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Carmignac Photojournalism Award: A Retrospective - Saatchi Gallery

Newsha Tavakolian, Portrait of Somayyeh, 2015. © Newsha Tavakolian for the Fondation Carmignac.

Exhibition preview

THE Fondation Carmignac has announced the full line-up of photojournalists to be shown at their forthcoming exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery this November.

On display from November 18 to December 13, 2015, Carmignac Photojournalism Award: A Retrospective will feature a total of 40 works, produced since the Award’s 2009 inception by all laureates past and present.

1st room – Newsha Tavakolian

The first room of the exhibition will be entirely dedicated to the Iranian photojournalist and fifth Carmignac laureate, Newsha Tavakolian.

Tavakolian’s project explores the lives of young middle class Iranians caught between the pressures of an increasingly modern society and a revolutionary Islamic ideology. Photographs from the winning project made in 2013, will be shown alongside video installations first exhibited at the Venice Biennale this year.

2nd room – Davide Monteleone, Robin Hammond, Massimo Berruti, Kai Wiedenhöfer and Christophe Gin

Chechnya forms the focus of four works on show by Italian photojournalist, Davide Monteleone. Taken from the report Monteleone produced from December 2012 – April 2013 as part of the fourth Carmignac laureateship, the portfolio’s title Spasibo, (Russian for ‘thank you’) can be interpreted as an ironic gesture of gratitude to Chechnya’s oppressors.

Four works will also be displayed by third winner of the Award, Robin Hammond. Taking Zimbabwe as its subject, Hammond’s work charts the violent decline of the country post-independence at the mercy of the Mugabe regime. On two occasions during the process, officials caught up with Hammond, culminating in a 26-day imprisonment and eventual deportation as a ‘Prohibited Immigrant’.

Documenting the Pashtun civilian militia’s conflicts with the Taliban in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, second laureate Massimo Berruti’s report reveals both the daily suffering caused by Taliban terrorism, and the resistance mounted by the local population with only minimal resources.

The exhibition line-up is completed by the Award’s first ever laureate, Kai Wiedenhöfer. Photographs from his series, focused on the theme of Gaza, aim to provide an unsentimental portrayal of the Israeli attack that took place in January 2009 and its effects on the people and the buildings of the Strip.

At the end of the exhibition, the incumbent laureate Christophe Gin, announced September 2015 at Visa pour l’Image festival in Perpignan, will introduce his series about Guiana, Colonie (Colony) with one photograph. Working to the theme of Lawless Areas in France – selected by the Fondation Carmignac as the subject for the sixth edition of the Award – his black and white photographs investigate the highly hermetic societies.

An exhibition dedicated to this series will be presented at the Chapelle des Beaux-Arts de Paris from November 5 to December 5, 2015.

Emeric Glayse, Development Manager of the Award, comments:

Carmignac photojournalism Award: A Retrospective at the Saatchi Gallery this November will offer audiences the opportunity to see some of the most exciting photojournalists operating today, examining areas and themes that are often underrepresented in mainstream news media. The work on show at the Saatchi Gallery is testament to the boldness and creativity that the Award has championed since it was founded in 2009, and this unique exhibition will allow visitors to see all past and present winners in one space for the first time.”

The Fondation Carmignac launched the Carmignac photojournalism Award in 2009 with the aim of supporting and celebrating photojournalism. This unique Award funds an emerging photographer to visit areas of the world at the centre of geostrategic conflict, where human rights and freedom of speech are often violated. The Award focuses on specific geographical zones, and the theme changes annually. Previous themes chosen include: Gaza; Pashtunistan; Zimbabwe; Chechnya; Iran; and Lawless Areas in France.

A key aim of the Award is to support the winning photojournalist by providing a global platform for their work to be seen and collected. The Fondation Carmignac collaborates with the winner throughout the entire project offering the laureate 50,000€ to allow them to perform their project, financing a monograph and developing and staging an international touring exhibition upon their return. The Fondation Carmignac also commits to purchasing four photographs from the winner’s portfolio, which then enter Carmignac’s prestigious art collection.

Created in 2000, the Fondation Carmignac has its roots in Carmignac’s corporate collection, which has been on display in the asset management company’s premises since its formation. Built up over the past twenty-five years with an open mind and no restrictions, this unique compendium of contemporary art reflects the personal interests of Carmignac’s founder, Edouard Carmignac, a seasoned fund manager and stockbroker. The Foundation, headed by Gaïa Donzet, plans to open new premises in 2016 on the protected island of Porquerolles.

Image: Newsha Tavakolian, Portrait of Somayyeh, 2015. © Newsha Tavakolian for the Fondation Carmignac.

Admission: Free.

Times: Daily from 10am to 6pm (last entry 5:30pm).

Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY