Aaron Jones awarded The Gattuso Prize


Aaron Jones, Untitled, 2017, from the exhibition Closed Fist, Open Palm at Zalucky Contemporary, 2020. Photo: Toni Hafkenscheid, all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Zalucky Contemporary.

Aaron Jones awarded The Gattuso Prize for his exhibition Closed Fist, Open Palm at Zalucky Contemporary

The Gattuso Prize of $5,000 acknowledges an outstanding Featured Exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. The Featured Exhibitions, selected to be part of the Festival through a juried submission process, are independently organized by artists, venues, and organizations across the city.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Festival was adapted to reflect the changing reality of experiencing art. The criteria for The Gattuso Prize was also adapted to reflect the fact that many exhibitions were postponed, cancelled, or presented online. The jury this year, Liz Ikiriko (Assistant Curator, Art Gallery of York University) and Sabrina Maltese (independent curator), based their decision soley on the conceptual and technical excellence of the artist’s body of work.

Aaron Jones is a multi-disciplinary visual artist based in Toronto. His practice surrounds ideas of self-reflection and character-building, as a way of finding peace. Often using found images, videos and lens-based media, he works with different forms of collage to build characters and spaces that reflect upon the nuances of his own upbringing, current life and the environment. He graduated with a BA from OCADU in 2018 and is an active member of the BAU Collective. His work is included in the collections of Ryerson Image Centre, Wedge Curatorial Projects, and numerous private collections.

CONTACT gratefully acknowledges the generous support and contributions of La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso. The Foundation demonstrates strong leadership and influences innovation across all charitable sectors in Canada including health care, culture and the arts.


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