The Harvard David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) called for submissions from established artists and photojournalists for the digital exhibition Documenting the Impact of Covid-19 through Photography: Collective Isolation in Latin America.
A jury made up of Harvard-affiliated scholars, curators and artists reviewed all submissions and selected the winners. The jury members awarded a US $1,000 first prize, $600 second prize, and two $400 third prizes. In addition, the four awarded works may become part of the DRCLAS permanent art and photography collection (with the photographer’s consent) and the winners will be invited to participate in a virtual roundtable discussion organized by DRCLAS during the Fall semester and may be published in a special digital supplement of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America
In addition, the best works were selected by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies to be part of the digital exhibition on view on its website during Fall 2020. Photographs in the digital exhibition will be posted along with the photographer’s name and a link to their website.
The competition aims to create a critical visual record of our unprecedented times. 2020 will be remembered as a watershed year in which a pandemic laid bare the inequalities and fissures within our society and the relevance of living and participating in communities even while experiencing the pandemic in isolation. We hope to contribute to the documentation of these breathtaking times so they can be remembered by future generations. In addition, by curating photography from all over Latin America and the Caribbean, we hope to promote a regional perspective of the way collective isolation due to Covid-19 has affected our region.