Major Chinese Award
inaugural international award for curatorial excellence
Alasdair Foster has won the inaugural international award for curatorial excellence at the 2013 Pingyao International Festival of Photography in Shanxi, China. The Jin Hou Niao Zun trophy was presented at a glittering televised event staged on Saturday 21 September in the newly opened Memory Theatre before an invited audience of international and Chinese VIPs.
The PIP Awards were established in 2010 to mark the annual festival’s first decade and have rapidly grown in stature in the intervening years. 2013 is the first year in which curators have been recognised, with a single award for an international curator and two for curators within China (won this year by Du Xiyun and Ng Fong Chao, respectively).
Alasdair Foster received the award for work as commissioner / senior curator of the Latin-American Pavilion, which featured five exhibitions each individually curated by leading figures from Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela under the collective title of ‘The Extraordinary within the Ordinary’. This was Mr Foster’s fifth presentation at the festival. In 2010, 2011 and 2012 artists exhibiting in his curatorial projects received international photographer awards.
The event was reported widely in the Chinese press and media.
Further reports on PIP13 will be posted in coming weeks. Meanwhile CDC is off to Russia to present the work of four Australian artists at PhotoVisa festival in Krasnodar. More information here
Jin Hou Niao Zun trophy [photo: Benedict Foster]
Alasdair Foster after receiving his award [photo: Kirsty Foster]