Di Liu, Prix Lacoste Elysée 2010
Chinese photographer Di Liu, Lacoste Elysée Prize 2010 Photography is in fashion, fashion loves photography ! For the launch of their new polo, the « L.12.12. », the renowned crocodile brand invited a dozen photographers to adopt or adapt the codes of this mythical clothing line !
These twelve photographers were selected for the exhibition “reGeneration2 Tomorrow’s photographers”, organized in partnership with the Elysée Museum of Lausanne.
They each received a grant worth 3000 Swiss Francs and had three months to create three pictures. The winner was announced on December 3, 2010 during a reception sponsored by the magazine ArtReview at Art Basel Miami Beach.
The winner, Di Liu, a 25-year-old Chinese photographer, worked on the difficult relationship between nature and human society, the consequences of the galloping urbanization in China today. The jury, comprised of Felipe Oliveira Baptista (Artistic Director, LACOSTE), Michel Mallard (Director, International Festival of Fashion and Photography of Hyères), Christophe Pillet (Design Director, LACOSTE), Agnès Sire (Director, Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation), Carla Sozzani (Founder, Director, Galleria Carla Sozzani), Sam Stourdzé (Director, Elysée Museum) and Tom Watt (Artistic Director, ArtReview), was particularly moved by the quality and humor of the three pictures presented.
The Jury appreciated Di Liu’s work for both its quality and humor. China is a fertile ground for talents, proven by this young photographer, whose work is “particularly promising” declared Sam Stourdzé, Director of the Elysée Museum. The works nominated are part of an exhibition at the Galleria Carla Sozzani, (Milan, Italy, 2 November 2010 9 January 2011) alongside “reGeneration2 Tomorrow’s Photographers”, an exhibition that will travel around the world.