New Discovery Award - Winner of the Public Choice’s Award
Curated by Sébastien Dupuy
Sparks is a multidimensional portrait of a forgotten but still raging contemporary European conflict: the war in Ukraine. Ukrainians are fighting each other, with government forces on one side and pro-Russian separatists on the other. Wiktoria Wojciechowska went in search of combatants and victims to recount its impact on the lives of ordinary people. The title, Sparks, refers to incandescent shrapnel that mercilessly pierces the walls of houses. Civilians living near the front call it Іскри or iskry, in Ukrainian. Looking up at a hail of burning fragments, they know it is already too late to seek shelter. The “sparks” signal death and fear. Combining photographs, collage, film and symbolic images of armed conflict with pictures and words collected from combatants, Sparks offers several perceptions of war.
Winner of the Rencontres d’Arles Public's Choice Award 2018
Winner of the Prix de la Photo Madame Figaro Arles 2018
Artist presented by Galerie Confluence (Nantes, France)
Prints by Printshop 1923, Warsaw and Picto, Paris.
Framing by Atelier Demi-Teinte, Paris.
About the New Discovery Award
Since its creation, the Rencontres d’Arles has promoted photography and all its stakeholders, from photographers themselves to exhibition curators and publishers.
In that spirit of openness, the Rencontres d’Arles has teamed up with galleries for the New Discovery Award.
Galleries play a pioneering role by often being the first to spot tomorrow’s talent. They can propose an exhibition project by an artist they represent whose work has been recently discovered by an international audience or deserves to be.
In 2018, ten projects have been shortlisted and displayed at Rencontres d’Arles. During opening week, a jury bestows the New Discovery Award on artist and his or her gallery, entailing an acquisition worth €15,000. The public votes for the Public’s Choice Award, entailing an acquisition worth €5,000. Paulin Oltheten (The Netherlands; presented by gallery Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris, France) won the New Discovery Award, while Wiktoria Wojciechowska (Poland; presented by Galerie Confluence, Nantes, France) won the Public Choice’s Award.