The Swiss photographer Arunà Canevascini is the winner of the recent edition of the Book Dummy Award, an open call for entries organised by La Fábrica and Photo London, for her book 'Villa Argentina'. The award consists in the publication and distribution of the book by La Fábrica, which will then presented at Photo London 2018 and exhibited along with the 20 finalists in PHotoESPAÑA 2018.
[Photography: © Arunà Canevascini]
The jury of the Book Dummy Award 2017 has chosen the project 'Villa Argentina' by the Swiss photographer Arunà Canevascini as the winner of this edition.
The open call for entries, which is international in scope, is organized by La Fábrica and Photo London, with the collaboration of the graphic arts company Brizzolis and the British Journal of Photography, with the objective of selecting and publishing a photobook by an artist that stands out for its quality, singularity and international projection.
For the award, La Fábrica will edit and distribute the book 'Villa Argentina' with a minimum print run of 1000 copies. The publication will then be presented at Photo London 2018 and will be exhibited together with the other 20 finalists in the exhibition The Best Photography Book of the Year Award PHotoESPAÑA 2018.
'Villa Argentina' is a visual exploration of the relationship between the photographer and her mother that takes place at the family home in southern Switzerland. Canevascini´s mother is an Iranian artist that spent her infancy as a secluded child in Tehran, a state of isolation that in certain ways she replicates in her adult life.
While growing up in Switzerland, the photographer´s Iranian heritage came to her as a distant echo. The book presents the Villa Argentina as a stage for her poetic universe and as the backdrop for compositions with objects created by the artist for the camera. With this creative solitude in duo, the work aims to explore issues related to domesticity, femininity, and migration.
Arunà Canevascini is a Swiss photographer of Iranian origin that has just completed her bachelor´s degree in photography at the ECAL in 2016. She also earned a diploma in photography at the École de Photographie de Vevey CEPV (2010-2012). Her work has been exhibited at important international festivals such as Fri-ARt Kunsthalle, Friburgo, Germany (2017), Verzasca Foto Festival, Sonogno, Switzerland (2017), Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens (2017), Swiss Design Award, MCH Messe, Basel (2017), Riga Photomonth, Projection Facts and Clarifications, Riga (2017), Vfg Sicht, Photobastei, Zurich (2017) and the Festival Circulation(s), Centquatre, Paris (2017), among others.
The jury was formed by the photography curators and experts Mónica Allende, Rodrigo Orrantia and Susan Bright; the designer Fernando Gutiérrez; photographers Cristina de Middel (National Photography Award 2017) and Stephen Gill; the director of the project Prix Pictet Lisa Springer; the editor of the British Journal of Photography Simon Bainbridge; and the general director and editor of La Fábrica Álvaro Matías.