A huge congratulations to Gabriela Bulisova, a Corcoran College of Art + Design faculty member in both the Photography and New Media Photojournalism degree programs, who was announced as the recipient of the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize on Saturday, July 13. As winner, Bulisova will receive a $25,000 prize.
Bulisova’s winning multimedia project, “Time Zone,” depicts Lashawna Etheridge-Bey, a 39-year-old Washington resident who was released from prison in December 2011 after 18 years behind bars. The work includes photographs as well as a 12-minute video featuring interviews with Etheridge-Bey and her mother, son and friend. The work focuses on Etheridge-Bey’s effort to recreate a life after imprisonment.
Read full artist’s statement here.
Bulisova said: “I am humbled and extremely honored by the jurors’ decision. For the past four years I’ve been working on the issues of incarceration and reentry in Washington, D.C., and I am eager and excited to continue exploring what I perceive is one of the most important civil rights issues of our time. This prize will help me do that.”
See her full portfolio here.
Bulisova was among six finalists, including Larry Cook and Louie Palu, both of whom have been shown in exhibitions at the Corcoran. An image from Palu’s “Home Front” project, depicting U.S. Marine Gysgt. Carlos “OJ” Orjuela, serves as a key image for WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, now on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art through September 29.
This summer, the Corcoran College of Art + Design awarded Bulisova a Faculty Development Grant, supported by Constance Bergfors, a longtime supporter of the Corcoran. The grant will support Bulisova’s current project, “Take and Give: Victims and Offenders in Dialogue.”
Gabriela Bulisova is a documentary photographer from the former Czechoslovakia, based in Washington, D.C. She carries her camera to the world’s marginalized places, including Chernobyl, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria, to give voice to those who have been silenced.
- Image: Gabriela Bulisova, from “Home Front,” courtesy the artist.