The theme for the seventh cycle of the Prix Pictet is Space – a theme that offers a wide range of creative possibilities and a strong set of connections to the Prix Pictet’s overriding theme of sustainability. It is a deliberately broad theme that could embrace subjects as diverse as overpopulation, territorial dispute, air pollution, cyber space, wind borne diseases, hurricanes, as well the fragility of the planet’s great wildernesses and our tendency to fill space – from the oceans to outer space – with junk and many things besides.
The Jury for Prix Pictet Space is: Sir David King (Chair), UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change; Valérie Belin, photographer and Laureate of Prix Pictet Disorder; Martin Barnes, Senior Curator, Photographs, V&A; Philippe Bertherat, former managing partner, Pictet Group; Jan Dalley, Arts Editor, Financial Times; Dambisa Moyo, economist and author; Sebastião Salgado, photographer; Wang Shu, architect.
Sir David King, Chair of the Jury, said: “The works presented for this edition of the Prix Pictet were of an exceptionally high standard. The range of creative response by the some 700 photographers nominated for the award was truly remarkable. Reviewing work of such quality and diversity was no easy task, but no less fascinating for that. After a long debate we arrived at a shortlist of twelve artists. On behalf of the jury I should like to congratulate each of them. We very much look forward to reviewing their work at the V&A next year.”
The shortlist of twelve photographers selected for the seventh Prix Pictet, Space was announced on 10 November 2016, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
The photographers are:
The work of the 12 finalists will be shown in an exhibition opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London on 4 May 2017, when the winner of the Prix Pictet will be announced by Prix Pictet Honorary President Kofi Annan.
Following the exhibition in London, the Prix Pictet Space exhibition will be toured globally.