Installation View. Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015, Open Eye Gallery, 2016. Image: Rob Battersby.

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 exhibition tours to Open Eye Gallery

Open Eye Gallery
19 Mann Island
Liverpool Waterfront
Liverpool L3 1BP
28 October - 18 December 2016

Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015
Matthew Finn, Joanna Piotrowska, Tereza Zelenkova

Before the next Jerwood/Photoworks Awards call for entries closes 2 November 2016, The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2015 exhibition travels to Open Eye Gallery following successful showings at Jerwood Space, London; Impressions Gallery, Bradford; and Belfast Exposed, Belfast.

The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are a collaboration between Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks. Each artist has received an award of £5,000 to make new work and developmental support from a pool of thirteen mentors including Alec Soth, Gillian Wearing, Broomberg & Chanarin and Michael Mack as well as curatorial advice from both of the award giving organisations.

Three artists were selected from a call for applications to UK based photography practitioners within ten years of establishing their practice.

‘The quality of the work is a testament not only to the individual skill of the artists featured, but to the value and urgency of initiatives like the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards in the UK’s current cultural and economic climate’
Isy Smith – This is Tomorrow

‘Demonstrating a high calibre of photography and tremendous future potential’
Tim Clark – a-n

Matthew Finn has been photographing his mother in a series of collaborative portraits since 1987. His Jerwood/Photoworks Award has enabled him to revisit this series at an emotional time that has seen his mother move from her family home into an assisted living residence. Matthew’s mother’s mental health has changed her role in the portraits from active participant to one of an observed subject; shifting the focus of his images towards objects and metaphor.

Joanna Piotrowska’s work explores anxiety and the effects of global and political events on the individual. In a series of portraits of adolescent girls recreating poses from self-defence manuals, Joanna counteracts a passive gender stereotype. She offers the viewer a reclamation of the private body from the public sphere, and re-contextualising these poses within a domestic setting, feeds our fascination with the unfamiliar, uncanny or the unheimlich.

Tereza Zelenkova has travelled to her native Czech Republic to explore themes of history, local legend and folklore. Tereza’s Jerwood/Photoworks Award enabled her to visit numerous locations, but the resulting images seem themselves out of place and time. Her eerily beautiful, black and white photographs of woodlands, stone structures and relics form their own dream-like, subconscious world, where stories fuel the viewer’s interpretation.

Find out more about the Jerwood/Photoworks Awards here