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JURY AWARD OF THE LOUIS ROEDERER DISCOVERY AWARD 2021

The Jury Award is given to Tarrah Krajnak for Master Rituals II: Weston's Nudes.

Tarrah Krajnak’s work makes clear reference to the history of photography, on the one hand, and to the artist’s identity as a Latin-American woman, on the other. A sequel to her first critical homage to Ansel Adams, this series is consecrated to another North American « master », Edward Weston. Krajnak here re-enacts the famous Nudes. She takes the place of models Bertha Wardell and Charis Wilson, reproducing their poses—but also depicts herself as author of the photographs, a remote shutter release in hand. Restoring to the picture what Weston left outside the frame or emphasizing Weston’s framing choices—what he excluded—using simple wooden panels, Krajnak replays a significant chapter in the history of photography while re-focusing on the role of the female model. Through this performative and photographic act, Krajnak affirms her Latin-American identity and her body of color. She creates through her presence and the gesture of image reconstruction a dialogue with her predecessor, Weston, as well as with her contemporary viewers.

The jury was composed of :
Monica Allende, artistic director of Landskrona Foto festival and independent curator
Muriel Enjalran, director of the Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Léopold Meyer, former president and member of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Centre Pompidou
Anna Milone, independent curator
Marie Robert, chief curator at the Musée d'Orsay, in charge of photography

With the support of the Louis Roederer Foundation and Polka.
Posted on 11.07.2021