Belfast Exposed is very happy to announce that one of BE’s Futures Artists, Manon Ouimet, was awarded the ‘Overall Winner’ in The British Photography Award’s Portrait Photographer of the Year 2021.
Manon’s award-winning photograph, ‘Portrait of Dan’, is from her latest series ALTERED
Belfast Exposed is delighted that one of our ‘Future Artists’ Manon has won this prestigious award. She has an exceptional talent and her understanding of engagement in terms of both representation and aesthetic in her work is captivating.” – Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive, Belfast Exposed.
The Portrait Category encouraged submissions from a broad spectrum of artistic, innovative and refreshing takes on human portraiture. From the traditional to the avant-garde. Submissions were accepted from both inside and outside the studio, both heavily planned and more sporadic imagery.
ALTERED is a body of photographic work which aims to encourage inclusion by displaying the honesty of physical alterations. Capturing people connected by radical life-changing body alterations due to forms of violence ranging from health to political. The intention is to illuminate people who often feel marginalised and contribute to conversations about equality and diversity. The process of making these works also aims to encourage the sitters to increase their confidence and reclaim their identity, employing the practice of the ‘therapeutic gaze’ whereby the artistic process can take its participants on an emotional journey of self-discovery.
If you want to see more of Manon’s work, click on the link below: