For the second consecutive year, in 2016 the Rencontres de la photographie is offering an award to fund the publication of a dummy book.
Endowed with a €25,000 budget, the award is open to all professional photographers and artists using photography who submit a previously unpublished dummy book. Experimental and innovative forms will receive special consideration.
The application deadline is 7 May. An international jury will choose the winner in June.
The 2016 winner’s dummy book, as well as those of the nominees, will be exhibited this summer during the Rencontres d’Arles.
Katja STUKE & Oliver SIEBER
"You and Me
A project between Bosnia, Germany and the US"
« "You and Me" deals with the history of a Bosnian-born refugee living in Düsseldorf in the 90s before moving to the US., the connection between Bosnia, Germany and the US but also our own context and relation to this past. We didn’t just want to tell a story of the past but shift the perspective to the presence and the future and the connection between the three countries through military, politics, photo-history, music or movies. The dummy includes more than 150 images organized in 22 chapters reflecting the different aspects of the series, and 5 other chapters including researchmaterial, background-information, some short stories and a text by Aleksandar Hemon. »
« "You and Me, A project between Bosnia, Germany and the US" by Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber is a deep and complex body of work about displacement, the Balkan Wars, migration, identity, Germany, USA, religion, and more. But yet, it is also the story of a woman, and her life guides us through all this major, urgent topics. The dummy book is ambitious, extremely well structured, compelling and moving. It has all the ingredients to be their masterpiece. »
Elisa Medde (FOAM), jury member
"Monsanto: a Photograpic Investigation"
« For the past 4 years I have traveled the USA and Vietnam photographing the social and ecological consequences of the reckless history of the Monsanto Corporation, through a series of portraits, landscapes, memorabilia, image appropriation and documents gathering from diverse sources as well as video. »
« Mathieu Asselin with his "Monsanto: a Photographic Investigation has put together a very strong and mature body of work. A topic of great importance investigated with method, and a story told with beautiful photography and a strong and multi-layered editorial approach. All wrapped up in a very solid book object, that can easily be imagined as a great exhibition. Bravo. »
Elisa Medde (FOAM), jury member
We have received for this second edition 300 photobooks from 37 countries.
The selected 25 projects for the LUMA Dummy Book Award Arles 2016 are:
Coline AMOS- Dihvin Idylle
Mathieu ASSELIN - Monsanto: a photographic investigation
BRODBECK & DE BARBUAT - In search of eternity
Lewis BUSH- Shadows of the state
Gaël CLARIANA - Les chasses de Gaël Clariana
Hannah DARABI - Haut Bas Fragile
Benoît FOUGEIROL - Zus
Sébastien GIRARD – Starring
Naomi HARRIS – EUSA
Miho KAJIOKA - I, Tralfamadorian
Yannis KARPOUZIS - Parallel crisis
Isabelle LE MINH - La dioptrique des cartes de visite
Jaeuk LEE - New town
Justyna MIELNIKIEWICZ - A Ukraine runs through it
Juan MILLAS - A grove of trees from a point of view
Alfonso MORAL RODRIGUEZ – ZERO
Atsuko MURANO ABALOS – Beachcombing With John
Sergey NOVIKOV – ZATO
Hiroshi OKAMOTO - Recruit
Miyuki OKUYAMA - Dear Japanese
Claudius SCHULZE - State of Nature
Oliver/Katja SIEBER/STUKE - YOU AND ME, A project between Bosnia, Germany and the US
Alnis STAKLE - Melancholic Road
Kris VERVAEKE - House full of gold
Lijie ZHANG - Midnight Tweedle
The jury was composed of :
Maja HOFFMANN - founder & director LUMA Foundation, France
Luce LEBART – independant curator, head of collections at Société Française de Photographie, Paris, France
Elisa MEDDE – FOAM managing editor, Amsterdam
Sam STOURDZE - director Les Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles, France