Last Friday we announced the final list of PIPA 2015 participating artists. They were nominated by the Nominating Committee, consisting of curators, critics, collectors, art dealers and established artists, Brazilians and foreigners. Among the 67 nominees, 66 artists agreed to the Regulation and sent the required documents on time, confirming their participation this year.
The final list of participating artists is very heterogeneous, with artists from different places, age range and media. Among the artists, 28 ran for the Award on previous years. We highlight two names: Rodrigo Braga and Wagner Malta Tavares, finalists in 2012 and 2014 respectively.
Rodrigo Braga was also PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition 2012 winner, elected by the audience who visited the PIPA 2012 show at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio). The artist’s work on photography was subject of an article, written by Audrey Furlaneto, in the daily news O Globo in 2013, describing his work as something that “tears real, creates tension between nature and culture and is defined by the curator Paulo Herkenhoff as “a challenge perception ‘. To conceive them and keep the public between the strangeness and the sublime, Braga search a kind of communion with nature: he penetrates himself into mangroves, lies down on the ground with animals, dig up and even bury himself.
Wagner Malta Tavares,- also known as WMT- uses in his works, in addition to photography, video, sculpture, drawing, collage, performance and installation. His poetic, according to the artist himself, is to make visible the fundamental aspects that permeate the relationships between people, and between people and the things of the world, bringing the experience sensitive what is latent.
Current shows by Wagner Malta Tavares, and Rodrigo Braga
Wagner Malta Tavares, presents the installation “Círios” [ “Candles”], for the “Projeto Parede” [“Wall Project”], at the Museum of Modern Art of São Paulo, until June 21st.
As in the work presented by the artist at the 2014 PIPA finalists exhibition, “Círios” is an installation that changes according to the presence of the public on the occupied space. The work was elaborated from the reading of greek poet Konstantínos Kaváfis, “Candles”. Little incandescent led lights will be placed on the wall, each one 50 meters far from another, creating a shape similar to a ruler. The presence or absence of people changes the operation of the piece. Every time someone starts the path, the lights will ignite and turn off from where the first person came and the second is. The mix of scrolled times is important for the work: “our relationship with time also modifies with the presence of others”.
He created the site-specific installation “Tombo”, with royal palms’ trunks, especially for the central hall of the museum. There will be arranged on the floor more than 15 logs about five feet long each, cut from five centennial royal palms. “Tombo” causes an immediate relationship with the 24 internal columns of the museum’s hall, a neoclassical landmark, built in 1820 by the French architect Grandjean de Montigny (1776-1850), to be the Market Square, ordered by D. João VI.
The curator Thais Rivitti pointed that “the fallen tree logs scattered through space disorderly, and the building columns, built regularly and rhythmically, create among themselves a number of nearest relations and distancing that unfold in many ways” . “First, the work brings back to the discussion about ‘nature and culture’. Nature appears in the palm tree, in its raw state, and culture in the neoclassical architecture of which the columns are an important part.”
Learn more about the show by clicking here.