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A view of the 2nd Vista Prize ceremony at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art  with Vista statuette in the foreground
A view of the 2nd Vista Prize ceremony at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art  with Vista statuette in the foreground

Second Vista Prize Winner Announced

Payam Mofidi’s winning work is ‘Body, Colonial Islands and Strategic Depth.’ His installation art was appreciated by the jury for its special attention to social and human sensitivities

Second Vista Prize Winner Announced

Painter, video artist and animator Payam Mofidi, based in Montreal, won the second Vista Prize for the maquette of his installation art on January 11.
Vista Art Gallery in Tehran announced Mofidi the winner of its second Vista Prize in a ceremony held at Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. The Prize focuses on creative ideas and innovative designs in contemporary art (given to the best designs submitted in maquette form or video files, Honaronline reported.
Mofidi’s winning work is ‘Body, Colonial Islands and Strategic Depth.’ His installation art was appreciated by the jury for its special attention to social and human sensitivities, as well as the pain and misery emanating from migration.
Jury members were photographer Hamid-Reza Severi, painter and photographer Rozita Sharafjahan, painter Behrang Samadzadegan, curator Parisa Pahlevan, filmmaker and visual artist Negar Tahsili and painter, graphic designer and video artist Behnam Kamrani.
‘Body, Colonial Islands and Strategic Depth’ participated in the competition along with works by artists such as photographer Majid Tabrizi, visual artist Maryam Farshad and sketch artist Emad Mardani. It won the Mofidi Vista statuette and a cash prize of 300 million rials ($7,000).
A total of 198 proposals were submitted to Vista Prize. Most of the proposals were installation arts. Works in photography and architecture were the fewest among the total submittals.
An exhibition of the selected works at Vista Prize is underway at Vista Gallery until January 15. The gallery is located at No. 11, 12th Alley, Mir-Emad Street, Motahari Avenue. Mofidi’s installation art can be seen in the form of a maquette at the exhibit but is yet to be completed.

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