January 24th, 2014
Edmund Clark and Jacqueline Hassink in Conversation (Video)
In conjunction with the exhibition Prix Pictet: Power, which opened at Aperture Gallery on December 5, 2013, Aperture hosted a conversation between two of Prix Pictet’s short-listed photographers, Edmund Clark and Jacqueline Hassink. This was Prix Pictet’s fourth cycle, and nearly 650 photographers worldwide were nominated for the prize. Of the winning work, Kofi A. Annan, former secretary general of the United Nations and honorary president of the Prix Pictet, writes, “The work of the short-listed photographers provides a vivid portrait of human vulnerability. But they also remind us that the same forces that might engender despair can also be the source of great hope. They evoke a heartening reminder of our capacity for humanity, courage, and solidarity in the face of adversity.”
Following an introduction by Aperture deputy director Sarah McNear, Clark and Hassink discussed the evolution of their projects, their experiences photographing, and their approaches to the theme of Power. Clark’s series Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out, which took him inside Guantanamo Bay and to the homes of former inmates, provided an interesting contrast to Hassink’s series, Arab Domains, which brought her to the residences and boardrooms of some of the most influential women in the Middle East. They ended the evening by inviting the audience to participate in a brief Q&A session.