The 2023 AOYF Human Rights Photography Award

Ora Sawyers

Since 2015, the Act On Your Future Foundation’s Human Legal rights Pictures Award has been satisfying assignments by emerging artists from the modern day images scene on themes that are topical in the world of politics and society. A reflection on our culture pushed by pictures not to be skipped.

Made in 2014 in Switzerland, the Act On Your Foreseeable future Basis, which is recognised as a community utility, aims in its words and phrases to market human rights in an ground breaking way. According to Keyvan Ghavami, director and co-founder of the Basis, images really rapidly turned the medium that authorized us to highlight in an impactful way the present-day significant difficulties of our modern society in conditions of human rights.

“We have constantly been keen to speak about the main political, economic, social and environmental challenges by means of photos, with the idea that to mobilise the young era, photos are a universal language, comprehensible by all, which lets us to go further than stereotypes and to be a lot far more tangible and concrete.

The generation of the AOYF Prize has enabled the Foundation to reward and support the work of photographers in the method of learning or not long ago graduated, though drawing consideration to human legal rights troubles. An educational obstacle to raise awareness is so perceived by all the themes addressed by the Prize, notably flexibility of expression in 2015, the illustration of the migration crisis in 2016, the rise of populism in 2017, gender equality in 2018, ecology and the local weather crisis in 2020 and our partnership with new systems this 12 months. This wish is expressed in specific by the organisation of a series of spherical tables, functional workshops and college visits all over the competition exhibition to elevate awareness and make the important worries of our time a lot more tangible by crossing the views of the artists exhibited.

“Our purpose is also to carry collectively distinct sectors of modern society, corporations, colleges, museums, collectors, main donors and NGOs dependent in Geneva, the environment cash of human legal rights. All these men and women would not necessarily are inclined to meet up with and exchange on these significant recent themes carried by the still and going impression.

In partnership with six European art colleges, ECAL Lausanne, HEAD Geneva, ENSP Arles, Royal Faculty of Art London, HGB Leipzig and Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, as perfectly as five renowned establishments together with the Centre de la Photographie Genève, Christie’s, Human Legal rights Enjoy, the Intercontinental Film Competition and Discussion board on Human Legal rights and MAPS, the Prize selects by using an interdisciplinary jury the do the job of 5 artists which is exhibited at the Centre de la Photographie Geneva for 1 month, before presenting CHF 10,000 to the winning artist. CHF 7,000 goes in the direction of the generation of an exhibition related to the successful task, and CHF 3,000 to the artist’s discretion. According to Keyvan Ghavami, “the plan below is to hold a backlink with the artist, to give continuity to his or her undertaking and to greatly enhance the community of companions and industry experts operating all around the Foundation and the Prize.

In order to retain monitor and attain the widest achievable viewers, a retrospective catalogue has also been established for the 5th edition of the Prize and distributed to a fantastic amount of municipal libraries, schools and art schools. It includes all the human rights themes tackled in earlier editions, the assignments of the photographic artists in dialogue with the reflections and opinions of the members of the jury every single year.

Though Keyvan Ghavami reminds us that the Foundation acts independently and without having bias, its motivation is to continue being as neutral and inclusive as attainable, and it is up to the artists and the community to consider up the concern tackled and to draw a reflection on it.
Right now additional than at any time, artwork has the accountability to query present situations and enrich our understanding of the planet, letting us to face the wonderful problems of our time with extra optimism.

Marie Pellicier
17 Might 2023








The 2023 AOYF Award Exhibition
Until 28 Could 2023
Centre of Images Geneva
Centre of Photography Geneva
Bac – Present-day Art Creating
28, rue des Bains,
CH – 1205 Geneva

Nominees: Rodrigo Alcocer de Garay (special point out of the jury), Yue Cheng, Thaddé Comar (successful task 2023), Luisa Tormenta and Yingying Zhang.
Winner: Thaddé Commar


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