The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) at Columbia College Chicago has awarded the 2016 Snider Prize to Adam Golfer (American, b. 1985). His series, A House Without a Roof, considers the fractures of the overlapping histories of violence and displacement connecting Europe, Israel and Palestine. With photographs, archival imagery, and original texts, Golfer weaves together fictions of his family history with representations from Israel's founding and ongoing military occupation. Previously, his work has been exhibited in New York, Maryland and Washington, DC, including at the Center for Photography in Woodstock, the Goethe-Institut Washington, and C-Street Gallery. Golfer is currently an MFA candidate at Hunter College, and he received a BFA in Photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
The Snider Prize is a purchase award given to emerging artists as they leave graduate school. Golfer will receive $2,000, and Walsh and Ito will each receive $500 for the purchase of work to be added to MoCP's permanent collection. Sponsored by Lawrence K. and Maxine Snider, the Snider Prize forms a part of the museum's ongoing commitment to support new talent in the field of contemporary photography.
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2016 Snider Prize award recipient Adam Golfer, Boy Unlocking Horse, 2015