Press Release: The Lind Prize 2021

The Polygon Gallery is pleased to present The Lind Prize 2021 from September 29 to October 17, 2021. This year’s showcase of British Columbia’s top emerging talent features 17 finalists for the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize. Their work spans a breadth of approaches to photography that include photographic prints, photo-sculpture, video installation and film.

“The Polygon was honoured to receive over 70 nominations from across the province this year. With an exhibition showcasing the work of 17 finalists, The Lind Prize continues to expand as a critical showcase of emerging artistic voices in BC,” says Reid Shier, Director of The Polygon Gallery.

Established in 2016, the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize is awarded annually to an emerging BC-based artist working in mediums of film, photography, or video. Artists are nominated for the prize by staff and faculty from established arts institutions, organisations, and post-secondary programs from across the province.The majority of this year’s finalists are recent film and visual arts graduates from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia (including their Okanagan campus), and the University of Victoria.

The Lind Prize 2021 exhibiting finalists include: Rebecca Bair, Mollie Burke
, Hannah Campbell, Steven Cottingham
, Jacen Dennis, Sai Di, Suzanne Friesen, Levi Glass, Jordan Hill, Kevin Holliday, Ana Valine, Deb Silver, Graeme Wahn, Graham Wiebe, Gloria Wong, Qiuli Wu, and Charlotte Zhang. (Annotated bios below).

The winner of the Lind Prize will be selected by a jury of arts professionals. The winner receives $5,000 and a chance to produce a project with The Polygon Gallery. This will be announced at a distanced award ceremony on September 28.

Previous Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize winners include Laura Gildner (2020), Jessica Johnson (2019), Christopher Lacroix (2018), Marisa Kriangwiwat Holmes (2017), Vilhelm Sundin (2016).

Presenting Sponsor

This exhibition is part of The Polygon Gallery’s
Emerging Artist Mentorship Program, generously supported by

Banner Image: Charlotte Zhang, Every Method, video still, 2021, courtesy the artist.


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The Lind Prize 2021
Dates: September 29 – October 17, 2021
Gallery Hours: Wednesday, 10:00am – 5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am – 8:00pm; Friday – Sunday, 10:00am – 5:00pm Address
101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver, Territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəýəm (Musqueam) Nations.

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By donation, courtesy of BMO Financial Group.


2021 Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize Finalists

Rebecca Bair, a Vancouver-based interdisciplinary artist who holds an MFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design (ECUAD). Through figurative and abstract means, her artworks celebrate Black plurality and uncover the complexities of history and identity.

Mollie Burke, a Vancouver-based sculptor who holds an MFA from ECUAD. She creates intricate glass sculptures that suggest the complex relationships between digital and material worlds where screen technologies and mediated data interact.

Hannah Campbell, a Vancouver-based photographer who holds an MFA from Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her photographic installations are focused on themes of shared experience, collective memories and storytelling.

Steven Cottingham, a Vancouver-based artist who holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is currently in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in New York. In response to the politics of visualization and surveillance, his media works address how realism can be understood in a time when photographs are indistinguishable from computer-generated images.

Jacen Dennis, a Kelowna-based new media artist who holds an MFA from UBC Okanagan. His immersive multi-projector installations of slow video loops combine film and photography with digital animation.

Sai Di, a Vancouver-based multimedia artist who hold a BFA from UBC. Working with lens-based technology, she creates non-linear spaces that disrupt bodily experiences of time and motion.

Suzanne Friesen, Vancouver-based photographer, cinematographer, and filmmaker who holds a BFA in Film Production from SFU. A cinematography instructor who uses hand-processed, alternative, and low-fi lens-based techniques and technologies to create meditative films.

Levi Glass, a Victoria-based artist who holds an MFA from the University of Victoria (UVIC). His internationally exhibited photographs depict the mundane and neglected things express a deep appreciation for everyday environments.

Jordan Hill, a Vancouver Island-based multimedia artist who holds an MFA from UVIC. Working with CGI technology, his immersive video installations provoke questions about how to navigate a manipulated world where the real and virtual intersect.

Kevin Holliday, a Vancouver-based screen-based installation artist who holds an MFA from ECUAD. Their assemblages incorporate original and appropriated video to interpret digital life, and the confluences between identity, subjectivity and post-human culture.

Deb Silver, a Fraser Valley-based photographer, print maker and sculptor who holds an MFA from ECUAD. Using processes tied to changing ecosystems, her analogue photographs, dyed with lichen, celebrate the interdependent relationships between water, root systems, lichen and fungi that create healthy, complex environments.

Ana Valine, a Vancouver-based writer and film director who holds an MFA from ECUAD. Her award winning films have screened internationally, and her media installations feature celluloid footage, processed by hand with seaweed and salt water.

Graeme Wahn, a Kelowna-based visual artist and photographer who holds an MFA from SFU. He works with photography as a tool to reveal the complexities that shape our experiences of the world.

Graham Wiebe, a Victoria-based multimedia artist who holds an MFA from UVIC. His internationally exhibited photo-sculptures of manipulated images, transferred onto birch panels, free photographs from their status as precious objects.

Gloria Wong, a Vancouver-based photographer who holds a BFA from ECUAD. In response to the colonial histories of Hong Kong, Macau and Vancouver, she interprets the nuances of East Asian diasporic identities formed by the intersections of family, migration and history

Qiuli Wu, a Vancouver-based filmmaker who holds a BFA from SFU. Her experimental moving pictures analyze social and political systems through storytelling and fabulation.

Charlotte Zhang, a Vancouver Island/Los Angeles-based multimedia artist who is currently studying film/video at the California Institute of the Arts. Her videos and writing reflect an interest in re-enactments of shared, libidinal fantasies and the social scripts produced by spectacle.


Press Contact
Michael Mann
m.mann@thepolygon.ca
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