Sarah Meister in conversation with Gloria Oyarzabal, Soumya Sankar Bose, Edgar Martins and June Canedo

Sarah Meister, photo curator at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, New York), receives the artists Gloria Oyarzabal, Soumya Sankar Bose , Edgar Martins and June Canedo, four authors of a boo k selected for the 2020 Awards.

Each of these four books have in common that they address major debates in the contemporary world: from the temptation to hide disturbing truths to the blind spots of Wes tern feminism, from questions of migration and citizenship to those of incarceration and its representations. Each author has formalized these subjects in works that reflect their complexity and gravity, without neglecting a highly accomplished tactile and aesthetic approach.

Sarah Hermanson Meister 

Sarah Hermanson Meister is photography curator at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is author of the recent publications Frances Benjamin Johnston: The Hampton Album (2019) and Dorothe a Lange: Words & Pictures (2020), and is instructor of the MoMA online course Seeing Through Photographs.

Gloria Oyarzabal

Gloria Oyarzabal is a Spanish artist who works between photography, cinema, and teaching. She has a BFA from the Complutense University Madrid and a master’s degree from the Blank Paper School of Photography, Madrid. Oyarzabal is cofounder of the Independent Cinema “La Enana Marrón” (The Brown Dwarf) Madrid (1999–2009), which was dedicated to the diffusion of films d’auteur and experimental and alternative cinema. From 2009–12, she lived in Bamako, Mali, developing her interests in the construction of the “idea of Africa,” histories of colonization and decolonization, new tactics of colonialism, and African feminisms. Her work has been shown at festivals and venues including FORMAT, Derby, UK; LagosPhoto, Nigeria; PHotoEspaña, Madrid; and the Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece; among others. In 2017, Oyarzabal won the Landskrona Foto Dummy Award, which allowed her to publish her first photobook, Picnos Tshombé. In 2018, she won the Encontros da Imagem Discovery Award. In 2019, her work was selected for the Images Vevey Dummy Award, PHOTO IS:RAEL Meitar Award for Excellence in Photography, and the Grand Prix Fotofestiwal.

Soumya Sankar Bose

Born and brought up in Midnapore, a small town near Kolkata(India). In school, I used to make little magazines expressing what I wanted to say. I think that’s where it all began. Then later my mother gifted me a small camera Kodak KB10, and from that day I was introduced with Photography. I was awarded Magnum Foundation’s Social Justice Fellowship for my Full Moon on a dark night project in 2017 and in 2018 have received Magnum Foundations’ Migration and religion grant. My other projects are also recipient of The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art's Amol Vadehra Art Grant, The Agroecology Fund, Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan's Five Million Incidents, Henry Luce Foundation's grant and India Foundation for the Arts grant. In 2019, I was one of the participants of World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass. Now I live and work from Kolkata and am represented by Gallery Experimenter. My work has appeared in The New York Times, NPR, Granta, Indian Express,The telegraph, BBC Online, Platform,, The caravan, Conde Nast etc. And has been shown in Houston Center For Photography, Indian Art Fair, Sepia Eye(New York), Goethe-Institut, Experimenter, Delhi Photo Festival and many more.

Edgar Martins

Edgar Martins was born in Évora (Portugal) ('77) but grew up in China. In '96 he moved to the UK, where he completed a BA in Photography at the University of the Arts, an MA in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art as well as a PHD in documentary Photography, (University of South Wales).
 His work is represented internationally in several collections. He has exhibited at the V&A, PS1 MoMA, MOPA (San Diego), MACRO (Rome), MAST (Bologna), Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis), Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), Centro de Arte Moderna (Lisbon), Museu do Oriente (Lisbon), MAAT (Lisbon), Centro Cultural Hélio Oiticica (Rio de Janeiro), The New Art Gallery Walsall (Walsall), The Gallery of Photography (Dublin), The Wolverhampton Art Gallery & Museum (UK), Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), the José de Guimarães International Art Centre (Portugal), etc. Edgar Martins was the recipient of the inaugural New York Photography Award (Fine Art cat.) in '08. Between '09 & '10 he was also awarded the BES Photo Prize (Portugal), two SONY World Photography Awards, 1st prize in the Fine Art— Abstract cat. of the '10 IPA as well as nominated for the Prix Pictet 2010. His latest book, What Photography & Incarceration have in Common with an Empty Vase has been shortlisted for the 2020 ParisPhoto & Aperture PhotoBook Awards, the PhotoEspaña Book Awards & the Meitar Award for Excelence. Edgar was selected to represent Macau (China) at the 54th Venice Biennale. He lives and works in the UK.

June Canedo de Souza

Raised in Brazil and in South Carolina, June Canedo de Souza is an artist based in New York. In 2014, she released her first photography project titled “Brazilian Girls”, an archive of the women of Brazil. This series was developed in response to the images that were projected internationally about Brazilian women during the 2014 Olympics. Canedo has since exhibited at The New Orleans Museum of Art, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, Fotografiska, MoMA PS1 Artbook, and more. In 2020, she released her first book titled “mara kuya”, a photography book that explores aspects of migration and family separation that are often overlooked, namely the mental health of children from mixed-status families. The project was exhibited at Larrie in New York and featured in Vogue, Wallstreet Journal, iD Magazine, and W Magazine. Canedo is also a founding member of Chroma, a creative studio that centers the work of women of color. Chroma offers strategies for innovative programming, visual content, immersive experiences, effective partnerships, and community empowerment.