2017 — ‘Drone Vision’ Project Realisation Award, Hasselblad Foundation / Valand Academy

Hasselblad Foundation / Valand Academy Research and Development Award ‘Litte ja Goabddá’ [Drones and Drums] 2017 ID-DD-Drone-Forest-Reindeer-01 Still from ‘Litte ja Goabddá’ [Drones and Drums], 2017 © Ignacio Acosta Ignacio Acosta has been invited to create a work for the exhibition Drone Vision. Warfare, Surveillance, and Protest to be shown at The Hasselblad Center, Gothenburg, from May 19 to September 16, 2018. ‘Drone Vision’ is a collaborative initiative of Valand Academy, Gothenburg University and the Hasselblad Foundation. It is part of a two-year research project, led by Dr. Sarah Tuck, exploring the affective meanings of drone technologies on photography and human rights. The project has been developed through a partnership between Hasselblad Foundation and Valand Academy, in Gothenburg, Sweden; NiMAC (The Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation) Nicosia, Cyprus and Zahoor Ul Akhlaq Gallery, at the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. Simultaneous exhibitions will open on May 18 with three commissioned photo based art works in each gallery exploring drones as a new camera consciousness within each city and region. The three exhibitions will also be brought together as a stand-alone ‘pop-up’ exhibition hosted as a permanent learning resource in each of the three galleries, with all arts works captioned in Swedish, English, Greek and Urdu. As a first stage in the exhibition project at Hasselblad Center, a research and development award was granted to five artists. Based on the resulting research, three of these artists, Ignacio Acosta, Behjat Omer Abdulla, and Mhairi Sutherland, have now been granted a project realization award. Link to Drone Vision Research
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