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Concordia MFA student wins a 2019 New Generation Photography Award

Zinnia Naqvi takes home the $10,000 national prize for gifted young artists
April 3, 2019
Zinnia Naqvi: “It’s nice to see many colleagues and classmates that are also being recognized for their tremendous work.” | At right: Self-portrait in the Garden, 2017, by Zinnia Naqvi.

Zinnia Naqvi, master’s student in Concordia’s Department of Studio Arts, is one of three artists to win the 2019 New Generation Photography Award, beating out 18 other hopefuls that were longlisted for the national prize.

Scotiabank and the Canadian Photography Institute at the National Gallery of Canada introduced the award last year to support the careers of artists 30 and under.

A jury of experts selected Naqvi, Manitoba’s Luther Konadu and Newfoundland's Ethan Murphy to receive the $10,000 prize. Their work will appear in a group exhibition at the Gladstone Hotel during the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto from May 1 until June 9, and at the Canadian Photography Institute PhotoLab in Ottawa from September 27 to March 22, 2020.

For Naqvi, having access to different facilities across Concordia departments has made it a fruitful place to grow as a photographer.

“I’ve been able to experiment in my photo practice by playing with installation and printing on many different kinds of surfaces. There are so many people with precise expertise in photography that you can have access to help in many areas. I've spent a lot of my time here in the Post Image lab and I really enjoy the working environment.”

Another Concordia grad student, Matthew Brooks, was also longlisted for the award

"It feels great to have our work recognized at such an early stage in our careers," Naqvi said when the nominees were announced in February.

"It's a huge national platform and it's really amazing to see the different kinds of work that is being produced across the country."

Find out more about Concordia's 
Department of Studio Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts.


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