Johanna-Maria Fritz, a young German artist, is the winner of the 2024 edition of the BNL BNP Paribas Award with her diptych “Gaza, Palestine,” 2016.

The artwork is part of the LIKE A BIRD series that captures the existence of circus performers in regions known for troubled politics and dire living conditions. The photos there were taken in 2016 and show a Palestine that doesn’t exist anymore. Looking at the reports from Gaza in 2024, Fritz’ photos not just celebrate creativity, but became historic documents.

The Bank, the main sponsor of MIA Photo Fair for thirteen editions, selected these shots because they continue the dialogue on crucial themes that continue to influence our present and future. Photography, with its unique power to capture moments and stories, invites reflection and choices about the decisions we make every day.

Fritz’s artwork, carefully selected by the prize jury from among the 15 finalist photographs, joins the esteemed art collection of BNL BNP Paribas, which currently includes over 6,000 masterpieces.