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Canberran named as a finalist for the Digital Portraiture Award 2017

HerCanberra Team

Canberran Josh Owen has been named among the nine finalists for the 2017 Digital Portraiture Awards. 

His four-minute, 25-second long digital portrait Treading Water (pictured) is one of nine entries in the running to receive $10,000 cash courtesy of the Portrait Gallery and an artistic residency valued at $15,000 at State Library of Queensland’s community makerspace, The Edge, which empowers creative experimentation across digital technologies.

22/f/aus by Sabella D’Souza Single channel HD digital video; 6 minutes 20 seconds

22/f/aus by Sabella D’Souza
Single channel HD digital video; 6 minutes 20 seconds

Judge and Director of Learning and Visitor Experience at the Portrait Gallery, Ms Karen Vickery, credits the nine finalists’ submissions as strong examples of the breadth and application of digital portraiture.

‘The judges were impressed by the quality of entries this year, particularly in the area of sound application. Themes of female, male, queer and racial identity flow through many of the finalists’ works. Each one is beautifully executed in the exploration of identity, contributing a different voice and interpretation,” said Ms Vickery.

Eileen by Sue Healey Single channel HD digital video; 6 minutes 3 seconds

Eileen by Sue Healey
Single channel HD digital video; 6 minutes 3 seconds

‘There are also some firsts this year. Two artists from the Northern Territory entered as individuals but created their works side-by-side. While selected independently, their works speak to each other in a unique and expressive way. For the first time in the history of the Award the judges have selected an installation piece as one of the finalists, a work that investigates the ubiquitous nature of selfie culture and may provide an interactive component for our visitors.”

The Digital Portraiture Award finalists for 2017 are:

  • Mundatju Munugurr , NT
  • Timothy Hillier, VIC
  • Patrick Bell, QLD
  • Ralph Kenke, NSW
  • Gutiarra Yunupiu, NT
  • Sabella D’Souza, NSW
  • Sue Healey, NSW
  • Josh Owen, ACT
  • Samantha Sommariva, VIC

 

The winner will be announced at the exhibition launch on Friday 1 December 2017 at 11.00am.

the essentials 

What: The Digital Portraiture Award 2017
When: On display from 1 December 2017 until 18 February 2018
Where: The National Portrait Gallery
Cost: Entry is free
Find more information: Here

Feature image: Treading Water by Josh Owen. Single channel digital video; 4 minutes 25 seconds. All images supplied. 

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