Talks at MAM-Rio | Activities at the PIPA Prize exhibition space

(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Since its first edition, PIPA Prize has a space at the finalists’ exhibition destined to public interaction: the Living Area. There, the visitors can participate and discuss some of the most pressing issues posed by the art scene today.

The art educators have coordinated this area since the Prize’s 2014 edition, preparing art mediators to guide the visitors through the exhibition and organizing several workshops and activities. One of these activities is PIPA Invites, which invites the public and a number of art educators and researchers to open talks centered in specific themes.

The first talk, discussing the new challenges faced by the contemporary curator, will take place on October 19th at 3pm.

PIPA Invites
New Challenges in Curatorship
October 19th – 3pm – Wednesday [Free Admission]
Guest speakers:
Clarissa Diniz –> Museu de Arte do Rio
Felipe Ribeiro –> Festival Atos da Fala
Luiz Camillo Osório –> Curador do Instituto PIPA


PIPA Invites
Curating for children
October 26th – 3pm – Wednesday [Free Admission]


PIPA Invites
[Special holiday edition with a workshop and a guest]*
2nd November – 3pm – Wednesday [Free Admission]


PIPA Invites
What do we want for the future? The space of art mediation in museums*
9th November – 3pm – Wednesday [Free Admission]

*This information will be updated as soon as the invited guests confirm upon their participation.

See below an evaluation of the proposal of the Living Areas of the 2015’s exhibition, published in this year’s catalogue.

living area

The seventh edition of PIPA Prize 2016 exhibition is currently on view at MAM-Rio until November 13th with works by the four finalists:  Clara Ianni, Gustavo Speridião, Luiza Baldan and Paulo Nazareth.

About the finalists and the works on view:

This year the finalists give to the exhibition a strong political character.

“They are four artists with strong assertive poetics, diversified and high political intensity. In a country, and world, convulsed by political crises and challenges, what is expected of art, at least, is a commitment and involvement with the current situation.”, comments Luiz Camillo Osorio, Curator of PIPA Institute.

Clara Ianni, whose research for a doctorate in Visual Arts at USP is focused on the relationship between art and politics, shows the video installation “Circle” (2014-2016).

“Circle” features a documentary video of a demonstration against the Football World Cup, in the streets of São Paulo in 2014, where the police use the Hamburg’s Cauldron  technique.The strategy is to control a demonstration by training police circular cords that move and push the crowd in order to confine it to a certain area. “The idea of the work is to make us think about the shape of the circle and its various applications”, says Ianni.  The artist replicates this circle on the museum’s ground which connects the Hamburg circle to the tapes on the floor of the museums that indicate the minimum approach distance to see a work of art.


Gustavo Speridião probably is the artist in which the political footprint is more explicit. He is showing the installation-painting “Fora” (2013), a 6.5-meter canvas clipped on the wall, in which he fills the pictorial plan painting words as if it was a political demonstration banner or a notebook with political notes. Speridião highlights on the painting: “Tears, blood, sweat, and nankin – speaking of the work process, the material is basically this“.

“Everyone has a very political profile. Perhaps in Baldan’s work is where this approach is less obvious, but it can be found on the way she explores the architecture”, says Osorio.


Luiza Baldan presents the video installation “Perabé” (2014-2015) a contemporary narrative of the artist relationship with the cities that she has lived.” São Paulo was the first city where I lived, for a short time that is not on the coast and I realized how much I miss the sea in my relationship with the city”. It is a collection of photographs and a text written by the artist, read in four different voices through four separate sound channels that adds to the immersive qualities of the work.

According to Baldan, “Paulo Nazareth’s work looks completely different from mine, but it has this thing of wandering and displacement. You somehow build things up from what you pick up and find along the way”.


Paulo Nazareth who has  traveled long distances on foot, from the village of Caiová to New York, from Miami to Mumbai, among several curious destinations, showcases the series “Produtos de genocídio”/”Products of Genocide” (2015-2016), an installation composed of ready-made objects, silkscreens, prints and a video. The series reflects on the extermination of indigenous populations and the appropriation of elements of their culture as consumer goods.

Nazareth observes: “I don’t know how our works are going to dialogue, but we are already talking as we are living the same moment in time. Each one of us has a story and a different way to face life and this current historical moment”.


About the awards they are running for:

The artists are competing for the main award PIPA, for a total of R$ 130 thousand (including participating in an international artistic residency programme at Residency Unlimited, in New York). The winner is chosen by the Award Jury 2016 (whose members will be announced on October 21st), having as the main selection criteria a portfolio, trajectory of the artists, the works presented at the exhibition at MAM-Rio, and the relevance of the prize on the development of the career of the artist. The winner will be announced on November 9th.

The finalists are also competing for PIPA Popular Vote, where the winner wins R$ 24 thousand and is chosen by the public during the course of the exhibition at the Museum. The voting will take place until October 30th and the winner will be announced on November 2nd. Visit the finalists exhibition at MAM-Rio and vote on your favourite artist.

For more information about the exhibition, click here.

PIPA 2016 – with Clara Ianni, Gustavo Speridião, Luiza Baldan and Paulo Nazareth.
On view through November 13th
PIPA Popular vote until October 30th

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How to arrive: The Modern Art Museum is located between the Monumento aos Pracinhas and Santos Dumont airport.

Bus (lines and stops)
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Via Aterro: 121, 125 e 127 (Copacabana). Ponto na Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos em frente ao Consulado da França.
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