Stan Douglas
Hasselblad Award
2016
Stan Douglas
02_88w0-20, 2016
Lacquered UV ink on gessoed panel
59 1/8 x 59 1/8 inches (150 x 150 cm)
Stan Douglas
Exodus, 2012
Digital C-print mounted on aluminum
71 x 101 1/2 inches (180.3 x 257.8 cm)
Stan Douglas
Hair, 1948, 2010
Digital fiber print mounted on Dibond aluminum
18 x 17 3/4 inches (45.7 x 45.1 cm)

Stan Douglas was the recipient of the 2016 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography. In celebration of the honor, an exhibition of Douglas's work was presented at the Hasselblad Foundation, Gothenburg, Sweden. The exhibition was his first in the country and featured new abstract works, as well as an overview of past series and key iconic photographs.

In addition, MACK published a new book about Douglas's practice. The publication features a newly commissioned essay by Noam Elcott, Associate Professor at Columbia University, as well as an interview with Stan Douglas by Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator at Museum of Modern Art, New York and Chair of the 2016 Hasselblad Award Jury.

Roxana Marcoci, Senior Curator of Photography at MoMA, New York and Chair of the 2016 Hasselblad Award Jury, says of Douglas's work:

Douglas's engagement with the histories of still and moving images, sociological approach to staged and performative work, and critical attention to the apparatus of photography—in terms of historic styles, processes and vintage equipment, and the most sophisticated digital languages of contemporary technology—are transformational.

Pictured above: Selected works from the Hasselblad exhibition

Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas's ambitious multimedia project combines live theater and innovative technology to present a film noir-inspired story set in 1948 Vancouver
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence
Stan Douglas
Performance of Helen Lawrence

Stan Douglas's innovative stage presentation Helen Lawrence was created in collaboration with screenwriter and producer Chris Haddock and director Kim Collier. Inspired by post-war Film Noir, Helen Lawrence intertwines theatre, visual art, live-action filming and computer-generated recreations of historical backgrounds in a groundbreaking multi-media showcase.

Since the inaugural presentation at The Arts Club Theatre Company, Vancouver in March 2014, Helen Lawrence has been hosted by the Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich; Edinburgh International Festival; Canadian Stage, Toronto; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York; and deSingel, Antwerp.

 

Circa 1948
Virtually explore post-war Vancouver in Stan Douglas's interactive app

Douglas also created Circa 1948, an app that presents interactive digital environments from late 1940s Vancouver. These environments—The Hotel Vancouver and Hogan's Alley—are also settings in Helen Lawrence.

The artist discussed the app (and his practice generally) in The Guardian saying: "Because of technology, nobody believes any more that a photograph is real. But that just means that we have to take more responsibility as creators of images. We can’t just say, 'Oh, this happened to be there when I was there.' You have to take ownership. It’s always a construction, no matter what."