Winner of the Prix Elysée - Edition 2018 - 2020

Luis Carlos Tovar winner of the third edition of the PrixElysée, with his project “My Father’s Garden”.

The Musée de l’Elysée and Parmigiani Fleurier are thrilled to announce that Luis Carlos Tovar wins the third edition of the Prix Elysée.

The Colombian photographer was selected by an international jury of experts for his project My Father’s Garden. The starting point for Luis Carlos Tovar’s work is a photograph, but, paradoxically, one that he has never seen. It is the “proof of life” of his father, taken hostage by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in Columbia. Tovar has other traces to fill his father’s silences – the titles of the books he read in the jungle, the turquoise butterflies he kept between the books’ pages, and the Amazon landscapes he tries to recreate in his garden. These enable him to imagine his father’s pain, but never to fully understand it.

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© Mathilda Olmi

My Father’s Garden

“The starting point for this project is a photograph that reveals my father’s survival during his abduction by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in 1980. The photograph, a Polaroid hidden among the small myths of my family history, is (an object) unknown to me. Its existence is a rumor, a depiction from my sister’s memory, the only person who has seen the image, which is jealously guarded by my father among his most hidden and personal files."

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© Luis Carlos Tovar, My Father’s Garden, 2019 / Prix Elysée

© Luis Carlos Tovar, My Father’s Garden, 2019 / Prix Elysée

© Luis Carlos Tovar, My Father’s Garden, 2019 / Prix Elysée

© Luis Carlos Tovar, My Father’s Garden, 2019 / Prix Elysée

© Luis Carlos Tovar, My Father’s Garden, 2019 / Prix Elysée

© Luis Carlos Tovar, My Father’s Garden, 2019 / Prix Elysée


Bio

1979, born in Bogotá, Colombia, lives and works in France

Luis Carlos Tovar is a visual artist and educator from Bogotá. He considers art as a vessel for reflection, a catalyst for building resilience, and an agent for inner and outer transformation.

Tovar explores mutable geographies (i.e. displacement), how otherness is created, and the role of memory in the present. He has worked with vulnerable populations in his country and with refugees in Europe. Committed to social justice, he has developed decentralized pedagogical spaces, where participants inhabit their individual and collective journeys. His work integrates different mediums such as photography, painting, mixed media and video installation.

He has exhibited in Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Rome, Paris, Madrid and Pingyao. He recently won the 2017 PhotoEspaña Discovery Prize (Madrid) and completed a residency at the Musée du quai Branly (2017-18) and the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (2018-19).

www.luiscarlostovar.com


The Prix Elysée is made possible thanks to its main partner Parmigiani Fleurier, exclusive watchmaking partner of the museum