PIPA Online 2014 | Meet the winner

This year, for the first time, PIPA Online was split in two different awards:
- PIPA Popular Vote Online 2014, in which the winner is Diego de Santos, the most voted artist in the second round on the voting that happened here at the website.
He will receive a R$5,000 prize.

- PIPA Online 2014 – for this category only the top five voted artists, on the second round were running for. They were: Diego de Santos, Fernando Mendonça, Daniel Escobar, Toz and
Paulo Nimer Pjota
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The winner was decided by a jury based on their portfolio, their profile pages at PIPA’s websites and on a letter about their ideas about going to the residency at Sacatar. The members of the jury were: Augusto Albuquerque ( from Instituto Sacatar), Lucrécia Vinhaes ( Instituto IP and PIPA’s coordinator) and Luiz Camillo Osorio ( curator of Rio de Janeiro’s Museum of Modern Art and a PIPA Board member).
The winner will receive R$10,000 plus a two months residency program, in 2015, at Instituto Sacatar, in Bahia.

Watch the video to meet PIPA Online 2014 winner and listen to comments from Diego de Santos (PIPA Online Popular Vote 2014 winner), Augusto Albuquerque and Lucrécia Vinhaes.

Visit Paulo Nimer Pjota’s page to know more about the winner and see more images of his works and an interview.

Watch this week’s video-interviews

This week we released interviews with the following artists:

Rodrigo Braga

“When I decide to do something it means i cant wait any longer. Id say its almost through a limiting condition when I’ve had enough of ‘not doing it’. That is when I take a break to isolate myself a little from that routine condition that we assume.

Such is the way Rodrigo Braga begins his reply to Alejandra Muñoz’s question: “In general, in your activity, how does a new project start?”

Braga does not work a lot in his studio, as he does not have a creation routine. “It usually happens to me in a mood or state of imminent events”, he explains.

The artist uses photography and video as main medias, however he considers the two to be intertwined with other forms of creation. “It is no wonder photography (…) brings a bit of painting, sculpture.’

Watch the video:

Virginia de Medeiros

The work of Virginia de Medeiros centers on documentary strategies, as a means to transgress mainstream accounts and question the boundaries between reality and fiction. The artist deals with three themes within the field of art and documentary: dislocation, participation, and fabulation.

In her video-interview, Virgínia de Medeiros replies to Alejandra Muñoz’s question: “How do you choose the predominant themes in your work?”

“I am interested in entering situations where the social code and morality are different from the normative standards, being impacted by these codes and seeing what connection this will have in me”, says the artist, whose preferred language is video-installation.

Virgínia speaks about her desire to deconstruct femininity stereotypes, a subject she studied for her masters degree. “I became interesed in working with transvestites. At first it was because they built themselves on the myth of femininity that I was deconstructing on my masters degree.”

She also tells of her “chair of affections”, where transvestites would sit and tell stories that were recorded in video, for a project named “Studio Butterfly”.

Watch the video:

Zezão

José Augusto Amaro Capela, also known as Zezão, began his quest to conquer the underworld with graffiti in São Paulo in the 90s.

In this video he answers a question by critic-curator Renata Azambuja: “Do you work alone or collectively?”

The artist explains how his route through art led him increasingly further collective work, but at the same time, being a self-taught artist, he believes the street was his university and his personal experiences determined his trajectory.

Currently having graffiti as just one of his work components, Zezão says he is not solely focused in documenting his works but also looks for specific places to paint where an intersting photograph can be taken, where “work talks with architecture”, for instance.

Watch the video:

Nominated artist interview | Zezão

José Augusto Amaro Capela, also known as Zezão, began his quest to conquer the underworld with graffiti in São Paulo in the 90s.

In this video he answers a question by critic-curator Renata Azambuja: “Do you work alone or collectively?”

The artist explains how his route through art led him increasingly further collective work, but at the same time, being a self-taught artist, he believes the street was his university and his personal experiences determined his trajectory.

Currently having graffiti as just one of his work components, Zezão says he is not solely focused in documenting his works but also looks for specific places to paint where an intersting photograph can be taken, where “work talks with architecture”, for instance.

Watch the video:

To learn more about Zezão, his career and images of his works, access his artist page.

PIPA Videos

Since PIPA’s first edition in 2010, we hire Matrioska Filmes to execute video-interviews with the nominated artists. In 2014, PIPA still bets on this resource.

Like Luiz Camillo Osorio (MAM-Rio curator and Prize Board member) mentions in the text“Hunger for files”, originally published on 7th June 2013: “ If the prize aims to recognize and distinguish, the building of a contemporary memory looked for an amplified analysis of the circuit.”

Interview with Virgínia de Medeiros

The work of Virginia de Medeiros centers on documentary strategies, as a means to transgress mainstream accounts and question the boundaries between reality and fiction. The artist deals with three themes within the field of art and documentary: dislocation, participation, and fabulation.

In her video-interview, Virgínia de Medeiros replies to Alejandra Muñoz’s question: “How do you choose the predominant themes in your work?”

