PhotoLab 6: New Generation Photography Award
View works of art by the 2019 New Generation Photography Award winners: Luther Konadu, Ethan Murphy, and Zinnia Naqvi. Sharing a common interest in using photography to explore identity, community, memory and history, the artists present photographs as fragments of a larger story, arranged to create a constellation of ideas and relationships.
Visitors are encouraged to form their own interpretations of the works, while reflecting upon the impact that their personal histories, biases, and values may have on what they see.
Now in its second year, the New Generation Photography Award recognizes outstanding work in the photographic arts by Canadians 30 and under.
Organized by the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada in partnership with Scotiabank.
Luther Konadu is a Winnipeg based artist and emerging writer of Ghanaian descent. He is also a content contributor for the online publication Public Parking, a collaborative project for highlighting the working practices of emerging creatives. 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 is a 2019 finalist of Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam’s 13th edition Foam Talent Call and recently exhibited at New York City’s Aperture Foundation.
Ethan Murphy was born and raised in St. John’s and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography Studies from Ryerson University. His photographs link identity and place by reflecting on the psychological impact of Newfoundland’s rural environment. Murphy’s work focuses on his experiences of leaving and returning to the island and his attempt to reconnect with its remote areas. Using photography as a mediator, the artist reconciles his relationship with identity and loss while examining the Newfoundland landscape post cod moratorium. His photographs function as personal documents that combine urban influence with a rural perspective.
Zinnia Naqvi is a visual artist based in Toronto. Her work uses a combination of photography, video, writings, archival footage and installation. Naqvi’s practice questions the relationship between authenticity and narrative, while dealing with larger themes of post colonialism, cultural translation, language, and gender. Her works often invite the viewer to question her process and working methods. Naqvi’s works have been shown across Canada and internationally. She recently received an honorable mention at the 2017 Karachi Biennale in Pakistan and was an Artist in Residence at the Art Gallery of Ontario as part of EMILIA-AMALIA Working Group.
– Ann Thomas, Interim Chief Curator of the National Gallery of Canada and Chair of the Jury