Congratulations to Shoufay Derz on being selected as a finalist in both the 2019 Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award and the 2019 Bowness Prize.
As part of the Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award Shoufay will exhibit her recent triptych Via Negative – a series of large scale phtographs which capture the panoramic USA Badlands landscape. Named for a philosophical mode of alluding to, or describing ‘what is not’, Derz seeks terrains both physical and psychological – internal landscapes that are at the intersection of memory and triggered by traces and inescapable transcriptions of the past in the present.
Since 2001 The Hazelhurst Art on Paper Award has been a significant national biennial exhibition that aims to elevate the status of works on paper while supporting and promoting artists working with this medium. With prize money totalling $26,000, the Award showcases outstanding art created with, on or about paper.
Showing as part of the Bowness Photography Prize, Derz will present Under Erasure, a 2018 photographic work.
The Bowness Photography Prize has become an important survey of contemporary photographic practice and one of the most prestigious prizes in the country, providing Australian artists with the opportunity to exhibit at one of Australia’s leading public galleries. Since 2017 the prize has been acquisitive and the $30,000 cash prize awarded to the winner ensures that it continues to provide a significant boost to an artist’s career. The Sotheby’s Australia People’s Choice Award has been doubled this year from $2,500 to $5,000.
This year’s judging panel consisted of MGA Director, Anouska Phizacklea, Director of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Chris Saines and acclaimed artist Dr Christian Thompson AO.