2010 winners

Roberto Caceres, Pérou

Fiona Pardington, Nouvelle-Zélande

Cinthya Soto, Costa Rica

photographies entrées dans les collections du musée en 2011

Roberto Caceres, Peru

Portrait de Roberto Caceres
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Born in Lima in 1973, Roberto Caceres has worked for more than 10 years as a photographer for a variety of media in Peru and abroad. In 2002, he launched a photojournalistic career, producing series illustrating the different facets of Peruvian gay culture and the popular expression of religion in Latin America. In 2006, he was one of the founders of the Supay collective, which has been invited to several international festivals (Visa pour l'Image 2009; Photoquai 2009; Eco, Madrid 2010).  


Chifa: Chinese culture in Peru

With his photojournalistic approach, Roberto Caceres explores the Chinese community which has been in Peru since the first wave of immigration in 1849. The former Chinese coolies settled over time in Lima, Huaral and Chancay, opening small shops and restaurants called "chifas".

Derived from the verb "to eat" ("chi fan" in Chinese), the word "chifa" today is used to designate Sino-Peruvian restaurants.



Photos de la série CHIFA, par Roberto Caceres - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
CHIFA (c) photo Roberto Caceres
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CHIFA (c) photo Roberto Caceres
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CHIFA (c) photo Roberto Caceres

Fiona Pardington, New Zealand

Fiona Pardington (c) musée du quai Branly, photo Cyril Zanettacci, 2011 1
Fiona Pardington (c) musée du quai Branly, photograph Cyril Zanettacci, 2011

Fiona Pardington (Ngai Tahu, Ngai Tuhaitara, Kati Waewae, Kati Huirapa ki te Puketeraki) was born in 1961 at Aotearoa in New Zealand. A photographer with both Scottish and Māori origins, she has exhibited at Aotearoa in New Zealand, in Australia and more recently in Paris.

In 2006, the New Zealand government donated a set of photographs by Fiona Pardington to the musée du quai Branly. This consisted of nine large format gold-toned author's prints showing pendants (hei Tiki) from the Ngai Tahu tribe. With the discovery of the musée du quai Branly, the artist decided to pursue her photographic work in the complex and profound field of historical and cultural interconnections. 

A renowned artist, Fiona Pardington was chosen to represent New Zealand at the 17th Biennale of Sydney in Australia (May 2010). 



Whakaahua : 1. (verb) (-tia) take shape, transform, form, shape, depict, photograph, film 2. (name) photograph, illustration, portrait, image, shot (photography)

As an extension of her work presented at the Biennale of Sydney in 2010 (Ahua: A Beautiful Hesitation), Fiona Pardington has chosen to explore the collections of the great institutions and the French national collections: on the basis of casts made from living and dead models, she seeks to imagine the way in which the European explorers were viewed by the people they colonised – scrutinising them in the same way in which they were themselves scrutinised. 

Photos de la série Whakaahua, de Fiona Pardington - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
Beauty and Power en Rose, Whakaahua (c) Fiona Pardington, 2010
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We Dream of Gentle Morpheus, Whakaahua (c) Fiona Pardington, 2010

Cinthya Soto, Costa Rica

Portrait de Cinthya Soto
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Born in Alajuela, Costa Rica, in 1969, Cinthya Soto divides her life and work between San José and Buenos Aires. After having began architecture studies, she changed course to the visual arts, obtaining a degree at the National University in Heredia, Costa Rica. In 1999, she moved to Zurich to undertake further studies in film and video. Her first individual exhibition in 2002 at the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo (MADC) at San José in Costa Rica won her the Aquileo Echeverría National Visual Arts prize. Her work has been presented in several collective and individual exhibitions and at festivals (IX Photofestival Noorderlicht, 2002; Territorios, Venice 2007; PhotoEspaña, Madrid 2010). Her projects have been supported by the National University of Costa Rica, the University of Essex in the UK and by Kunst am Bau (Fine Arts in Architecture) in Switzerland.


landscape (re)found: in search of paradise lost

This series offers an encounter with one of the themes frequently employed throughout the history of art to represent the imaginary dream: the landscape. For her project, Cinthya Soto has undertaken three trips to the north-west, north and south of Argentina, from Iguazu to Patagonia. The series contains various "postcard" landscapes, referring to the imaginary nature of the distant and exotic. 

For each shot, she used two medium format cameras: one is seen in the image, defining the landscape, while the other records the scene.



photos de la série Paysage (re)trouvé, de Cinthya Soto - Click to enlarge, open in a new window
FitzRoy, Landscape (re)found (c) Cinthya Soto
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Nahuel Huapi, Landscape (re)found (c) Cinthya Soto
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Garganta Diablo, Landscape (re)found (c) Cinthya Soto