Helga Leunig finalist in the 2016 MGA Bowness Prize / by Helga Salwe

Happy to be a finalist in this years Bowness Prize

Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual non-acquisitive William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia's most coveted photography prize. It is also one of the country's most open prizes for photography (1). 

Exhibition dates: Friday 1 Sept – Sunday 16 Oct    |    Announcement and opening: Wednesday 7 Sept

Site of Bonegilla Migrant Camp | 2015

Artist statement: "My mother was born in Germany, and my father in Poland. As refugees in post-war Europe they wanted to get as far away from Europe as possible. My mother never made Australia her home, gradually she lost her mind. My father gave up and died of a broken heart at 59. I’ll never know exactly what happened to them during the war because they’re both dead now, but I’m trying to understand through the fragments I collect. I know my father was captured by the Nazis at 15, and didn’t tell his family he married a German. They thought he died during the war. The children of war-traumatised parents carry the trauma; it’s in our bones, literally in our DNA."