Interview with Pipa 2016 Nominated Artists

In every edition of the Prize, the participating artists are invited to record exclusive video interviews, an opportunity for artists to voice their ideas, talk about their creative processes and careers. The video interviews are produced by Matrioska Filmes. This week, we released interviews with Arissana Pataxó, Leandra Espirito Santo and Pedro França.

Arissana Pataxó

Arissana Braz adopted the stage name Arissana Pataxó in honor of her indigenous community. In addition to the work with painting, she is also a high school teacher in the urban village where she lives in Bahia.The artist talks about the importance of her work in representing the indigenous image outside the village: “My interest as an artist is not so much in here. Here in the village, my role is just to work with the kids at school. But, outside the village, is all about showing what people don’t know about the Brazilian Indian”.

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Leandra Espirito Santo

Leandra Espirito Santo lives in the city center of Rio de Janeiro and talks about how day by day reality mobilizes the compositions of her works: “The ways of living downtown, everything is always very flexible, as if adapting to situations. A way of living through improvising”. The artist says that this influenced her first works in which she deconstructed an object and gave it another function.

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Pedro França

Pedro França taught History of Art at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage between 2006 and 2011. The artist that, until recently, opted for black and white in his works, talks about his artwork that consists in super colorful zombie-like clothes and explains his difficulty in working with colors: “Colour has always been a problem for me, a fear, something I could not face. I started the year by doing a lot of observation watercolors. The watercolor put me directly in touch with color, and with a more liquid, more shapeless, more uncontrolled materiality of a stain.”

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