Ana Dantas is a PIPA nominee for the first time this year.
She is graduated in Advertising and Film at Emerson College in Boston, USA. From 2000 to 2005, she worked in film production in New York City with several directors, including Spike Lee and Martin Scorsese. In 2005, she returned to Brazil and started working with video editing. Currently, she lives and works in Rio de Janeiro and New York, where she continues to work editing other artists’ videos and also developing her individual work.
On this video, the artist answers the question made by the art critic and curator Jesús Maria Carrillo: “In a world of specialized knowledge, what kind of knowledge about the world do you have as an artist?”
She also talks about the psychological, philosophical and spiritual nature of her research, and tells how she investigates the human condition in general and her own subjective position in the world.
Watch the interview with Ana Dantas:
Since the first year of the prize PIPA, in 2010, Matrioska Filmes produces video-interviews with the PIPA nominees.
Pointing out the importance of this production, MAM-Rio’s curator, Luiz Camillo Osorio, says:
When PIPA invited Matrioska film production to make these videos, its goal was to build a small database on Brazilian contemporary art. If the prize aims to recognize and distinguish, the building of a contemporary memory looked for an amplified analysis of the circuit. (…)
We are sure that the continuity of these records and their combination with the renewal of the artists’ pages – that has to be made in partnership with the artists and their respective galleries – will maximize the relevance of this database. A growing number of interested people, from researchers to collectors, have began using the PIPA website for the benefit of all. – extract from the text “Hunger for files”
All videos produced by Matrioska for PIPA can be find at the page Videos.