“I am interested in entering situations where the social code and morality are different from the normative standards, being impacted by these codes and seeing what connection this will have in me”, says the artist, whose preferred language is video-installation.

Virgínia speaks about her desire to deconstruct femininity stereotypes, a subject she studied for her masters degree. “I became interesed in working with transvestites. At first it was because they built themselves on the myth of femininity that I was deconstructing on my masters degree.”

She also tells of her “chair of affections”, where transvestites would sit and tell stories that were recorded in video, for a project named “Studio Butterfly”.

Watch the video:

To learn more about Virgínia de Medeiros, her career, exhibitions and images of her works, access her artist page.

For other interviews with artists nominated this year and in previous editions, as well as special videos, access the video page.

PIPA Videos

Since PIPA’s first edition in 2010, we hire Matrioska Filmes to execute video-interviews with the nominated artists. In 2014, PIPA still bets on this resource.

Like Luiz Camillo Osorio (MAM-Rio curator and Prize Board member) mentions in the text“Hunger for files”, originally published on 7th June 2013: “ If the prize aims to recognize and distinguish, the building of a contemporary memory looked for an amplified analysis of the circuit.”

Exclusive artist interview: Rodrigo Braga

“When I decide to do something it means i cant wait any longer. Id say its almost through a limiting condition when I’ve had enough of ‘not doing it’. That is when I take a break to isolate myself a little from that routine condition that we assume.

Such is the way Rodrigo Braga begins his reply to Alejandra Muñoz’s question: “In general, in your activity, how does a new project start?”

Braga does not work a lot in his studio, as he does not have a creation routine. “It usually happens to me in a mood or state of imminent events”, he explains.

The artist uses photography and video as main medias, however he considers the two to be intertwined with other forms of creation. “It is no wonder photography (…) brings a bit of painting, sculpture.’

Watch the video:

For more information, biography, exhibition history and images of artworks, access Rodrigo Braga‘s page.

PIPA Videos

Since PIPA’s first edition in 2010, we hire Matrioska Filmes to carry out video-interviews with the nominated artists. Coming now to its fifth edition, the Prize goes on with believing in the importance of video that are yearly produced by Matrioska, exclusively for PIPA.
For more PIPA videos, access our videos page.

As MAM-Rio curator and Prize counselor Luis Camillo Osorio points out, in the text “Hunger for files”: If the prize aims to recognize and distinguish, the building of a contemporary memory looked for an amplified analysis of the circuit.

Interview with artist Renato Pera

Renato Pera is a multimedia artist born and currently living in São Paulo. Below is his exclusive interview, as a first-time PIPA nominee this year.

In reply to Alejandra Muñoz’s question, 2014 Nominating Committee member, about how he begins a new artist process, Pera says “it starts with an intuition of a subject or image, (…) sometimes when I walk on the street and see the same thing I have always seen yet it suddenly seems strange.”

The artist refers to windows of a specific sort, which he has manipulated in the series “Janelas Basculantes”, and considers: “it seems very unusual that elements such as window or a brick, which are completely common-place, I can add to and propose new meanings to them.”

“Chairs, curtains, fabrics – they are everyday objects, which are very interesting to me because they are very familiar. I always want to propose a fiction where they become unfamiliar.”

Watch the video:

For more information on Renato Pera, his career, exhibitions and images of his works, access his artist page.

For more interviews with nominated artists at this year and in previous editions, as well as special videos, access the video page.

Diego de Santos wins the PIPA Popular Vote Online 2014 | Five artists in the running for PIPA Online 2014

Last Sunday the 10th, the second round of voting for PIPA 2014 Online ended. Diego de Santos was the most voted by the internet audience and therefore is the winner of PIPA Popular Vote Online. He will receive a R$5,000 prize.

Diego de Santos, along with the other artists with most votes, is running for PIPA Online, with a prize of R$10,000 plus a two-month residency at Instituto Sacatar, Bahia state. The PIPA Online winner will be decided by a Jury and the announcement happens on the 22nd August.

See the final score:

Diego de Santos – 1170
Fernando Mendonça – 1014
Daniel Escobar – 873
Toz – 813
Paulo Nimer Pjota – 788
Pablo Ferretti – 719
Ronald Duarte – 584
Arthur Scovino – 485

The five artists with most votes were Diego de Santos, Fernando Mendonça, Daniel Escobar, Toz and Paulo Nimer Pjota. They are now running for PIPA Online 2014.

Understand the difference between the two awards:

PIPA Online – winner to be chosen by a Jury out of the five artists with most votes in the second round. He will receive R$10,000 and will take part in a residency at Instituto Sacatar, for two months, in 2015.
One of the criteria used by the Jury is the quality of the artists’ pages here on the website.
PIPA Popular Vote Online – where the winning artist – Diego de Santos – is the one with most votes from the public and will receive R$5,000.

