Following two days deliberating 100 applications pre-selected from amongst 600 projects encompassing almost 60 countries, the jury of international professionals chaired by the American artist James Casebere and comprising Julien Frydman, development director of the Luma Foundation, Arles (France), Marta Gili, director of Jeu de Paume, Paris (France), Kira Pollack, photo editor of TIME, New York (USA) and Ramón Reverté, editor-in-chief of RM publishers, (Mexico) granted the Vevey International Photography Award 2015/2016 to Christian Patterson (United States) for his project Gong Co. The winner receives a grant of 40’000CHF to realize this project in one year and present it at the Festival Images in September 2016.
The jury states:
“It is rare to see so many strong projects that require so much thoughtful discussion to reach consensus. The Vevey international photography award aims to help realize a project and bring it to life. Christian Patterson’s “Gong Co” fits perfectly this ambition with a multi-layered approach that challenges and broadens the more conventional uses of photography. In September 2016 this American photographer will build an immersive storefront installation in Vevey, including photographs, products and objects from a Mississippi grocery store that was recently shuttered.
Born in 1972 in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Christian Patterson lives and works in New York. A selftaught photographer, his work became internationally renowned particularly following the success of Redheaded Peckerwood, a book published by MACK in 2011. He sums up his proposal for the Vevey International Photography Award quoting Andy Warhol: ‘All stores will become museums and all museums will become stores.’