C New Critics Award
Now in its 13th year, the C New Critics Award is designed to help identify, develop and promote the work of emerging art critics. Writers are invited to submit an 800-1,000 word review of an exhibition, performance, publication, or moving image work, by May 15, 2022—the extended deadline. The winner will receive $750, editorial support to prepare their article for publication in the Autumn issue of C Magazine, and a two-year subscription. All participants will receive a one-year subscription.
For the purposes of the award, an emerging writer is defined as anyone who has not published more than one piece of art criticism in a recognized print or online publication, exclusive of student-run journals or magazines. The competition is open to anyone residing in Canada, regardless of citizenship status, and to Canadians living abroad.
Exhibition and performance reviews must address work that occurred no earlier than January 1, 2022, whereas book and moving image work reviews must address work made in the past two years.
Please let us know of any accommodation we may provide during the application process. Note that measures are taken to ensure that the identity of entrants remains unknown to adjudicators.
The submissions will be assessed by C Magazine editors and external jurors, to be announced.
2021 C New Critics Award winner: Sasha Cordingley
This year's winner, Sasha Cordingley—in her review of Jesse Chun’s SULLAE 술래 (2020), a 6-minute long single-channel film which roots itself in the precolonial Korean women’s harvest and fertility dance—offers a unique perspective on women’s ritual, translation, and language. Reflecting on the video’s exploration of phonemes in English and the Korean alphabet and showing text, Cordingley writes that Chun “interrupts the use of English as a tool toward nationalist consciousness and colonial ownership by dispossessing its aural, sonic, and visual frameworks. Disconnected from its violent positioning as a privileged vehicle which has served to provide both agency and currency within a globalized economy, Chun reveals a language which, at its core, is hollow and empty—like the centre of the circles that materialize throughout the film.”
Sasha Cordingley is a writer and editor from Hong Kong and the Philippines. Her practice is rooted in untangling the violent intersection of colonialism and racialization in contemporary culture, with a particular interest in the ways these systems affect those of the Asian diaspora. She is the recipient of the Henry Moore Institute Dissertation Prize.
SULLAE 술래 — Jesse Chun by Sasha Cordingley appears in C Magazine Issue 150 "Maps" (Winter 2022).
We would also like to congratulate the runner-up, Kalina Nedelcheva.
Kalina Nedelcheva is a multi-media artist-researcher, emerging curator, and musician, based in Tkaronto, Canada. Completing her MFA at OCAD University, she explores the ways in which human consciousness engages in the process of meaning-making. She has developed an uncanny interest in film as a medium for theoretical storytelling and her experimental shorts have been screened by Trinity Square Video, OCAD SU Spring Festival, Toronto Arthouse Film Festival, and more. As an emerging curator, Nedelcheva has headed the programming project “Archives of Space” and collaborative endeavors such as “403 Forbidden” and “Movement/ Nature: Guided Exercises by Artists” at the AGO.
Thank you to all who participated.
Jurors for 2021 included Maya Wilson-Sanchez, Miriam Jordan-Haladyn, and Sophie Le-Phat Ho.