Božović moved to Canada 19 years ago to work as an engineer at Bombardier. At 40, he quit to study photography full-time at Concordia. A motivating factor to embrace the life of an artist was his photographic work on the Lazarus Project with his close friend, novelist Aleksandar Hemon.
“I collaborated with him on the novel that became very successful. That whole creative process was very eye-opening for me.”
Since then, his work has been exhibited in Canada and internationally, but winning the Bronfman was still a huge boost.
“It’s a point in life when you are finishing your MFA and asking yourself, what now? All of a sudden you have two years of steady support. It’s a lot of money for somebody who has just finished his studies, but it’s more than that,” he says.
“There was media coverage and more galleries became interested in my work. It’s been a great, great thing.”