Abigail Cohen Fellowship in documentary photography


The Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography supports photographers to address pressing social issues that are impacting China and its relations with the world that have not received the attention they deserve.

 

ANNOUNCING THE 2016 ABIGAIL COHEN FELLOWS

We are very excited about this year’s fellows, two photographers we are proud to honor for the creativity and conceptual rigor they are bringing to documentary photography: Yan Cong and Mari Bastashevski. 

Yan Cong is a talented young photographer who we are eager to see more from; her proposal to look at the lead up to China’s 2022 Olympics and the ways that it reveals the realities and absurdities of local politics will be fascinating to follow as it progresses. We have been supporters and admirers of Mari Bastashevski’s work since awarding her a Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund grant in 2013. Her smartly conceived proposal to track the flow of goods out of China through shipping routes is highly original and extremely compelling.  

— Kristen Lubben, Executive Director

YAN CONG From Beijing, Yan Cong is an independent photographer who focuses on women's issues, rural China, and the country’s relations with its neighbors. For this project, she documents the transition underway in the town of Chongli, which will host some of the alpine events for the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. One hundred fifty kilometers outside of Beijing, on the outskirts of the relatively sleepy city of Zhangjiakou, Chongli will need to undergo a major transformation to accommodate the international sporting event.  

YAN CONG

From Beijing, Yan Cong is an independent photographer who focuses on women's issues, rural China, and the country’s relations with its neighbors. For this project, she documents the transition underway in the town of Chongli, which will host some of the alpine events for the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. One hundred fifty kilometers outside of Beijing, on the outskirts of the relatively sleepy city of Zhangjiakou, Chongli will need to undergo a major transformation to accommodate the international sporting event.

 

MARI BASTASHEVSKI  Mari Bastashevski combines investigative research, art, and journalism, deliberately blurring the boundaries between these practices. She makes installations that combine text, images, and documents to explore questions of secrecy and access to information, and their intersection with the systems of state and corporate power. Her Cohen Fellowship project, “10,000 Things Out of China,” will explore the often violent and politically ambiguous system of logistics through which most products made in China reach the rest of the world. Centering on the commercial maritime hubs that receive shiploads of products made in China, her reporting will map the route of key commodities exported to Europe and the U.S. and the culture that facilitates this movement.

MARI BASTASHEVSKI 

Mari Bastashevski combines investigative research, art, and journalism, deliberately blurring the boundaries between these practices. She makes installations that combine text, images, and documents to explore questions of secrecy and access to information, and their intersection with the systems of state and corporate power. Her Cohen Fellowship project, “10,000 Things Out of China,” will explore the often violent and politically ambiguous system of logistics through which most products made in China reach the rest of the world. Centering on the commercial maritime hubs that receive shiploads of products made in China, her reporting will map the route of key commodities exported to Europe and the U.S. and the culture that facilitates this movement.


ABOUT
At a moment when the world is more engaged with China than ever before, Magnum Foundation has joined together with ChinaFile, a project of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, to provide two fellowship grants each year to photographers to support the creation of new work. This fellowship is supported by Betsy Z. and Edward E. Cohen and named in memory of their daughter.

Applicants are selected from a list submitted by a diverse group of photography professionals and invited to each submit a proposal. Launched in February 2013, ChinaFile's mission is to broaden its readers' understanding of China and to spark new conversation about China's place in the world. 

FELLOWS BY YEAR

2016
Yan Cong
Mari Bastashevski

2015
Souvid Datta
Yuyang Liu

2014
Tomoko Kikuchi
Ian Teh