Thaddé Comar wins the sixth edition of the AOYF Human Rights Photography Prize for his project entitled How was your dream? which looks at new forms of protest and insurgency in our post- contemporary era dominated by controlling societies.
The AOYF Human Rights Photography Prize 2023 was awarded on Thursday 27 April 2023 to an emerging artist, Thaddé Comar, for the quality and originality of his strong and committed work on the theme of digital technologies and their impact on our daily lives (“Human Rights 3.0“). The winning artist and the four other finalists will exhibit their work for one month at the Centre de la photographie Genève. The winner will also receive a financial contribution to produce an exhibition as a continuation of the winning project and to pursue his commitment to human rights. This Prize is awarded by the Act On Your Future Foundation, in partnership with the Centre de la photographie Genève and six renowned European art schools. In addition, during the collective exhibition, a series of conferences, practical workshops and school visits will be offered to raise public awareness of human rights through the works on display.
The Act On Your Future Foundation, the Centre de la photographie Genève and the partners of the AOYF Human Rights Photography Prize 2023 are pleased to announce the winner of the sixth edition of the competition: Thaddé Comar, from ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, for his project entitled How was your dream?. Produced during the Hong Kong protests in 2019, this project deals with new forms of protest and insurgency in our post-contemporary era dominated by controlling societies. The winner’s project and those of the other four finalists will be on display at the Centre de la photographie Genève from 28 April to 28 May 2023. In addition, several free events, including a photo-conference, panel discussions, practical workshops and school visits, will be offered during the exhibition to raise awareness of human rights through the works on display.
Thaddé Comar was born in France in 1993. In 2018, he graduated with distinction from the ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. His practice is deeply linked to current events and social movements, ranging from editorial to commissioned and personal projects.
The jury particularly appreciated the critical and informed look of the winning project at the issue of social movements and their evolution in relation to the tools of surveillance and repression linked to new digital technologies. Beyond the critical look at these issues, and its implications on the specific case of Hong Kong, it also takes a pertinent look at the possible strategies of empowerment and emancipation.
The winner of the 2023 edition of the competition will receive a sum of CHF 10,000 distributed as follows:
- A grant of CHF 7,000 to be devoted exclusively to the preparation of an exhibit (materials and production) designed entirely as a continuation of the winning
- CHF 3,000 in cash to be used
The four other finalists will each receive a sum of CHF 500 in cash for the quality of their work.
The projects of the winner and the four other finalists can be seen at the Centre de la photographie Genève, from 28 April to 28 May 2023.
Programme of events
A series of conferences, practical workshops and school visits will be offered throughout the collective exhibition to raise awareness and make one of the great challenges of our time more tangible. These activities, open to the public and free of charge, will be aimed primarily at art schools and educational institutions in the region, artists and industry professionals, as well as the networks of partner organizations.
Photo-conference and round tables
3 May 2023 at 6.30 pm Photo-conference: Iran, faces of a plural youth With Hanieh Ziaei, political scientist, and Gwenvaël Engel, photographer.
15 May 2023 at 6.30 pm Round table organised with the Empowerment Foundation: Privacy and human dignity in the virtual world
School visits and practical workshops
School visits Offered to classes from 5P onwards, from 28 April to 28 May 2023.
14 and 24 May 2023 Workshops for artists and professionals:
Strategies of invisibility with Zoé Aubry, artist and former finalist of the AOYF Prize
Centre de la photographie Genève
28 Rue des Bains, 1205 Genève, Suisse
April 28, 2023 to May 28, 2023