Submissions are now open for 2019’s Award!

We are very pleased to announce the winner of this year’s 2018 PLATFORM photography award Mariana Muñoz Gomez. Mariana’s exciting, deeply personal practice uses photography in unexpected ways to explore identity, place, representation and language. This annual award includes a solo exhibition in Gallery 2, $1500, darkroom access and a one-year membership to PLATFORM, and was generously sponsored this year by Don’s Photo.

“As an immigrant living in Canada, I attempt to address my identity as both a
diasporic “other” and settler. Through my art practice, I aim to address
colonialism and its impact on racialized and Indigenous people in the Americas. I
attempt gestures of decolonization and work with and for individuals whose
histories and experiences have been interrupted or damaged by colonialism.
My current practice is situated at the intersection of identity, place,
representation, and language. These topics are negotiated through manipulating
familiar forms and employing strategies of interference within a variety of media
including text works, screenprints, photography and video.”

Mariana Muñoz Gomez is an artist, arts educator, and arts administrator based in Winnipeg, MB/Treaty 1 Territory. Using photography, screenprinting, text, and video, her practice touches on topics of language, representation, personal and shared history, and identity through a postcolonial lens. She has written for Public Parking and Flux, and has been published in Dear Journal. She has exhibited in artist-run centres and alternative spaces throughout Winnipeg including aceartinc. and Martha Street Studio, and presented a solo exhibition, ESL, at Le Studio, La maison des artistes in 2017. She has shown her work nationally at 918 Bathurst as part of Toronto’s CONTACT Photography Festival and at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

Mariana was a founding member of Sappho Zine Collective and is part of the Mujer Artista Collective. She recently took on the roles of co-chair of the Manitoba Artist Run Centre Coalition and committee member for Flux Gallery, and served as a member of the board at Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.

Mariana Muñoz Gomez, “the language has space there”, digital print on archival rag paper, 2017

Mariana Muñoz Gomez, “now I see it as a tool”, digital print on archival rag paper, 2017

Mariana Muñoz Gomez, “All of Those Years”, screenprints, 2014

Mariana Muñoz Gomez, “All of Those Years” (detail), screenprints, 2014

The 2017 award recipient was Hannah Doucet, and resulted in her Gallery 2 exhibition
I wondered when my body would deflate.