MOPA Puts On a Display of Power

Release Date: 
January 8, 2014

(San Diego, Calif.) – What does power look like? Is it the force of Mother Nature? A political leader’s influence? The ability to make a positive impact on the world? Does money equal power? See various interpretations of this concept at the Museum of Photographic Arts in their newest exhibition, Prix Pictet: Power, on display February 1 through May 18, 2014.

Prix Pictet, an annual juried prize, uses photography as an instrument to shed light on important social and environmental issues. Each year it selects one theme on which to focus. The first three themes were Water, Earth and Growth. Now in its 4th installment, Prix Pictet has selected Power as the subject of this year’s exhibition.

Photography professionals from around the world, including MOPA’s executive Director, Deborah Klochko, nominated over 650 photographers from 76 countries for the prize. A jury then whittled down that list, based on both artistry and the illustration of this year’s theme, to a final short list of twelve. These twelve photographers are featured in the exhibition with Luc Delahaye winning the actual Prix Pictet award.

According to Klochko, “at MOPA, we believe in photography’s ability to make a significant impact on the world around us. The Prix Pictet has made that the focus of their efforts and it allows both the photographer and the viewer to confront today’s global issues. Prix Pictet is a prestigious competition with an important message and we are proud to exhibit their work for a second time.”

The first time MOPA exhibited the Prix Pictet was Infinite Balance, which included works from the first three years of the competition. “It is no exaggeration to say that MOPA’s Infinite Balance, the first show to be curated from three successive editions of the Prix Pictet, was a creative and curatorial  triumph,” stated Michael Benson, Director of Prix Pictet. “This was the first time that work by the photographers shortlisted for the Prix Pictet had been shown in the US and MOPA gave us a great platform from which to observe the progress that the award had made since inception.  We are delighted to be returning to MOPA and look forward to working with the curatorial team to create an equally inspirational exhibition for Prix Pictet: Power.”

The Museum of Photographic Arts will have 56 images on display from the 12 featured artists. They are:

Luc Delahaye
Series: Various works: 2008 – 2011

Robert Adams
United States
Series: Turning Back

Daniel Beltrá
Spain/United States
Series: Spill

Mohamed Bourouissa
Series: Périphérique

Philippe Chancel
Series: Fukushima: The Irresistible Power of Nature

Edmund Clark
United Kingdom
Series: Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out

Carl De Keyzer
Series: Moments Before the Flood

Rena Effendi
Series: Still Life in the Zone

Jacqueline Hassink
The Netherlands
Series: Arab Domains

An-My Lê
Vietnam/United States
Series: 29 Palms

Joel Sternfeld
United States
Series: When it Changed

Guy Tillim
South Africa
Series: Congo Democratic

About Prix Pictet

Founded by the leading Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie in 2008, the Prix Pictet has rapidly established itself as the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. The award aims to uncover outstanding photography applied to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today.

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Featured image: Oil Spill #4: Oil mixed with dispersant rises up to the surface near one of the relief wells. © Daniel Beltrá, Prix Pictet Ltd

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