Shortlisted artists select works for display ahead of the winner announcement.
Four artists have been nominated for this year’s prize: Laura El-Tantawy, Erik Kessels, Trevor Paglen and Tobias Zielony.
El-Tantawy – who grew up between Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the US – has chosen images from her photobook In the Shadow of the Pyramids, which depicts Cairo’s rising tensions in the lead up to the January Revolution in Tahrir Square. She combines old family portraits with shots of protestors and street scenes, depicting both celebration and violence.
In Unfinished Father Kessels focuses on the devastating effects of his dad’s stroke. The memory loss and fractured realities endured by a stroke victim are translated into the half-completed restoration of a Fiat 500, a project the elder Kessels will now never be able to complete. Parts of the vehicle are shown alongside images or car parts.
Paglen’s installation concerns surveillance systems such as drones and classified data collection. He incorporates images of military and government restricted areas with data collected in collaboration with human rights activists, scientists and amateur astronomers.
In a similar vein, Zielony’s photographs examine the lives of African refugee activists in Europe. Searching for freedom and escaping oppression, many have found themselves in limbo, housed in refugee camps without legal representation of adequate papers. Zienlony’s reportage in African newspapers is shown alongside his prints.