The Curve: Center Award Winners, 2011
New Mexico Museum of Art
May 18, 2011 through Jul 10, 2011

The New Mexico Museum of Art partners this year with Center, Santa Fe’s renowned organization supporting gifted photographers, on an exhibition of photographs by Tamas Dezso and the collaborative team of Michel Palazzi and Alessandro Penso, first-place winners in the 16th Annual Center Awards for Project Competition and Project Launch. The exhibition opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art May 20 and runs through July 10, 2011. “Working with Center provides the museum an opportunity to share work by talented newcomers from all over the world with our audiences in New Mexico,” said New Mexico Museum of Art Curator of Photography Katherine Ware. “It’s a wonderful chance to see what’s happening in photography internationally in a language we can all appreciate and understand.” Speaking about Center’s objectives in sponsoring the competition, Executive Director Laura Pressley said, “The Annual Center Awards offer a bird’s-eye view of the current state of contemporary photography and what inspires people from all over the world to make images. Center’s awards honor meaningful stories and bring to light new and effective photographic vocabularies.” For his series begun in 2009 Here, Anywhere, Tamas Dezso received first place in the Project Competition. Here, Anywhere offers a desolate yet beautiful examination of a post-Communist town in Hungary, his home country—streets and whole districts left behind, frozen in their past, by the country’s decades-long wrenching political transition. Dezso writes about the abandoned structures in this series, “…what remains would either be silently reconquered by nature or enveloped by the lifestyles of tomorrow’s generations.” Dezso’s project was selected by an international trio of jurors: Simon Baker, curator of photography and international art at the Tate Modern in London; Alexa Becker, acquisitions editor at Kehrer Verlag in Heidelberg; and Christina Cahill, deputy director of editorial reportage at Getty Images in New York. This year’s first-place winners of Center’s Project Launch award are the Italian photographers Michele Palazzi and Alessandro Penso, for their collaborative series Migrant Workers Journey. Selected for the prize by publisher Dewi Lewis, of Dewi Lewis Publishing in England, this body of work addresses the working conditions of migrant agricultural workers harvesting tomatoes in Basilicata, in southern Italy. “A project such as this needs to go beyond the portrayal of the workers simply as victims, it must reveal our common humanity,” Lewis said of his reasons for supporting this ongoing series. This program is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information, contact Katherine Ware at 505-476-5088 or

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