November 17, 2020, Vancouver, BC – Capture Photography Festival is pleased to announce Wang Qingsong as the recipient of its inaugural Printing Prize. The Capture Printing Prize is awarded annually to an artist participating in Capture’s Selected Exhibition program, and has a value of $10,000 CAD to be dedicated towards the production of the artist’s work for presentation in the Festival. The Capture Printing Prize is generously supported by Wesgroup.
Wang Qingsong states: “The year of 2020 is destined to be unusual and terrific. By cause of Covid-19, a lot of international exhibitions and exchanges have been cancelled, including a number of my overseas exhibitions. However, Capture Photography Festival has awarded me this opportunity which I greatly appreciate. The Prize offers me not only a simple gift of recognition, but also warmth and trust as an honour. I would like to thank every juror, organizer, and my curators Xiaoyan Yang and Steven Dragonn for their contribution. Thank you very much.”
The Printing Prize was juried by Claudia Beck, Writer, Curator and Collector, Tarah Hogue, Curator (Indigenous Art), Remai Modern, Ann Thomas, Senior Curator of Photographs, National Gallery of Canada, and Emmy Lee Wall, Capture’s Executive Director. Wall states: “We are very pleased to be able to support the production of Wang Qingsong’s work for presentation in Capture 2021 at Canton Sardine Gallery and are thrilled that this internationally exhibiting artist will be part of our upcoming Festival in April. We sincerely thank Wesgroup for their visionary support of artists and the art community.”
Wang Qingsong, graduated from Sichuan Academy of Fine Arts, has lived and worked in Beijing since 1993, and started photography making in 1996. Wang has held 40 solo exhibitions in many art museums and galleries, and he also participated in many international biennales such as the Gwangju Biennale, Taipei Biennale, Sydney Biennale, Shanghai Biennale, Venice Biennale, Istanbul Biennale, Kiev Biennale. Wang achieved Outreach Award in Renocontres de la Photographie in Arles, France in 2006. He also participated in curatorial commission such as The Yangtze International Photography Biennale and “Golden Panda Photography Award” in Chengdu, China, as well as other exhibitions. He is currently the art director of Chengdu Contemporary Image Museum. His works have been collected by over 60 public art museum around the world, including the New York International Photography Center, MoMA, Getty Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco MoMA, Queensland Art Museum in Australia, Mori Art Museum in Japan, Mito Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan, National Art Museum of Brazil, European Center of Photography in Paris, France, MUMOK in Austria, National Art Gallery of Victoria in Australia, V&A Museum in UK, Daegu Art Museum of South Korea, Art Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts in China, Fine Art Museum of Guangdong, China, Fine Art Museum of Hubei, China, etc.
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Capture is an annual festival devoted to presenting the most compelling lens-based art from local and international artists. Each April, photography and lens-based art is exhibited at dozens of galleries and other venues throughout Metro Vancouver as part of the Exhibition Program, alongside an extensive Public Art Program, a youth-oriented Learning Program, and an Events Program that spans tours, films, artist talks, and community events. Launched in 2013, the annual not-for-profit Capture Photography Festival is Western Canada’s largest lens-based art festival.