Watch another five video-interviews with the artists nominated for the ninth edition of the Prize! Produced in partnership with Do Rio Filmes, they allow you to learn more about the works, career, inspirations and much more of Alvaro Seixas, Ana Elisa Egreja, Desali, Jaime Lauriano and Juliana Notari. Simply hit play.
“A few years ago, people said I was an abstract painter. Today this has broaden to mysoginistic, agressive, sadistic,” starts the sharp-tongued Alvaro Seixas. In the interview, he retells his change of feeling towards painting. If at first he saw it almost romantically, as an instrument of change, he has more and more come to understand it an instrument of domination and power. “Making cangas didn’t drive to make art,” he mocks. “I think cangas are another tool of power and domination, but I think painting is more efficient. I think we can sell paintings for a much higher price than cangas.”
Ana Elisa Egreja
In one canvas, disoriented kitchens are portrayed in the stairs of a traditional house. In the other, the composition showcases not a still life not composed of fruits and bread, but cleaning products and other domestic objects. Hyperrealist in their form, but surrealist in terms of content, Ana Elisa Egreja says she likes to think about her paintings as if they were literary short-stories: “Every painting has a story in itself. The main character is always the house,” she defines. “My way of painting has many adjectives, so I give a lot of attention to details.”
Warley Desali is an unconventional artist. His resourcefulness is present from his very name (which originated a number of clever puns – ”Desalixo”, or “Desali-garbage”, as it can be translated, is the one with which he signs his Instagram account) to his works, which maintain a constant dialogue with what it popular. It can also be seen in his video-interviews for PIPA Prize, outstanding both in this and in the last edition of the award.
The works of Jaime Lauriano, nominated for the Prize for the second time his year, usually have three sources of inspiration, which can, or not appear together in a given work. They are the very micro subject he intends to investigate; researching in historical archives and collections, or a material he stumbles upon. Generally, however, Lauriano’s work reflects upon one single theme. And it couldn’t be more urgent: “my work investigates a cartography of violence in Brazil,” he says.
Warning: the following video contains explicit images. That’s because its interviewee, Juliana Notari, is not afraid to expose herself to the rawest organic matter in her works. Seeking to sacralize the ordinary life through art, she has already cleaned the bones of a family mausoleum and ate the testicles of a buffalo right after it was castrated. “I could resignify a trivial practice which takes place here and bring it to the art field,” she explains.
Watch all the PIPA Prize 2018 video-interviews here.