Olga Svyatova receives $5,000 John and Margaret Baker Fellowship

The John and Margaret Baker Memorial Fellowship provides encouragement and financial assistance to an emerging photographer chosen from the finalists in the biennial National Photography Prize.

This year, the $5,000 non-acquisitive fellowship was awarded to Olga Svyatova for their work Они/They, an ongoing photographic project that explores multiple connections between time, relationships, and archival images.

Svyatova appropriates their own personal experience of differing cultures and histories to invite reflections on the intricate connections that sustain our lives across time and space.

Olga Svyatova, They_Они, 2022–ongoing, inkjet print on paper. Courtesy the artist

Nici Cumpston OAM, 2024 National Photography Prize judge, said the winning work was an “uncanny juxtaposition of archival biological family photographs from Russia, alongside more recent images of their chosen family and friends. The images are quirky and humorous and openly share a sense of humanness across time and place.”

Part of the National Photography Prize 2024 finalists’ works, Svyatova’s Они/They can be viewed at Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), New South Wales, until 1 September 2024.


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