Learn more about PIPA Popular Vote Online 2014:

Diego Santos holds a degree in Fine Arts from IFCE and exhibits since 2005.
Recently was awarded the at Arts Hall of Mato Grosso do Sul (2013 edition), and has also been awarded at the 8th Art Salon SESC Amapá in 2010. Has participated in art fairs such as SParte, ArtRio and Artigo.
Since 2013 he is developing a research project and production called “Lar é onde ele está” ["Home is where he is"], at Porto Iracema das Artes, Escola de Formação e Criação do Ceará. The project is to investigate the concept of home in the truckers’ daily lives.
He has works in the collections of the Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste (Fortaleza), Galeria Grace Landeira (Belém, Pará) and in several private collections ( of curators, gallerists and collectors) in Brazil and abroad.

The Prize team congratulates the top five artists in the second round of PIPA Online, particularly Diego de Santos, the
PIPA Popular Vote Online 2014 great winner.

Watch this week’s video interviews: Ana Paula Oliveira, Beto Shwafaty and Toz

This week, three artist interviews were released:

Ana Paula Oliveira

“A new project does not begin, it is a process that leaves a work to go onto another. It develops and grows until you want to get out in the world.”

With this, Ana Paula Oliveira answers the question made by critic and curator Alejandra Muñoz: In general, in your activity, how does a new project start?”

To exemplify, Ana Paula speaks about her installation “Ainda que te vi”. The inspiration came from the artist’s travels through Central Brazil, from observing heavy clouds, which the artist interpreted as suspended marble stones. “It was in my mind for a long time (…) This beautiful sky was not enough – I do not know if it is sky or suspended floor – there are all the relations we can establish.”

Watch the video:

Beto Shwafaty

Beto Shwafaty develops a research-based practice (on spaces, histories and visualities), which seeks to connect formally and conceptually political, social and cultural issues that are converging to the field of art. In this interview, he replies to a question by critic and curator Alejandra Muñoz: “In general, in your activity, how does a new art project start?”

The artist says he always starts from a research, that the kind of art he creates is based on that and on processes of information gathering, exploration of archives and randomness: “when you research for a project you find data that will end up giving rise to a new project”.

About how he carries out an artistic project, Shwafaty says: “I do not particularly have a work routine as an artist. My life is pretty hectic. I think my own practice as an artist reflects that. I do not repeat works, neither do I work with a lot of series. At each new project I try to think of what language and what materialization is the best option for what I am trying to communicate and build.”

Watch the video:

Toz

The graffiti artist Toz was born in Salvador, Bahia state, but lives in Rio and his characters are inspired by the modern urban life. In this video he answers a question by the also artist Cadu, who wants to know: “Where does life start and where does art end?”

Tomaz Viana, aka Toz, tells us that when he was a child, his mother used to take him to her Fine Arts lessons, and that his father took him to get his first tattoo when he was only nine.
He also talks of how his characters started being recognised and gained specific features, and of the differences of working in the streets or in a gallery: “driving on the street, you can never see a graffiti piece calmly. But in a gallery you have all the time in the world to sit and enjoy the work.”

Watch the video:

Beto Shwafaty on exclusive video-interview

Beto Shwafaty develops a research-based practice (on spaces, histories and visualities), which seeks to connect formally and conceptually political, social and cultural issues that are converging to the field of art. In this interview, he replies to a question by critic and curator Alejandra Muñoz: “In general, in your activity, how does a new art project start?”

The artist says he always starts from a research, that the kind of art he creates is based on that and on processes of information gathering, exploration of archives and randomness: “when you research for a project you find data that will end up giving rise to a new project”.

About how he carries out an artistic project, Shwafaty says: “I do not particularly have a work routine as an artist. My life is pretty hectic. I think my own practice as an artist reflects that. I do not repeat works, neither do I work with a lot of series. At each new project I try to think of what language and what materialization is the best option for what I am trying to communicate and build.”

Tthe artist also tells us of “Remediações” (currently on view at Paço das Artes, São Paulo), a video-collage in which the artist tries to “deconstruct and create collisions on video between these narratives and these national speeches of progress.”

Watch the video:

For more about Beto Shwafaty, his career, exhibitions and images of his works, access his artist page.

For other interviews with artists nominated this year and in previous editions, as well as special videos, access the video page.

Video-interview with Ana Paula Oliveira

“A new project does not begin, it is a process that leaves a work to go onto another. It develops and grows until you want to get out in the world.”

With this, Ana Paula Oliveira answers the question proposed by critic and curator Alejandra Muñoz: In general, in your activity, how does a new project start?”

To exemplify, Ana Paula speaks of her installation “Ainda que te vi”. The inspiration came from the artist’s travels through Central Brazil, from observing heavy clouds, which the artist interpreted as suspended marble rocks. “It was in my mind for a long time (…) This beautiful sky was not enough – I do not know if it is sky or suspended floor – there are all the relations we can establish.”

Watch the video:

To know more about Ana Paula Oliveira, her career, exhibitions and images of her works, access her artist page.

For more interviews with artists nominated this year and in previous editions, as well as special videos, access the video page.