PIPA Prize 2012 finalist and winner of PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition, category in which the public votes for their favourite artist during the finalists exhibition at MAM-Rio, Rodrigo Braga was born in Manaus and grew up in the city of Recife, Pernambuco, in the Northeast region of Brazil. In part due to this early experience – which, he says, has become mythical in his imaginary –, in part due to his family context (his parents and sister are environmentalists), his poetic often addresses the relationship between man and nature. This is one of the main topics discussed in this exclusive interview with Luiz Camillo Osorio, PIPA Institute Curator, which also features the artist’s relation with photography and video, his artistic training, and the international reception of his work.
(Rome, Italy) PIPA Online Winner in 2012 and PIPA Prize Finalist in the following year, Berna Reale participates in “Please Come Back: The World as Prison?”, on view at the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI). There, she joins other 25 artists in an effort to recount prison as a metaphor for the contemporary world, and the contemporary world as a metaphor for prison: technological, hyperconnected, shared and ever more closely controlled.
(Santander, Spain) Finalist in PIPA Prize 2015 and one of eight the winners of the 2016 Botín Foundation Fellowship for the Plastic Arts, Leticia Ramos worked from 2016 to 2017 on a project called “A História Universal dos Terremotos” (“The Universal History of Earthquakes”). The result of this research can be seen at “Itinerarios XXIII”, in which Ramos participates along the other seven grant receivers, Adriá Juliá, Aleix Plademunt, Katinka Bock, Levi Orta, Oriol Vilanova, Pedro Neves Marques and Regina de Miguel.
(Bourges, France) Thiago Martins de Mello, PIPA Prize Finalist in 2014, participates in “L’île aux Mythes” (“The Island of Myths”), on view at Galerie La Box, run by the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges (ENSA-Bourges). The group exhibition features works by eight artists from the Servais Family Collection, all of them combining their cultural origins to the contemporary world, often using traditional techniques and ancestral narratives to give substance to their production.
Rogério Ghomes launches the book “I need to believe that if I close my eyes the world will still be here”
(Londrina, Brazil) Launched during the SP-Arte art fair last week, Rogério Ghomes, PIPA Prize nominee in 2012, has just published “I need to believe that if I close my eyes the world will still be here”. The book reproduces images of selected works by Ghomes, from the 6th Biennial of Havana to the Curitiba International Biennial in 2015, where he exhibited the “Barroc” series. In addition to an introduction text by Moacir dos Anjos, the book also includes critical essays by Eder Chiodetto, Ricardo Resende and Tadeu Chiarelli.