Watch this week’s video interviews

This week we released four video interviews:

Mayana Redin

It is possible to realize through Mayana Redin‘s work interests in geographical, cosmological, philosophical and for other forms of fiction created by imagination and by world objects, using, for this, different artistic languages​​: from appropriating images and objects, to design, video and photography.

The artists tells us about her creative process in this video-interview, where she answers a question proposed by Alejandra Muñoz: “In general, in your activity, how does a new art project start?”

Mayana explains that her projects are often involved in research and theoretical interests that end up generating practical concerns. “Sometimes it is the opposite. My interest in things in the world makes me seek some kind of theoretical reading or research.”

With her studio activity limited by her job as a university professor, the artist weighs that even if she did have time she would not always stay in the “micro universe” of her home, studio or office, since her practice is fulfilled in the street, “where perhaps my thoughts can open up a little more”.

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Sofia Borges

Sofia Borges replies to Beatriz Milhazes’s question: “How do you develop your working process? You try a dialogue or is it only discussion?”

The artist, who works mostly with photography, says her creative process stems from a question rather than a dialogue or discussion: “I really like that ‘problem’ idea. No matter the variable, there is an equation, a sentence, a relationship between elements.”

Living between São Paulo and Paris, Sofia talks about her recent research about places where representative structures are established. “If I had to summarise it in one question this variable, it would be ‘What is an image, what is a photograph?'”

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Thiago Martins de Melo

“Before entering a new language, I really try to do a lot of research first… Until I really accept that I should do a certain work”, says the finalist Thiago Martins de Melo in reply to Alejandra Muñoz’s question: “How do you choose the predominant themes in your work?”

In this interview the artist, whose preferred media is painting, tells us about a series of three-dimension works that he will present soon. “I want to eliminate part of this separation between sculpture and painting. Painting and oil are also interesting to me as if they were some flesh withing the 3D space.”

Thiago also points out the fact that Brazil is a place where you cannot lay down too many rules in almost every aspect: “We regurgitate and swallow things.”

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Yana Tamayo

Yana Tamayo works predominantly with photography, video and drawing and has been regularly participating in exhibitions since 2003.

The artist replies to a question by critic and curator Alejandra Muñoz: “How do you choose the predominant themes in your work?”

Yana says that, being born and raised in Brasília, the country capital, architecture is for her a simultaneously familiar and strange theme, and even when it is not present, architecture has a very exciting dialogue, “as something that should be in space, that should exist”.

She also tells us about photographs taken for a university project that were rejected at the time and recently rediscovered in boxes marked “no” and “absolutely not”. “It made me so curious, I had to understand why I had rejected those images and try to rearrange how I saw this work.”

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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.
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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.

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