'THE STRING PROJECT,' brown, carmine and blue. win ArtPrize 10

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — "THE STRING PROJECT" by Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez, a series of photos demonstrating the similarities between all people across boundaries, is the winner of the public vote grand prize at ArtPrize 10.

The ArtPrize Awards Friday, Nix wiped away tears after finding out she and her husband had won $200,000.

"We cannot believe it," Cortez said.

They traveled to four continents on $30 per day to take the photos. They shot each image in under five minutes, purposely not posing the subjects very carefully in an effort to capture a genuine moment. The person or people in each photo grasp a white cord, a symbol of the "human connection."

You can see "THE STRING PROJECT" at DeVos Place Convention Center through Sunday.

Le'Andra LeSeur won the $200,000 juried grand prize for her work brown, carmine and blue.

A stunned LeSeur, who was also a Shortlist finalist in ArtPrize Nine, was emotional and had difficulty speaking after finding out she had won.

The work is a series of objects, images, videos and performances that LeSeur said are reflective of her identity. They showcase the traumas she has experienced and the joy that came out of them.

You can see brown, carmine and blue. at SiTE:LAB, which is at 415 Franklin St. SE.

All photos courtesy of 24-hour News 8 || More about the grand-prize winners and the category winners can be found at WOODTV.com.


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