The MFON Legacy Grant
We are pleased to announce the winner of the Inaugural MFON Legacy Grant. We received nearly 100 applications from photographers around the world. The works were arresting, thoughtful and wonderfully crafted. The MFON Legacy Grant is an unrestricted prize of $1000 and a feature in the upcoming journal.
We would like to thank our esteemed panel of judges listed below and to everyone who submitted an application to our grant.
Honorable Mentions: Lauren Crew and Miora Rajaonary
Eve Tagny lives in Montréal, Québec, Canada in between her travels. She holds a BFA in Film Production from Concordia University and a certificate in Journalism from the University of Montréal. Navigating between writing, photography, video and plant-based installations, she explores themes pertaining to body politics and the evolving definitions of hybrid identities. Most recently, her practice has focused on restoring traumatic disruptions through nature.
Her work has been exhibited abroad and in Canada, in places such as at the Gladstone Gallery and Xpace Centre in Toronto, and most recently at Never Apart in Montreal, where she presented her book dummy and first solo show entitled Lost Love. Tagny has recently been shortlisted for the 2018 Contemporary African Photography prize (CAP) and received an Honourable Mention from the Burtynsky Grant for her book project.
Lost Love tells the story of young love interrupted by a sudden suicide. Drawn from personal experience, yet tied to a wider context of inherited violence, the series ventures from South Africa to North America via Europe, to offer a meditation on bereavement and healing processes.
Mourners experience acute grief as a paradox. Glimpses of respite are found in the act of remembering the dead, yet whilst knowing that there is ultimately no solace. The irremediable nature of loss doesn’t allow space for consolation nor bittersweetness; one must accept a life lived with the presence of absence. Still, the need to materialize the abstract yet very real nature of absence is pressing. Thus memories, souvenirs, gestures, rituals and words become a means to do so.
Lost Love presents a journey through grief, filled with an amalgam of acts of remembrance anchored in natural spaces. As both suicide and trauma are disruptions of one’s natural cycle, the survivors’ challenge is to find ways to restore it. The book’s structure follows the four seasons, as nature is here posited as the driving force onto which one can realign his perturbed rhythm and find paths of resilience.
Hence, Lot Love is not constructed solely as a eulogy for the dead, but rather as a testament for the living – a gesture towards breaking away from the legacy of trauma.
MFON Legacy Grant Judges
Sandra Stevenson – Visual Editor, The New York Times
Nicole Crowder – Photography Editorial Consultant
Danielle Jackson – Curator, Writer
Sema Eissen – Estate of Mmekutmfon ‘Mfon’ Essien