"Real Venice" Artist Lynne Cohen wins prestigious Scotiabank Photo Prize

Lynne Cohen, 'Untitled (Smiling Couch)' from the series 'Vague Memories', Venice, 2010, Digital C-Print, 47.6 x 57.4 inches /122 x 147.3 cms

Lynne Cohen, one of the distinguished artists whose work will be included in Venice in Peril's forthcoming Real Venice exhibition, has won the inaugural Scotiabank Photography Award.  The Montreal-based artist received the $50,000 prize, which celebrates established Canadian photographers, on Wednesday night at a ceremony in Toronto.
Last year Venice in Peril invited Cohen, along with 13 other international artists, to visit Venice and with absolute freedom make a portfolio of images of the city.  These images will be featured in the exhibition entitled Real Venice which opens on 31st May at the Abbey of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, as an official part of the 2011 Venice Biennale. 

The aim of the Real Venice exhibition is to promote the cause and raise funds for the work of Venice in Peril; each of the artists has generously donated an edition of their portfolios to be sold in aid of the charity. After the exhibition closes on 30th September 2011, selected photographs from the collection will travel to London, where they will be exhibited and then auctioned with the help of Phillips de Pury on 3 November 2011. All proceeds will go to Venice in Peril. The exhibition will also travel the world in a tour organised by the International Enterprises department of the Barbican Centre in London.

For further information about Real Venice and the work of Lynne Cohen please visit: www.realvenice.org

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