Ali Tahayori has been awarded the 2021 Smith & Singer People’s Choice Award in the Bowness Photography Prize for his work ‘Sisterhood’ (2021).

Ali TAHAYORI Sisterhood 2021 pigment ink-jet print 120.0 x 120.0 cm courtesy of the artist

The winning work is a photograph from Tahayori’s family archive that has been transformed into ‘a kaleidoscopic interpretation that speaks to an undisclosed trauma creating a dynamic composition and complex interweaving of layered imagery’. The work claimed 35% of the vote, the most ever received, making it a clear favourite.

Ali Tahayori was born in Shiraz, Iran and is now based in Gadigal Country (Sydney, Australia). He is currently completing his Master of Fine Art in Photomedia at National Art School in Sydney. Tahayori studied analogue photography and darkroom techniques in his hometown, Shiraz, and worked as a freelance photographer until he moved to Australia in 2007. Upon his arrival to Australia and after a period not practising, has been working as an interdisciplinary artist in Sydney. His practice ranges from photography to the moving image, installation, sound and performance. Tahayori uses archival materials, narrative fragments and performative modalities to explore themes of identity, home, migration and displacement.

Click here to view all the 2021 Bowness Photography Prize finalists.