Karijn Kakebeeke was named winner of the 2009 BMW - Paris Photo Prize for contemporary photography at the opening of Paris Photo, receiving the 12 000 EURO (15, 000 USD) Prize.
Karijn Kakabeeke, represented by The Empty Quarter Gallery from Dubai, is the sixth winner of this major international award. Born in 1974, the Dutch photographer is pursuing her continuing interest in social issues through her photojournalistic, essayistic images. In this context, she captures pictures that stand as magnificent icons of our time. The winning work "Bend it like Beckham" records an early moment in 2006 when Khadija first played with a football: an emotionally charged image of an Afghan woman who now belongs to the first female team in her country.
Jury member Matthias Harder, curator at the Helmut Newton Foundation in Berlin had this to say: "This image by Karijn Kakebeeke offers a glimmer of hope for a future in which it has become possible, in a country like Afghanistan, to establish a female football league, and where women are starting to gain a few more basic rights. The prize-winning image shows a glimpse of happiness. Kakerbeeke's genre scene convinced the jury owing to the controversial nature of the topic chosen and its relevance to the given theme."
Japanese photographer Tatsumi Orimoto represented by DNA Gallery (Berlin) was awarded a special jury distinction for his moving self-portrait taken with his mother who suffers from Alzheimer's. This image is part of his extensive "Mama Series" (2008).
The BMW - Paris Photo prize is designed to support contemporary creativity and is awarded once a year to an artist/photographer for his or her work on a theme related to BMW France's advertising campaign. For its sixth edition, the prize, reserved for artists represented by galleries participating in Paris Photo, will reveal the best in contemporary photography with work on the theme "When was the last time you experienced something for the first time?"
Twenty of the 55 artists whose work was submitted by participating galleries were short-listed by a jury of international experts presided by Philippe Dehennin, Chairman of BMW France. The jury then worked to select the winning artist. The short-listed works are exhibited during Paris Photo.
The 2009 Jury:
Robert Delpire, Publisher, Paris, TJ Demos, Art critic and writer, London, Matthias Harder, Curator, Helmut Newton Foundation, Berlin, Manfred Heiting, Collector, Los Angeles, and Sandra S. Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Short-listed artists exhibited at Paris Photo:
Julie Blackmon (Robert Klein Gallery, New York), Mohamed Bourouissa (Les filles du calvaire, Paris/ Brussels), Elinor Carucci (Fifty One Fine Art Photography, Anvers), Lucinda Devlin, (m Bochum, Bochum), Elliott Erwitt (Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco), Adam Fuss (Daniel Blau Photography, Münich), Teun Hocks (Patricia Dorfmann, Paris), Per Bak Jensen (Galleri Bo Bjerggaard, Copenhagen), Karijn Kakebeeke (The Empty Quarter Gallery, Dubai), Ken Kitano (MEM, Osaka), Julie Mack (Laurence Miller, New York), Lamia Naji (Galerie El Marsa, Tunis), Tatsumi Orimoto (DNA, Berlin), Matthew Pillsbury (Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York), Alex Prager (Yancey Richardson, New York), Barbara Probst (Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin), Arnaud Pyvka (La B.A.N.K, Paris), Viviane Sassen (Motive Gallery, Amsterdam), Sascha Weidner (Galeria Toni Tapies, Barcelona), Nancy Wilson-Pajic (Françoise Paviot, Paris).
Dates: Thursday, 19 November– Sunday, 22 November, 2009
Venue: Carrousel du Louvre, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France
Opening hours: 19 Nov. from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm, 20 Nov. from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm, 21 Nov. from 11:30 am to 8:00 pm, 22 Nov. from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm
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