Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2017

Congratulations to Polly Borland, who was awarded the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2017

Chris Saines, Director of Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) announced Polly Borland as the 2017 winner of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award presented by Gold Coast City Gallery.

“Polly Borland’s Two Heads A 2016 is a compelling, edgy and uncanny photograph. It is a deserving winner of the Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award 2017. Simultaneously enigmatic and fetishistic, its subject’s upper torso and head is pressed into a stretched stocking. This wilful distortion of the portrait convention gives the figure the outline of a babushka doll, whose image is mirrored (Rorschach blot-like) top and bottom rather than side by side. It’s an intriguing essay in pictorial and psychological contradiction and, as if engaged in some wilfully corrupted version of the Narcissus myth, I found it hard to look away. It was, in the end, the photograph to which I found myself returning most often,” said this year’s judge Chris Saines, CNZM, Director of Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.

As the winner of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2017, Borland is awarded a cash prize of $25,000 and her work Two Heads A acquired as part of the Gold Coast City Gallery collection.

An initiative of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Foundation, in 2017 the Award honours the memory of Win Schubert AO (1937-2017) and her extraordinary generosity as a lifelong custodian of Australian photography, art and creativity. With an additional $25,000 for acquisitions, works by Darren Sylvester, Broken Model and Danie Mellor, The distance (envisioning Girrugarr) were also selected; and will join the Gallery’s collection of contemporary Australian photography.

Chris Saines commented upon Danie Mellor’s work stating, “Danie Mellor’s work rediscovers or re-invents the work of late nineteenth and early twentieth century landscape photographers, now, with the insertion of a spectral Aboriginal presence buried within its heart.

And on the striking work by Sylvester, Saines stated, “Darren Sylvester re-stages a moment of high fashionista drama on a Paris catwalk – the nominal crowning of supermodel Coco Rocha as Miss Jean Paul Gaultier 2014 – when she unexpectedly returned to earth.”

This year saw more than 300 submissions from a diverse range of photographers, many local to the Gold Coast and new entries to the Award.

The winner and all Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2017 finalists will have their work presented at Gold Coast City Gallery in a free exhibition.

EXHIBITION
Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award 2017
Until 22 October 2017
Gold Coast City Gallery, Qld

Courtesy the artists and Gold Coast City Gallery, Qld.