Nasim Nasr is a finalist again, for the second consecutive year, in the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize 2018, with the above artwork, “33 Beads #11”.
Since relocating from Iran to Australia, I have attempted to highlight the complexities within contemporary notions of interchangeable identities and cultural difference. My practice of multiple-channel video, photography, performance, installation, 3D objects and sound, seeks to establish a symmetry or counterbalance of cultural and intellectual separation between East and West. ‘#11’ from the 33 beads series, engages these conditions through the compulsive and predominantly male habit of handling traditional prayer and non-prayer beads (worry beads/tasbih), in response to the fluctuating conditions of being ‘worried’ or ‘unworried’ about major life issues and concerns. The tension between the female hands and the worry beads suggests an unspoken metaphor – to hold on to one’s past or to let it go, sensing the cyclical and infinite nature of the human condition.
William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize.
Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia's most coveted photography prize. It is also one of the country's most open prizes for photography. In the past, finalists have included established and emerging photographers, art and commercial photographers. All film-based and digital work from amateurs and professionals is accepted. There are no thematic restrictions.
The prize creates a snapshot of contemporary photographic practice in Australia and continues to showcase excellence in photography, this year’s selection is no exception!