PIPA News

  • Video-interview | Yana Tamayo

    Yana Tamayo works predominantly with photography, video and drawing and has been regularly participating in exhibitions since 2003.
    The artist replies to a question by critic and curator Alejandra Muñoz: “How do you choose the predominant themes in your work?”
    Yana says that, being born and raised in Brasília, the country capital, architecture is for her a simultaneously familiar and strange theme, and even when it is not present, architecture has a very exciting dialogue, “”as something that should be in space, that should exist”.
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  • Interview with Thiago Martins de Melo, PIPA 2014 finalist

    “Before entering a new language, I really try to do a lot of research first… Until I really accept that I should do a certain work”, says the finalist Thiago Martins de Melo in reply to Alejandra Muñoz’s question: “How do you choose the predominant themes in your work?”
    In this interview the artist, whose preferred media is painting, tells us about a series of three-dimension works that he will present soon. “I want to eliminate part of this separation between sculpture and painting. Painting and oil are also interesting to me as if they were some flesh withing the 3D space.”
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  • Mayana Redin | Exclusive interview

    It is possible to realize through Mayana Redin’s work interests in geographical, cosmological, philosophical and for other forms of fiction created by imagination and by world objects, using, for this, different artistic languages​​: from appropriating images and objects, to design, video and photography.
    The artists tells us about her creative process in this video-interview, where she answers a question proposed by Alejandra Muñoz: “In general, in your activity, how does a new art project start?”
    Mayana explains that her projects are often involved in research and theoretical interests that end up generating practical concerns. “Sometimes it is the opposite. My interest in things in the world makes me seek some kind of theoretical reading or research.”
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  • Sofia Borges | Exclusive video-interview

    Sofia Borges replies to Beatriz Milhazes’ question: “How do you develop your working process? You try a dialogue or is it only discussion?”
    The artist, who works mostly with photography, says her creative process stems from a question rather than a dialogue or discussion: “I really like that ‘problem’ idea. No matter the variable, there is an equation, a sentence, a relationship between elements.”
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  • Ronald Duarte | Exclusive video-interview

    Ronald Duarte lives in Rio de Janeiro, holds a Masters degree in History of Art and for the last twenty years has been featured in great exhibitions and cultural events in Brazil and abroad.
    In this interview, he replies to curator Daniela Labra’s question on what is the primary need he observes in Brazilian contemporary art. The artist speaks about the lack of dialogue to other languages, other kinds of art, differences and life itself.
    Duarte comments of his relationship and direct contact to urban violence – “I was introduced to guns before art” – and says he does not work with the theme for a matter of aesthetics or choice, but rather because he needs to.
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  • Setting up the PIPA 2014 Finalists Exhibition

    The PIPA 2014 exhibition presents the works made by this edition’s finalists: Alice Miceli, Daniel Steegmann-Mangrané, Thiago Martins de Melo and Wagner Malta Tavares. During the week before the exhibition opening, the four finalists went to assemble their works. They spoke to the Matrioska Filmes and an exclusive video was produced.
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Weekly Agenda

  • Schedule from 13th to 19th September

    Check out the full agenda for this week of exhibitions and events related to PIPA artists, Nominating Committee members, Board members, MAM-Rio and relevant information about art in Brazil and abroad.


Art Circuit

  • Group exhibition analyses the relationship between art and education through over 180 artworks

    (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) The show’s title, “Há escolas que são gaiolas e há escolas que são asas” ["Some schools are cages and some schools are wings"], is a quote by writer Rubem Alves and part of the project Arte e Sociedade no Brasil [Art and Society in Brazil], which began with the 2013 show “O abrigo e o terreno” ["Shelter and terrain"] and is dedicated to thinking about the role of Brazilian art in otherness and social relations. Ana Miguel, Cinthia Marcelle, Danilo Ribeiro, Felipe Barbosa, Felipe Cohen, Grupo Empreza, Gustavo Speridião, Jonathas de Andrade, Lenora de Barros, Luciana Paiva, Marilá Dardot, Paulo Meira, Regina de Paula and Roberto Winter are some of the artists on view.

  • Photographs, sculptures and installation make up Cristiano Lenhardt’s show

    (São Paulo, Brazil) “Litomorfose” ["Lithomorphosis"], photography series homonym to the exhibition, consists of three pictures in which the artist is shown dressed in a sculptural paper attire. In “Radiadores” ["Radiators"], six used car radiators with metal frames are overlaid and placed against a wall. Another project made exclusively for the exhibition is TV set sculptures covered in duct tape.

  • Group exhibition addresses São Paulo’s cyclical urbanization processes

    (São Paulo, Brazil) Given this historical period and this critical perspective, the exhibition articulates four cores for discussion: the building of Galeria Leme, processes of construction and destruction, the urban and architectural development of São Paulo and, finally, real estate speculation. Works by artists such as Alexandre Brandão, Ana Mazzei, Beto Shwafaty, Hector Zamora and Lais Myrrha structure these cores, suggesting relationships between the idea of ​​construction as material edification, with the idea of ​​construction as conceptual elaboration.

  • Commissioned by the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, Henrique Oliveira produces plywood installation

    (Chaumont-sur-Loire) “Momento fecundo” wavers between animal and plant – its creator sees it as a reference to the snake in the story of Le Petit Prince, which swallows an elephant. But as with Gaston Bachelard (who wrote “The Poetics of Space”), for Oliveira the barn is the lair of the unconscious, and dark, unknown forces.

  • Vancouver Biennale features installations by contemporary Brazilian artists

    (Vancouver, Canada) Transforming the historic space into a community hub, the International Pavilion exhibits installations from Brazil’s most significant emerging artists, such as the collective Filé de Peixe, Gisela Motta & Leandro Lima, João Loureiro, Marcelo Moscheta, Mariana Manhães and Raul Mourão. The Pavilion serves as a gateway to showcase the Brazilian contemporary art scene with all its richness of contemporary thinking, universality and innovation in its creative processes.

  • On view | “1:1″, solo exhibition by Shima

    (São Paulo, Brazil) After eight intense months of preparation, the exhibition project – financed through crowdfunding – enables an interchange between artist and public during the one month Shima has been living in the exhibition space and where he will actually produce artworks. On Saturday the 20th, the artist will be holding a “curator barbecue”, where art curators must bring the meat (and vegetables for vegetarians) and the artists are also invited.

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