Stan Douglas 2016 Hasselblad Award Winner


The Hasselblad Foundation is pleased to announce that Canadian artist Stan Douglas is the recipient of the 2016 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography for the sum of SEK 1,000,000 (approx. EUR 110,000). The award ceremony takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 17, 2016. The day after, on October 18, an exhibition of Douglas’s work will open at the Hasselblad Center. On the same day, the Hasselblad Foundation will host a symposium with the award winner, and a new book about Stan Douglas will be published by MACK.

The Foundation’s citation regarding the 2016 Hasselblad Award Winner Stan Douglas:

An artist of outstanding significance, Stan Douglas has received international recognition for his powerful photographic art, as well as his work with video and film. His practice reflects carefully and poignantly on the history of photography and film, offering new understandings of the cultural and technological developments of both media. Furthermore, Stan Douglas has an open and highly innovative approach to both analogue and new digital formats. At the heart of his work lies a strong interest and commitment to social issues of race, gender, identity and post-colonial politics, whilst maintaining a valuable self-critical perspective on the role of the artist in contemporary culture.

The 2016 Jury, which submitted its proposal to the Hasselblad Foundation’s Board of Directors, consisted of:

Roxana Marcoci, Chair, Senior Curator of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Elvira Dyangani Ose, Freelance Curator and Lector of Visual Cultures, Goldsmiths, University of London, London

Florian Ebner, Head of Photography, Museum Folkwang, Essen

Duncan Forbes, Co-Director and Curator, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur

Clare Grafik, Head of Exhibitions, Photographers‘ Gallery, London

„Douglas’s engagement with the histories of still and moving images, sociological approach to staged and performative work, and critical attention to the apparatus of photography – in terms of historic styles, processes and vintage equipment, and the most sophisticated digital languages of contemporary technology – are transformational“, notes Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator of Photography at MoMA, New York and Chair of the 2016 Hasselbald Award Jury.