PIPA Prize 2016: Noteworthy videos you must watch again

Highlights of the year: featured videos, produced exclusively by Matrioska Filmes for PIPA Prize, that are worth watching again.

Featured Videos

In every edition of the Prize, PIPA presents featured videos which approach the art circuit in wide-ranging context, investigating critical discourses in contemporary culture in conversation with curators, collectors and critics. And, by exploring unique and compelling untold stories of innovative projects and hidden gems, PIPA’s exclusive videos engages in the surrounding and shifting paradigms of the ever evolving world of art.

“Status: Museum”

PIPA spoke to the researcher and art sociologist, Ana Leticia Fialho, with the artist Bruno Moreschi, who is in Finland researching European historical museums for his doctorate thesis and with the journalist and communications consultant for museums, Luis Marcelo Mendes about museums in Brazil and all over the world, the relationship with the public and different strategies to fully occupy exhibition rooms.

“Thinking About Art”

An alternative to verbal communication. A means of expressing the unconscious. A parable. Those were some of the metaphors used to think about art and its making by Luiz Camillo Osorio, Curator and Board Member of PIPA Institute and Head of the Philosophy Department at PUC-Rio, Cadu, PIPA Prize 2013 winner and Nominating Committee Member, and artist Martha Pires Ferreira, Visual Arts Coordinator at Casa das Palmeiras, a mental rehabilitation centre idealized by Nise de Silveira whose goal is to incorporate artistic expression in the treatment of psychiatric patients.


In this exclusive interview, produced by Matrioska Filmes for PIPA, we spoke to Luiza Teixeira de Freitas an independent curator and member of PIPA Nominating Committee 2016. Luiza believes that “an art collection represents what you are” and discussed her work with private collectors.

Art critic and Curator Kiki Mazzucchelli was one of the members of PIPA 2016 Nominating Committee and talks exclusively to the Prize in this brand new video-interview, produced by Matrioska FilmesMazzucchelli lives in London, England, and talks about her experience living abroad for 15 years: “Ever since I moved here, I have never cut the ties with Brazil. (…) I’ms still developing projects there and its a bond that I don’t want to lose”. About her work as a Curator, Mazzucchelli reminds that the profession is very recent in the world and affirms that the Curator has to maintain a historical research, a knowledge that the artist doesn’t have to necessarily acquire to produce artworks.

Artists in Residence

Virginia de Medeiros was the winner of PIPA 2015 and, as part of the award, she attended an artistic residency programme for 3 months at Residency Unlimited, New York. PIPA followed her residency through a series of video interviews in which Medeiros talks about her experiences during her stay at Residency Unlimited and the projects she intends to develop during this period.

In her second video-interview, Virginia de Medeiros answers the question: “How do you choose the main theme for your works?”, and the artist talks about her will to unbuilt the stereotypes and the femininity. In this new interview for her third video, Virginia tells us that she was willing to focus in the male trans in her works, but soon she decided to amplify her project’s area. In New York, she has been to the “Houses Ballroom”, a community from the city’s underground scene, formed by latinos and black people that use the expression of their bodies and dance as a way of resistance. Soon, in this place, Virginia felt welcomed, even in another country. Also, she has noticed the power of the body’s vibration as a way of integration. The performance in that strong dance battle made the artist explore herself and question her subjectivity.

Luciana Magno was the winner of Pipa Online 2015 and, as part of the award, she attended an artistic residency programme for two months at Sacatar Institute, in Bahia. In this exclusive video interview, the artist shows the Institute space in Itaparica Island, Salvador, Bahia. Born in Belém do Pará, she tells that this was her first institutional residency and speaks about the other current residents, all foreign women. Magno tells how Macunaíma’s myth inspired her to use her hair as part of a new work: “my idea is that this hammock stays in my hair, as if hanging, as an extension of my body”, states the artist. In addition to her hair and the bobbin technique, she also intends to use weaving to make the hammock. Click here to watch Part I & Part II. 

Winners 2016

PIPA & PIPA Popular Vote

On November 9th, we announced, exclusively on our website, the grand winner of PIPA Prize 2016. The artist Paulo Nazareth was elected by the 2016 Award Jury, composed by Fernando Cocchiarale, Marisa Flórido, Júlia Rebouças, Milton Machado and Luiz Camillo Osorio, as the current winner of this year’s edition amongst the four finalists – Clara Ianni, Gustavo Speridião and Luiza Baldan. the winner of the main category of the Prize is awarded R$130,000, part of which is destined to finance a three months residency programme at Residency Unlimited, in New York, USA. The prize cannot be split: only one artist amongst the finalists can be awarded with both the monetary donation and the artistic residency programme in 2017.

PIPA Online

The online version of PIPA has happened in two rounds. The first one was from 17th July to 24th July. The second from 31rst July to 7th August. Only the artists that achieved more than 500 votes in the first round were able to participate in the second. Among 63 artists initially participating, only 10 were classified for the 2º round. We have talked, exclusively, with the winner Jaider Esbell and the second placed artist Arissana Pataxó. They have told us about their experience with PIPA and the impact after achieving the biggest number of votes. Jaider is completely satisfied with the number of people who can now know his work and meet his culture. Arissana also has noticed the growth of people in touch with her art.

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