesy of Galerie Perroti
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