Laura Gildner wins Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize for video installation

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      University of Victoria grad Laura Gildner, a multimedia artist who explores ideas of social choreography, has nabbed the Philip B. Lind Emerging Artist Prize.

      The award was announced yesterday night at the Polygon Gallery.

      Hailing from Ottawa, Gildner took home the prize for Informer, a 9-channel video installation that's part of a larger exhibit called Lind Prize 2020 on view at the North Van waterfront landmark until March 15.

      “I am primarily motivated to work with a variety of participants in the creation of my works as a means to facilitate connection,” the artist said in a statement. “I seek to provide spaces where performers can participate in the creation of alternative forms of social documentary while actively reimagining the camera’s role in the process.”

      The runners up for the award were Emily Carr University of Art and Design graduates Lacie Burning and Rydel Cerezo.

      Launched in 2016, the annual Lind Prize goes to a B.C.-based artist working in the mediums of film, photography, or video, and carries $5,000 and a chance to produce a project with the Polygon. This year the jury, consisting of Georgia Straight art critic Robin Laurence, Victoria Arts Council executive director Kegan McFadden, and Western Front curator Pablo de Ocampo, chose the winner from more than 60 nominated portfolios.

      Tours of The Lind Prize 2020 are hosted at the gallery every Saturday at 2 p.m.