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POWER – Istanbul Modern Hosts Prix Pictect

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Rena Effendi. Hanna Zavarotnya’s pig, butchered for the holidays. 79yr old Hanna survived WWII Nazi occupation and the great famine of Stalin’s blockade after being almost eaten alive by her villagers. She resettled back in her village just days after the nuclear disaster

Rena Effendi Gas masks, the floor of a school lobby in the abandoned city of Prypiat. As a result of the nuclear accident and subsequent radioactive fallout the entire population of Prypiat was evacuated and never returned home

Rena Effendi
Gas masks, the floor of a school lobby in the abandoned city of Prypiat. As a result of the nuclear accident and subsequent radioactive fallout the entire population of Prypiat was evacuated and never returned home

Tonight’s radio show is an interview with Candlestar director Michael Benson about the Prix Pictet, followed by a short piece with Eva Eguiguren on a Bilbao -New York -Abu Dhabi initiative to boost arts management.

Prix Pictet is the first ever prize dedicated to photography and sustainability is on tour. With Kofi Anan as president, the prize, seeks to award photographers of any discipline working on themes set by the panel, e.g ‘Growth‘. The photos should highlight issues around global sustainability. Certainly the pictures that we’ve seen show the world in a stimulating, insightful and often vital manner, and it’s no surprise that after each prize the shortlisted photographs end up in a generous, hard-back book. Pictured are the  works of Azerbaijani photographer Rena Effendi taken in Prypiata ghost-town near the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, within the Exclusion Zone. Effendi grew up in the USSR and is currently based in Egypt.

Founded in 2008 by Swiss private bank Pictet & Cie, prize themes so far have been ‘Water’, ‘Earth’, ‘Growth’ and currently ‘Power’. The awarded Prix Pictet has two elements: the prize of CHF 100,000 (nearly £70,000) and the Commission, where a nominated photographer undertakes a field trip to a region where the Bank is supporting a sustainability project.

After that we hear how the Guggenheim Bilbao, New York University and Deusto Business School (Spain) have created a truly international arts management course for today’s art market.

Thanks to Adele Fletcher and Emenlina Soares respectively for conducting tonight’s interviews. Repeats Wed 17th 13.30-14hrs.

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