Toronto, 3 November 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Indian artist Gauri Gill won this year’s edition of the Grange Prize, the most important contemporary photography prize in Canada, organised by Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and Aeroplan. The winner of the Grange Prize, selected by a public vote, will be awarded with an endowment of $50,000. Each year, the Grange Prize associates the museum and Canadian organisation with a partner country of the origin of two of the finalists, while the two others are local. This edition honours India, whereas in 2009 it was Mexico and in 2008, China.
The works of the four chosen photographers – Elaine Stocki, Althea Thauberger, Gauri Gill and Nandini Valli — were exhibited at AGO, where the visitors were invited to vote in the museum or online. The exhibition opened on 30 August and will close on 27 November.
Gauri Gill, born in 1970 at New Delhi, dedicates her photographs to the study of marginal communities of her country, in particular of Rajasthan, witnessing the heroism of a difficult everyday environment. The selected jury state that her photographs depict “the artist’s often-intimate relationships with her subjects with a documentary spirit and a human concern over issues of survival”.