Ken Lum Wins 2023 Scotiabank Photography Award

Border Crossings would like to congratulate Ken Lum, winner of the 2023 Scotiabank Photography Award.

Ken Lum, Untitled Furniture Sculpture, 1986, from the series “Furniture Sculptures,” 1978 to present. Image courtesy Ken Lum.

Established by Scotiabank and Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, the award is presented annually to a photographer who receives a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the 2024 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, as well as a book of the their work to be published and distributed by Steidl.

Lum’s 45-year career spans photography, public art, sculpture, painting, essay-writing and curating, as well as the establishment of Monument Lab, a public art and history studio.

The interplay between Lum’s photographic work and the text that often accompanies it address individual experiences in relation to class and race, exploring the relationship between social issues and visual language.

Originally from Vancouver, Lum is the Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design in Philadelphia.

Lum is the cover artist of our recent issue PERFORMING, which features an extensive interview with the artist as well as a review of his exhibition “Death and Furniture.”

Read the Issue #161 interview with Lum, “Shaped and Shaping: The Cultural Influence of Ken Lum,” here.

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