Prix Pictet announces ‘Fire’ as the theme for the ninth cycle of the award. As Chair Stephen Barber explains, the choice of theme is timely.
“Fire has hardly been out of the news since the inferno that consumed Notre Dame in Paris in early 2019. We have seen record rainforest blazes in the Amazon, forest and bush fires in Australia and conflagrations in California. It is the fourth element. Fire destroys and it renews. Fire means survival, renewal, and economic prosperity. Yet our abuse of this most capricious of elements is the source of most of our environmental woes.”
Over the coming months the Prix Pictet’s global network of over 300 nominators will identify portfolios of work that align with the ninth theme. These portfolios will be reviewed by the independent Jury chaired by Sir David King. The Fire shortlist will be presented at the Rencontres d’Arles in July 2021. The ninth laureate will be announced at the opening of the award exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in December 2021.