11 June 2012
John Jones are delighted to announce Turkish artist Rona Binay as the winner of our 2012 2D Art Competition! This photograph entitled ‘Garbage of Istanbul’ was taken at a plastic recycling centre in Turkey, where the artist lives and works. Rona describes these figures as ‘hidden’ from view, with the majority of the public unaware of their existence. Through this piece, the artist hopes to encourage people to ‘care more and appreciate’ the intensive labour which goes on in her capital. This moving image was Rona’s interpretation of our theme question ‘where are you from?’ and proposes challenging questions to the viewer.
The competition was judged by contemporary artist Danny Rolph and Katharine Stout, Curator of contemporary art at TATE Britain and Associate Director at the Drawing Room. The judges stated: ‘Rona Binay's image stood out immediately as an arresting, but also thought-provoking image. Her choice of subject was an unexpected response to the theme, which gave the work a wider resonance. We were impressed by the composition, the capture of the harsh lighting conditions in the factory environment and the use of colour.’
As part of her prize, Rona will receive £500 of museum level art materials, a bespoke frame to showcase the winning artwork worth £500, promotion across our website and a space in our summer exhibition to display her work in our London studios. Rona was delighted to be awarded the prize, stating: ‘I am very delighted to be selected as the winner of this competition. It is a great honour to have Katharine Stout and Danny Rolph's support for my work. Thank you John Jones very much for this opportunity.’