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The ninth theme is Fire

Prix Pictet announces ‘Fire’ as the theme for the ninth cycle of the award. As Chair Stephen Barber explains, the choice of theme is timely.

Fire has hardly been out of the news since the inferno that consumed Notre Dame in Paris in early 2019. We have seen record rainforest blazes in the Amazon, forest and bush fires in Australia and conflagrations in California. It is the fourth element. Fire destroys and it renews. Fire means survival, renewal, and economic prosperity. Yet our abuse of this most capricious of elements is the source of most of our environmental woes.”

Over the coming months the Prix Pictet’s global network of over 300 nominators will identify portfolios of work that align with the ninth theme. These portfolios will be reviewed by the independent Jury chaired by Sir David King. The Fire shortlist will be presented at the Rencontres d’Arles in July 2021. The ninth laureate will be announced at the opening of the award exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in December 2021.


Hope

The Hope exhibition featuring the work of 12 artists shortlisted for the eighth cycle, Hope, was shown at EPFL ArtLab in Lausanne, Switzerland in September. The exhibition will travel to Palazzo della Gran Guardia in Verona, International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York, Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan, the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv and a major museum in Shanghai over the next 12 months.

In November 2019, Ivorian photographer Joana Choumali was presented with the Eighth Prix Pictet for her series Ça va aller (it will be ok). Her winning series presents photographs taken three weeks after the terrorist attacks in Grand Bassam on Sunday 13th March, 2016. Choumali said ‘This work is a way to address the way Ivorian people deal with trauma and mental health. Each stitch was a way to recover, to lay down the emotions, the loneliness, and mixed feelings I felt. Adding embroidery on these street photographs was an act of channelling hope and resilience.’

Keep up to date with the Hope exhibition tour here.

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