Three weeks before the opening of the PIPA Prize 2017 exhibition at MAM-Rio – the show begins on September 23rd –, PIPA Institute Curator Luiz Camillo Osorio starts a series of exclusive talks with this edition’s four finalists. The first artist to be interviewed is Antonio Obá. Born in Ceilândia, in the outskirts of Brasília, his work delves into the Brazilian religious universe, questioning the national myth that describes it as a syncretic mix between Catholicism and African faiths. Here, Obá talks performance, Afro-Brazilian art, positionality, and how art can – and should – surpass gallery walls.
(Copenhagen, Denmark) At a time of accelerating transformations in global ecosystems, animals are forced to migrate and adapt themselves to a new environment, where nature, culture and technology are entangled. The discussion guides “Ex Situ. Samples of Life”, that starts this Sunday at the Copenhagen Contemporary. The exhibition showcases the works of 11 artists, including PIPA Prize 2016 nominee Pedro Wirz.
(London, UK) In his first solo show in London, at the David Zwirner Gallery, PIPA Prize 2012 nominee Lucas Arruda showcases recent, small-sized paintings that appear at once familiar and imaginary. The show starts this weekend and displays atmospheric landscapes and seascapes painted from memory, sceneries that, because of its lack of specific reference points, gain a dreamlike effect. Also on view is a projection involving painted slides.
(Phoenix, US) The exhibition “Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art” presents one of the many possible constellations of artworks produced in Brazil from the 1990s to the 2010s. The group show starts today, September 1st, at the Phoenix Art Museum and gathers the works of over 50 artists, including 17 PIPA Prize nominees.