This year the selected five cover the country from coast to coast:

  • Ursula Johnson, representing the Atlantic region, is a performance and installation artist of Mi'kmaw First Nation ancestry.
  • Raymond Boisjoly harks from West Coast and Yukon, and is also an Indigenous artist of Haida descent whose chosen medium of photography, as well as text-based works dialogue between pop culture and indigenous representation.
  • Winnipeg-based artist Divya Mehra has also spent time in Delhi and New York, and her work focuses on effects of colonization and racism. She represents the Prairies and the North.
  • Toronto, Ontario artist Bridget Moser works with performance and video, creating theatrical, comedic pieces.
  • Jacynthe Carrier representing Quebec, has been profiled several times in Vie des Arts, and is an established photographer and visual choreographer on the international contemporary art scene with numerous awards under her belt.

 

As part of the award’s mandate to reflect and promote Canadian contemporary art, an exhibition of the shortlisted artists’ work is organized at a guest art institution in odd years and at the National Gallery of Canada in even years. In 2017, the work of the five shortlisted artists’ will be exhibited at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, from 24 October to 9 December 2017.

 

Image #6 de la suite brise glace, 2016
Impression jet d’encre / Archival pigment print ■ 53.5 x 51 cm ■ Edition of 3 + 2 APs

Image #4 de la suite brise glace, 2016
Impression au jet d'encre / Archival pigment print ■ 76 x 76 cm ■ AP1 of edition of 3 + 2 APs

Image #9 de la suite brise glace, 2016
Impression jet d’encre / Archival pigment print ■ 61 x 61 cm ■ Edition of 3 + 2 APs

 
Additional information about the 2017 nominees and jurors is available at:
http://www.gallery.ca/sobeygallery.ca/sobey(lien externe), and by following @PrixSobeyAward.
Art Museum at the University of Toronto