© Pamela Tulizo
Parfums Christian Dior decided to hold the third edition of its Photography & Visual Arts Award for Young Talents despite the Covid-19 pandemic. Usually organized as part of the Rencontres de la Photographie festival in Arles in the south of France, this year’s award and the accompanying “The Art of Color” exhibition are taking place exclusively online via Instagram. The overall winner of the 2020 award is Pamela Tulizo, a Congolese photographer whose work focuses on the issue of female identity.
Even Covid-19 couldn’t stop the Dior Photography & Visual Arts Award for Young Talents. Organized since 2018 in the form of an exhibition presented in Arles in partnership with the LUMA Arles cultural center and the ENSP photography school, the event takes place exclusively online this year. The 14 young artists selected by the jury (11 award winners and 3 special mentions) will have their work displayed on the Maison Dior and LUMA Arles Instagram accounts, as part of a major online exhibition.
Given carte blanche to submit photos or videos linked to the theme “Face-to-Face”, the artists wowed the jury by creating meaningful, powerful works of art that reflect their spirit of freedom and their hope for the future. Among them, Congolese photographer Pamela Tulizo was chosen as the overall winner of the third edition of the Dior Photography & Visual Arts Award for Young Talents.
After initially studying journalism, Pamela graduated from the Market Photo Workshop school of photography in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2019. Her work focuses primarily on expressions of female identity. In her series entitled Double Identity, which comprises 13 self-portraits, the photographer embodies an African woman torn between her own sense of self and the role attributed to her by a globalized society. Pamela is based in Goma, the capital of the North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and her photos reflect the province’s political, environmental and economic instability. Her Double Identity series denounces the way women in the region are portrayed by the media as victims and highlights their incredible resilience as they strive for a better future.
The photos and videos submitted by Pamela Tulizo and the other 13 artists selected by the jury can be found on the Instagram accounts of Dior and Dior Makeup. Additional content will also be included in the online exhibition, to provide further insight into the visual worlds of the artists and the jury members.