The New Generation Photography Award: Identity and Personal Histories
Luther Konadu, Ethan Murphy and Zinnia Naqvi are the winners of the 2019 New Generation Photography Award. Their work shares common concerns with issues of identity and the legacies of their heritage, as explored through themes of gender, race and place. The award was established by the National Gallery of Canada’s Canadian Photography Institute in collaboration with Scotiabank to support the careers of emerging artists, aged 30 and under, who create lens-based photographic work in Canada. An exhibition of the winners’ work is currently on view at the Gladstone Hotel Toronto to coincide with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. As well, a selection of these images will be shown in PhotoLab 6: The New Generation Photography Award Exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada from September.
Based in Winnipeg, Luther Konadu is a photographer, writer and content creator for the online publication Public Parking. His studio activities are project-based and realized through photographic print media and painting processes. He acknowledges the legacies of these mediums as interpretive sites for generating new conventions and expanding fixed narratives. He recently showed work at New York City’s Aperture Foundation and is the writer-in-residence for Gallery 44.
The work of St. John’s photographer Ethan Murphy links identity and place by reflecting on the psychological impact of Newfoundland’s rural environment. His images display a fluctuating perspective acquired from his leaving and returning to the island and attempting to reconnect with its remote areas. Using photography as a mediator, Murphy reconciles his relationship with identity and loss while examining the Newfoundland landscape post cod moratorium.
Zinnia Naqvi is a visual artist based in Montreal. Her work combines photography, video, writings, archival footage and installation. Her practice questions the relationship between authenticity and narrative, while dealing with larger themes of post-colonialism, cultural translation, language and gender. She recently received an honourable mention at the 2017 Karachi Biennale in Pakistan and was an artist-in-residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the EMILIA-AMALIA Working Group.
The exhibition is on view at the Gladstone Hotel Toronto from May 1 to June 9, 2019 to coincide with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival; a selection of work will be shown in PhotoLab 6: The New Generation Photography Exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada from September 27, 2019 to March 22, 2020. Share this article and subscribe to our newsletters to stay up-to-date on the latest articles, Gallery news, exhibitions and events, and to learn more about art in Canada.