A PRESTIGIOUS JURY
Isabelle Mesnil, Gallerist
Barbara Davidson, Photojournalist
Ken Gonzales-Day, Photographer
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Photographer
Beatrice Chassepot, Art Critic
Isabelle Mesnil Owner & Director of the NEXTLEVEL galerie, Paris, FRANCE.
NEXTLEVEL is contemporary art gallery established in 2009 by Isabelle Mesnil. It is located in the heart of Paris, in the Marais. Committed to high quality work across different artistic media, NEXTLEVEL represents and supports mid-career artists with practices that push the boundaries of their field. The gallery features a robust schedule of exhibitions by French and International artists, participates in key international art fairs and also collaborates on off-site projects with leading institutions and curators.
8, rue Charlot, 75003 Paris – France
Barbara Davidson, Photojournalist. Staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times since 2007.
Davidson has twice, in 2006 and 2014, been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year by POYi. She won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 in Feature Photography and a national Emmy for her story of innocent victims trapped in the crossfire of Los Angeles’s deadly gang violence. In 2010 she won the Cliff Edom “New American Award,” from the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism competition for her project documenting the lives of Navajo Indians. The Visa d’Or Daily Press award was given to Davidson in 2009 for coverage of the earthquake in China. In 2006 she won a team Pulitzer Prize in Spot News Photography for Hurricane Katrina. Davidson is a native of Montreal, Canada.
Read more about her: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Davidson
Ken Gonzales-Day, Photographer
He is a Los Angeles-based artist whose interdisciplinary practice considers the historical construction of race and the limits of representational systems ranging from the lynching photograph to museum display. The Erased Lynching series and the publication of Lynching in the West: 1850-1935, raised awareness of the history of lynching communities of color in California, while the Profiled series brought new attention to a racial history of objects that had been overlooked. The Searching for California Hang Trees series offered a critical look at the legacies of landscape photography while the Walking Tour of Los Angeles Lynching Sites, and his 2015 short film, RUN UP, have brought these little-known histories to a wide range of communities, both locally and internationally. Gonzales-Day is Professor of Art and Humanities at Scripps College.
Ken Gonzales-Day is represented by Luis de Jesus Los Angeles.
More here: http://www.luisdejesus.com/artist_dtl.php?id=69
Sandrine Hermand-Grisel, Photographer. Founder and Editor of All about Photo.com.
Born and raised in Paris France, Sandrine Hermand-Grisel became an independent photographer in 1997. Influenced by her late mother’s sculptures and her husbands paintings and films, she worked on several personal projects before her series Nocturnes was recognized in 2005 by Harry Gruyaert, Bertrand Despres and John Batho for the Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique. She moved with her family to the United States in 2006 and began experimenting landscape photography with her series Somewhere and On the road. In 2013, she created the acclaimed website All About Photo and now spends most of her time discovering new talents while still working on personal projects.
Beatrice Chassepot, Art Critic. Founder and Editor of be-Art magazine.
She writes articles for e. magazines and paper magazines such as: art.es a Spanish paper magazine, All about photo.com, and more. She lives and works in Los Angeles