Conversation entre Sarah Meister, Gloria Oyarzabal, Soumya Sankar Bose, Edgar Martins et June Canedo


Sarah Meister, curatrice photo au Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, New York), reçoit les artistes Gloria Oyarzabal, Soumya Sankar Bose, Edgar Martins et June Canedo, chacun auteur d’un livre sélectionné pour les prix 2020.
Ces quatre livres ont en commun d’aborder des grands débats du monde contemporain, de la tentation de cacher les vérités qui dérangent aux angles morts du féminisme occidental, des questions migratoires et de citoyenneté à celles de l’incarcération et de ses représentations. Chaque auteur a formalisé ces sujets dans des ouvrages rendant compte de leur complexité et de leur gravité, sans négliger une approche tactile et esthétique très aboutie.

(biographies des participant.e.s en anglais)

Sarah Meister
Sarah Meister is photography curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is author of the recent publications Frances Benjamin Johnston: The Hampton Album (2019) and Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures (2020), and is instructor of the MoMA online course Seeing Through Photographs.

Gloria Oyarzabal
Gloria Oyarzabal is a Spanish artist who works between photography, cinema, and teaching. From 2009–12, she lived in Bamako, Mali, developing her interests in the construction of the “idea of Africa,” histories of colonization and decolonization, new tactics of colonialism, and African feminisms.
In Woman Go No’Gree, Gloria Oyarzabal asks, “Can we assume social relations in all societies are organized around biological sexual differences?” Oyarzabal tackles this question by exploring colonialism and white feminism in West Africa through the use of found imagery, archives, and her own photography.

Soumya Sankar Bose
Born and brought up in Midnapore, a small town near Kolkata(India) he was awarded Magnum Foundation’s Social Justice Fellowship for my Full Moon on a dark night project in 2017 and in 2018 has received Magnum Foundations’ Migration and religion grant.
His book Where the Birds Never Sing is a riveting story told in fits and starts, gathering together a series of images, documents, and textual commentary to address the 1979 massacre of Bengali refugees on Marichjhapi Island in Sundarban, West Bengal. Soumya Sankar Bose has worked with survivors of this traumatic event to recall and, at times, reenact memories of their survival for his camera.

Edgar Martins
Edgar Martins was born in Évora (Portugal) (’77) and grew up in China. In ’96 he moved to the UK, where he completed a BA in Photography at the University of the Arts, an MA in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art as well as a PHD in documentary Photography, (University of South Wales). He has exhibited widely and has received numerous prizes for his work.He lives and works in Portugal and the UK.His latest book, What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase is a two-part photobook created in collaboration with inmates at a prison in The Midlands (England).  In this densely packed project, Martins wrestles with crucial questions about the ontology of representation, absence and the experience of incarceration.

June Canedo
Raised in Brazil and in South Carolina, June Canedo de Souza is an artist based in New York.
In 2020, she released her first book titled Mara Kuya, that tells the story of a family separated by citizenship status. Taken over the course of seven years between Brazil and South Carolina, Canedo’s photographs present a striking, yet tender look into her family’s life and experiences, while also considering the often overlooked emotional and psychological toll caused by migration and separation.

Gloria Oyarzabal — Woman Go No’Gree

Soumya Sankar Bose – Where the Birds Never Sing

Edgar Martins – What Photography & Incarceration Have in Common with an Empty Vase

June Canedo de Souza – Mara Kuya