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Prix Pictet 2021: Fire
David Uzochukwu, Wildfire, 2015.
From the series: In The Wake, 2020
© David Uzochukwu, Prix Pictet

Prix Pictet 2021: Fire

Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige » Rinko Kawauchi » Sally Mann » Christian Marclay » Fabrice Monteiro » Lisa Oppenheim » Mak Remissa » Carla Rippey » Mark Ruwedel » Brent Stirton » David Uzochukwu » Daisuke Yokota »

Exhibition: 16 Dec 2021 – 9 Jan 2022

Thu 16 Dec

V&A Victoria and Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, South Kensington
SW7 2RL London

+44 (0)20-79422000


Daily 10-17:45; Fri 10-22

Prix Pictet 2021: Fire
Blackwater 3, 2008 – 2012 - From the series Blackwater, 2008–12 Tintype
© Sally Mann, Gagosian, Prix Pictet - Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian

Fire, the Ninth Prix Pictet Award and Shortlist Exhibition

Opening on Thursday, 16 December 2021

Twelve series of powerful photographs by 13 international photographers exploring the topical theme of ‘fire’ will be presented in the exhibition Prix Pictet: Fire at the V&A, London, 16 December 2021 – 9 January 2022.

The exhibition will showcase the world-class photography shortlisted for this year’s prestigious Prix Pictet, the global award with a unique commitment to promoting discussion and debate on issues of sustainability and the environment.

The bodies of work shortlisted for the prize draw their inspiration from both major global events and personal experiences. The photographic images span documentary, portraiture, landscape, collage and studies of light and process. The shortlisted photographers are based in five continents across the world.

Prix Pictet 2021: Fire
Fabrice Monteiro, Untitled#9, 2015.
From the series: The Prophecy, 2013 – 2020
© Fabrice Monteiro, Prix Pictet

The exhibition features established names such as Sally Mann, who documented the vast wildfires and thick smoke that consumed the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia during her visit in 2008, and Rinko Kawauchi, who photographed firework displays throughout Japan every summer from 1997-2001. They are joined by young and emerging names in photography, including David Uzochukwu, whose portraiture series In The Wake is set within an unknown landscape on fire, and Fabrice Monteiro, whose series The Prophecy addresses worldwide pollution through staged photographs of figures in costumes made of trash and natural materials.

The award of 100,000 Swiss Francs (USD108,000, €91,000) will be announced on Wednesday 15 December 2021.

The shortlisted photographers are:
Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (Lebanon)
Rinko Kawauchi (Japan)
Sally Mann (USA)
Christian Marclay (USA/ Switzerland)
Fabrice Monteiro (Belgium/Benin)
Lisa Oppenheim (USA)
Mak Remissa (Cambodia)
Carla Rippey (Mexico)
Mark Ruwedel (USA)
Brent Stirton (South Africa)
David Uzochukwu (Austria/Nigeria)
Daisuke Yokota (Japan)

Prix Pictet 2021: Fire
Mak Remissa, My grandmother assisted her sick husband to walk, 2014.
From the series: Left 3 Days, 2014 © Mak Remissa, Prix Pictet
Prix Pictet 2021: Fire
Carla Rippey, Fire, 2010.
From the series: Immolation, 2009-2019
© Carla Rippey, Prix Pictet
Prix Pictet 2021: Fire
Lisa Oppenheim, Pendant (1943/2021), 2021.
From the series: Stilleben, 2021
© Lisa Oppenheim, Prix Pictet
Prix Pictet 2021: Fire
Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled, 2001.
From the series: Hanabi, 2001
© Rinko Kawauchi, Prix Pictet
Prix Pictet 2021: Fire
My aunt carried her sick son to leave a hospital, by Mak Remissa, from the series 'Left 3 Days', 2014. © Mak Remissa