Which one would you pick for the $50,000 prize?
“Whom Do We Save?”
DescriptionOn June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen, a 29-year-old American security guard, killed 49 people and wounded 53 others in a mass shooting inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States. Orlando Police Department officers shot and killed him after a three-hour standoff.
On June 12, 2016, 49 people were murdered and 53 wounded in a shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This piece is a memorial to the victims by Forrest Lawson.
A Very Long Goodbye
The piece is about those afflicted with degenerative brain diseases such as dementia and their loved ones who care for them. The artist Olga Yukhno says, “They have to live through these experiences, sometimes for years, seeing the person disappear every day, become less of themself. It's like living a perpetual funeral, losing them one brain cell at a time.” Besides the photos there are small notes written by friends and families who have lost a loved one that way.
And the winner is ... #2! “6/12/16”
The artist is a young man in graduate school who says he is going to use the money to repay his student loans.
Do you think the judges picked the right piece?