The MAST Foundation For Photography Grant on Industry and Work rewards artists questioning “industry, the transformation it brings about on society and the environment , and the role of labour in economic and productive development.” Held every two year, the grant was celebrating its sixth edition. Its theme was “Industry, Society and Territory”.
Five finalists, all under forty year-old, were selected among the numerous submissions: Chloe Dewe Mathews, Maxime Guyon, Aapo Huhta, Pablo López Luz and Alinka Echerría. On October 7th, the jury chose the latter as the winner of the sixth edition. Curated by Urs Stahel, the Biennale gathered the works of the all finalists. The exhibition is nonetheless closed until December 3rd and a virtual tour were organized by the curator himself, as well as short films presenting aspects of their research.
Alinka Echeverría was particularly distinguished for her installation Apparent Femininity. She enlightened the role of women in the history of computer science, from Ada Lovelace – the first female programmer in history – to anonymous figures. Using a wide variety of mediums (solarization, printing on glass plates), her work is both a manifesto for, and a tribute to, these women.
Chloe Dewe Matthews
Pablo López Luz
The Jury was composed by Quentin Bajac (The Museum of Modern Art, New York), Giovanna Calvenzi (journalist and photo editor, Pippo Ciorra (MAXXI Architecture, National Museum of 21st Century Arts), Daniela Facchinato (Photographer), Laura Gasparini (Photo Library of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia), François Hébel (Fondation Cartier-Bresson, Paris), Michael Hoppen (Michael Hoppen Gallery, London), Piero Orlandi (architect), Urs Stahel (MAST PhotoGallery) and Roberta Valtorta, (historian and critic).
Fondazione MAST – The Photography Grant on Industry and Work