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Anthropologist Receives International Photo Award

Postdoctoral research fellow Christian Vium receives the photo award “Prix HSBC 2016” in Paris, France for his long-term work on urbanization in Mauritania.

10.02.2016 | Ulrik Albert Vosgerau

Untitled (“Drogba"). Boh Dida. Nouakchott 2011 (Photo: Christian Vium).

Contact Sheet # 4 (Appropriated archive material from AMI, Nouakchott. Mauritania).

Christian Vium

Anthropologist Christian Vium has been awarded the prestigious “Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie 2016” for the project ‘The Nomadic City.’  The project was in part produced during fieldwork in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania and focuses on the capital city of Nouakchott. Over a period of five years, Christian Vium has been systematically mapping this rapidly growing city, using ethnographic methods in combination with photography and film. The project integrates a variety of contemporary and archive material, from a wide selection of sources.

The nomination will bring the work of Christian Vium and knowledge about global urbanization processes to a large audience over the course of the following year.

 “I am very honoured to receive this prize and look tremendously forward to collaborating on producing a monograph and exhibitions in Europe and hopefully also in Nouakchott. I am particularly happy to see the jury award a project that integrates artistic and scientific approaches. With this prize, I am able to be part of telling the story of an important global subject through the example of a unique city,” Christian Vium says.

Background information

On February 9, at an official event in Paris, postdoctoral research fellow Christian Vium from the Camera as Cultural Critique research unit at Aarhus University, was pronounced recipient of the 2016 edition of the Prix HSBC Pour la Photographie 2016 for his work in Mauritania. The prize, which is considered among the finest in Europe, is given to a young emerging photographer. As part of the prize, Christian Vium will produce a personal monograph along with 6 exhibitions.

The project was in part produced during Christian Vium’s PhD fieldwork in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (2009-2010, 2011 and 2012).

Christian Vium
School of Culture and Society, Department of Anthropology
Web: AU-site / personal homepage
Email: cvium@cas.au.dk
Mobile: +45 29 80 26 39

Antropologi, Priser, Contemporary Ethnography