Public Prize 2023

Each year, the Public Prize rewards the visitors’ favorite among the exhibited photographers.

And the 2023 winner is… Mitchell MORENO !

BODY COPY explores the performance of masculinities in digital culture. From ads found on gay and queer dating sites, Mitchell Moreno tries to create “ideal” replies to these texts with sophisticated self-portraits. Stylist, decorator, subject and photographer all at once, the artist made each image at their London home on a shoestring.

Mitchell Moreno has suffered from body dysmorphic and eating disorders. This project was initially a way of facing their struggle with seeing themself and taking photographs of themself. Beyond the psycho-therapeuthic scope, BODY COPY examines how queer masculinities are unstable constructions, ingrained in material and digital cultures, and inextricably linked to neoliberalist interests.