Deana Lawson wins Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2022

The artist received the award for her solo show Entropy at Kunsthalle Basel

Deana Lawson, Chief, 2019, pigment print, 147 × 185 cm. Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York, and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles

Deana Lawson has won this year’s Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize, which comes with an award of GBP£30,000. The prize is devoted to artists who have made ‘the most significant contribution to the world of photography’ in a given year.

Lawson was recognised for her show Entropy at Kunsthalle Basel, which was on view 9 June – 11 October 2020. ‘Her work, which reframes and reclaims the Black experience, harnesses the traditional and the experimental and opens up a very unique connection between the everyday and the mystical,’ commented Brett Rogers, director of the Photographers’ Gallery and jury chair, in a statement.

This year’s jury was comprised of Yto Barrada, Jessica Dimson, Yasufumi Nakamori, Anne-Marie Beckmann and Brett Rogers. The shortlist also included artists Anastasia Samoylova, Jo Ractliffe and Gilles Peress.

In a recent profile for ArtReview, Fi Churchman examined how Lawson’s photobooks challenge a Western art history of portraiture to create ‘an ever-expanding mythological extended family’. You can read the feature online here.

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