The finalists are running for two categories:
– PIPA (the main award) for a total of R$130,000 (including participating in an international artistic residency programme at Residency Unlimited, in New York). The winner is chosen by the Award Jury, whose main selection criteria are portfolio, trajectory of the artists, the works presented at the MAM-Rio exhibition, and the relevance the prize may have on the development of the career of the artist.
– PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition – where the winner wins R$24,000 and is chosen by the public during the course of the exhibition at MAM-Rio. The voting ended on October 30th, and the winner was announced on November 2nd. Click here to find out who was the winner in this category of the Prize.
“They are four artists with very assertive, diverse and politically-charged poetics. In a country, and a world, convulsed by political crises and civilizing challenges, commitment and involvement with the current situation is the least we can expect from art”, comments Luiz Camillo Osorio, Curator of PIPA Institute.
Watch the behind-the-scenes video of the exhibition being set up, featuring the finalists talking about their artworks on view:
About the finalists and the works on view:
Clara Ianni, whose research for a doctorate in Visual Arts at USP is focused on the relationship between art and politics, shows the video installation “Circle” (2014-2016).
“Circle” features a documentary video of a demonstration against the Football World Cup, in the streets of São Paulo in 2014, where the police use the Hamburg’s Cauldron technique.The strategy is to control a demonstration by training police circular cords that move and push the crowd in order to confine it to a certain area. “The idea of the work is to make us think about the shape of the circle and its various applications”, says Ianni. The artist replicates this circle on the museum’s ground which connects the Hamburg circle to the tapes on the floor of the museums that indicate the minimum approach distance to see a work of art.
Gustavo Speridião probably is the artist in which the political footprint is more explicit. He is showing the installation-painting “Fora” (2013), a 6.5-meter canvas clipped on the wall, in which he fills the pictorial plan painting words as if it was a political demonstration banner or a notebook with political notes. Speridião highlights on the painting: “Tears, blood, sweat, and nankin – speaking of the work process, the material is basically this“.
“Everyone has a very political profile. Perhaps in Baldan’s work is where this approach is less obvious, but it can be found on the way she explores the architecture”, says Osorio.
Luiza Baldan presents the video installation “Perabé” (2014-2015) a contemporary narrative of the artist relationship with the cities that she has lived.” São Paulo was the first city where I lived, for a short time that is not on the coast and I realized how much I miss the sea in my relationship with the city”. It is a collection of photographs and a text written by the artist, read in four different voices through four separate sound channels that adds to the immersive qualities of the work.
According to Baldan, “Paulo Nazareth’s work looks completely different from mine, but it has this thing of wandering and displacement. You somehow build things up from what you pick up and find along the way”.
Paulo Nazareth who has traveled long distances on foot, from the village of Caiová to New York, from Miami to Mumbai, among several curious destinations, showcases the series “Produtos de genocídio”/”Products of Genocide” (2015-2016), an installation composed of ready-made objects, silkscreens, prints and a video. The series reflects on the extermination of indigenous populations and the appropriation of elements of their culture as consumer goods.
Nazareth observes: “I don’t know how our works are going to dialogue, but we are already talking as we are living the same moment in time. Each one of us has a story and a different way to face life and this current historical moment”.
On view through November 13th
PIPA Popular vote until October 30th
Modern Art Museum of Rio de Janeiro
Av Infante Dom Henrique 85, Parque do Flamengo 20021-140 Rio de Janeiro RJ Brasil.
T +55 (21) 3883 5600
tues – fri 12pm – 6pm | sat, sun e holidays 12pm – 7pm
Exhibitions R$14,00 (including a free session at the cinamateque of the museum).
Over 60 years old and students over 12 R$7,00. On Sundays, the family ticket for 5 people costs R$12,00.
Over 60 years old and students over 12 R$3,00.
How to arrive: The Modern Art Museum is located between the Monumento aos Pracinhas and Santos Dumont airport.
Bus (lines and stops)
From Zona Sul >> Via Parque do Flamengo: 472 (Leme), 438 (Leblon), 154 (Ipanema), 401 (Flamengo), 422 (Cosme Velho). Bus stop at Avenida Beira Mar.
Via Aterro: 121, 125 e 127 (Copacabana). Bus stop at Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos in front of the French Consulate.
From Zona Norte >> 422 (Tijuca), 472 (São Cristóvão), 438 (Vila Isabel), 401 (Rio Comprido). Bus Stop at Avenida Presidente Wilson, next to the Academia Brasileira de Letras.
From Zona Oeste >> Taquara-Castelo (via Zona Sul). Bus stop at Avenida Presidente Wilson, in front of Academia Brasileira de Letras.
Subway: Estação Cinelândia
Parking from 7am – 10pm
For further information, see http://mamrio.org.br.