2021 Winner

scotia photography award

Deanna Bowen

2021 Winner

Deanna Bowen is a descendant of two Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneer families from Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. Bowen’s family history has been the central pivot of her auto-ethnographic interdisciplinary works since the early 1990s. She makes use of a repertoire of artistic gestures in order to define the Black body and trace its presence and movement in place and time. In recent years, her work has involved close examination of her family’s migrations and their connections to Vancouver’s Hogan’s Alley and Black Strathcona, the “all-Black” towns of Oklahoma, the Kansas Exoduster migrations and the Ku Klux Klan in Canada and the United States. She has received numerous awards over the course of her career including a 2020 Governor General Award for Visual and Media Arts Award, a 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and the 2014 William H. Johnson Prize. Her writing, interviews and art works have been published in Canadian Art, The Capilano Review, The Black Prairie Archives, and Transition Magazine. Bowen is editor of the 2019 publication Other Places: Reflections on Media Arts in Canada. Deanna is represented by MKG127 Gallery.

See more about Deanna’s Scotiabank Photography Award exhibition found here.

Deanna Bowen's Exhibition

Scotiabank Photography Award: Deanna Bowen. Black Drones in the Hive (installation view), 2022 © Riley Snelling, The Image Centre

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