Finalists 2017

The date of PIPA Prize’s Finalists announcement is always an important milestone for those who follow the award since 2010. Selected amongst the 56 artists who were nominated for this edition of the Prize, the four finalists will be running for a total donation of R$130,000 – a sum that includes an artistic residency at Residency Unlimited, in New York – , which corresponds to the award’s main category, PIPA Prize.

Asides from the main category, chosen by the Award Jury, the Finalists will also be evaluated by the audience of the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio), where they will be showing their artworks in an exhibition from September 23rd to November 26th, 2017. The visitors attending the show will vote on their favourite artist at the museum’s exhibition, and the most voted artist is the winner of the PIPA Prize Popular Vote Exhibition category, receiving a donation of R$24,000.

Watch the video in which Luiz Camillo Osorio, curator of the PIPA Institute reveals who are the four finalists of the 8th edition of the Prize.

Who are the 2017 finalists

Antonio Obá reconfigures in his work aspects of a countryside tradition that permeates Brazilian religious universe that critically reflects upon the idea of a supposed syncretism and historical situations linked to ethnical prejudice. He brings in his works an affective memory that proposes an intimate reflection about his body (his own mixed-race, black body) but that is brought to work (rigorously put) through sacrifice in narratives that tell of a Brazilian history seen from a body that pierces the roots of a tradition with both feet, a tradition still marginalized in many contexts.

As a visual artist, he has participated in collective and individual art shows since 2001. Some of those shows were: “(in)corporações” (2015), at Cândido Portinari gallery, at UERJ (Rio de Janeiro State University); the 2nd edition of Salão Transborda exhibition (2016), at Caixa Cultural Brasília, displaying pieces from the Galeria de Arte XXX (Brasília) collection; and,  in 2017, “South-South: Let me begin again”, showcased at Goodman Gallery South Africa.

Bárbara Wagner

The artist has a master’s degree in visual arts from the Dutch Art Institute (2011) and is represented by Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel and Extraspazio. Bárbara was nominated for PIPA Prize for the first time in 2010.

Although she favours exploration of straightened or ‘peripheral’ situations in her native Brazil or in Holland and China (as in her most recent photographic series), Bárbara Wagner is not interested in a documentary type slant. Far from photojournalistic essays, her photos do not present her subjects as ‘victims’ (in accordance with a predefined perspective, as often occurs). What they put forward is a less orthodox and conventional method of approaching these subjects: through posing (as in the studio photograph), which brings the subjects onstage in an active and aware manner, representing them as they choose to be represented; and through stylistic features such as the use of the flash outdoors, saturation of colours, compositional care and attention. With these elements Wagner builds up lively frames that capture the subjects’ free and often self-ironical performance: in a natural way they take over and play with the photographic space and with the eye of the beholder.

Carla Guagliardi

The artist lives between Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and Berlin (Germany). Like Bárbara Wagner, Carla was nominated for PIPA for the first time in 2010.

Guagliardi studied at the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage (1987/1989) and pursued a postgraduate degree in Art and Architecture at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1990/1991).

The crude delicacy of the poetics is always seeking the meeting points between immobility and mobility, temporal and timeless, weight and lightness. The blue balloons, in the imminence of the disappearance, in their constitutive precariousness, enliven in the stone an unshakable materiality. The contrast between materials makes explicit the ownership of each thing, a singularity that is born of the very coexistence between them produced by the sculpture.

Guagliardi is represented by galleries Anita Schwartz (Brazil) and Galerie m Bochum  (Germany).

Éder Oliveira

Born in 1983, in Timboteua, region of Pará, in the Brazilian Amazon. Graduated in Arts Education – Fine Arts by Federal University of Pará. A painter by metier, he develops since 2004 works concerning portraits and identity, creating site-specific works, interventions, and oil paintings. Oliveira’s main focus is the Amazonian man and his identity, image, and marginalization. He works and lives in Belém, capital of Pará, and is currently represented by Periscópio Arte Contemporânea.

He has participated in several exhibitions, including: “31st São Paulo Biennial” (Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, 2014), “Pororoca: The Amazon at MAR” (Rio Museum of Art – MAR, 2014), “Amazon, Cycles of Modernity” (CCBB Rio de Janeiro and Brasília, 2012), and the “The Triumph of Contemporary” (Museum of Contemporary Arts – MAC, Porto Alegre, 2012).

Besides having received some awards and prizes, as Funarte grant “Bolsa de Estímulo à Produção em Artes Visuais” (2014), Award of Visual Arts “SIM – Sistema Integrado de Museus” (2008) and the 2nd Grand Prize of Art Pará Salon (2007), he has works in collections as Rio Grande do Sul Museum of Contemporary Arts, Casa das Onze Janelas Museum and Federal University of Pará Museum.

The four finalists are also invited to participate in PIPA Online, a category open to all participating artists which will begin next month, in July 16th. Keep tuned!

Once again we put below the explanatory flowchart of the PIPA award and all its details to help people to understand the different categories, and how the nominating, finalists and winners are selected.


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