From February 1, 2014 until May 18, 2014, the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) will present ‘Prix Pictet: Power‘, a group exhibition with work by the nominees of the 2013 Prix Pictet, including work by Jacqueline Hassink from her ‘Arab Domains’ series.
Prix Pictet, the global award in photography and sustainability, has chosen Power as the theme for its fourth cycle. As a theme, Power has enormous creative reach, embracing both hope and despair in equal measure. Over two hundred nominators worldwide recommended almost 650 photographers from seventy-six countries, many of whom presented images that are both awe-inspiring and disturbing.
French photographer Luc Delahaye is this year’s winner. The short list includes photographers Robert Adams (United States), Daniel Beltrá (Spain/United States), Mohamed Bourouissa (Algeria/France), Philippe Chancel (France), Edmund Clark (United Kingdom), Carl De Keyzer (Belgium), Rena Effendi (Azerbaijan/Egypt), Jacqueline Hassink (the Netherlands), An-My Lê (Vietnam/United States), Joel Sternfeld (United States), and Guy Tillim (South Africa). In his foreword to the book that accompanies the award, Kofi A. Annan, former secretary general of the United Nations and honorary president of the Prix Pictet, writes, “The work of the short-listed photographers provides a vivid portrait of human vulnerability. But they also remind us that the same forces that might engender despair can also be the source of great hope. They evoke a heartening reminder of our capacity for humanity, courage, and solidarity in the face of adversity.”
Jacqueline Hassink (born 15 July 1966) is a Dutch visual artist. She lives and works in New York City. Hassink is well known for her global art projects that deal with the world of economic power. Her work represents visual, graphic, and sociological maps of the axes of global economic structures. Her first art project, The Table of Power (1993–95), was followed by projects such as: Female Power Stations: Queen Bees (1996–2000), Car Girls (2002–08), Haute Couture Fitting Rooms, Paris (2003–12), and The Table of Power 2 (2009-11). Hassink’s work has been widely collected and exhibited, including shows at Huis Marseille in Amsterdam; Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur; Amador Gallery and ICP in New York; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum for Photography, Tokyo; The Photographers’ Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Guangzhou Museum of Modern Art, Guangzhou. Hassink has lectured at Harvard University in conceptual photography and at the International Center for Photography in New York. Recently Jacqueline was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet 2013, the world’s first prize dedicated to photography and sustainability. Starting at the Saatchi gallery in London 9 October 2012, the Prix Pictet exhibition is now on world tour. Her new book The Table of Power 2, was nominated for the ‘2012 Paris Photo/ Aperture Book Award’ as one the ten best photo books of the year. The book appeared on the shortlist for the ‘PHotoEspaña Best Photography Book of the Year Award’, and received a second place. In 2013 she was the winner of the Dutch Doc Award 2013 in Amsterdam and has been shortlisted for two European photography awards; the 2013 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award in Paris and the Entrepeneur 4.0 Award in Harthausen (Germany). Hassink’s work has appeared in The Financial Times, Le Monde, The New York Times, El Pais, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Reuters, De Standaard, NZZ, Newsweek, Fortune, Wired and more.
Launched in 2008 by the Geneva-based wealth and asset management group Pictet, the Prix Pictet aims to uncover outstanding photography that confronts the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today. It has rapidly established itself as the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability.