Since its inception in 2010, one of PIPA’s main objectives has been that of supporting, encouraging and giving visibility to the Brazilian contemporary art scene both locally and abroad. In every edition of the Prize, we invite all nominees to express their motivations, voice their ideas and discuss their careers in exclusive video interviews, available only on PIPA’s websites. Watch below four video interviews, produced by Do Rio Filmes, with PIPA 2017 nominees: Antonio Obá, Celina Portella, Daniel Jablonski and Túlio Pinto.
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In his work, Antonio Obá proposes an intimate reflection about his miscegenated, black, marginilised body, reconfiguring aspects of a strict tradition of the Brazilian religious universe, and criticizes the idea of a said syncretism. Born in a extremely devoted Catholic family, the artist states how a large part of his quest is to question these traditions, which are still widespread in Brazil.
Access Antonio Obá’s page to learn more about his career, view images of works and read critical texts.
Nominated for the second time this year, Celina Portella believes everyone is an artist, but took some time to see herself as one: “I just started to do a bunch of stuff, and at some point, I understood that what I was doing was art, but it was never a conscious decision”. In the video interview, Portella reflects upon the creative process behind her works, characterised by a creative and well humored debate on the limitations of the image.
Access Celina Portella’s page to learn more about her career, view images of works and read critical texts.
The multifaceted production of Daniel Jablonski seeks to conjugate theory and practice in its investigation on the place of the subject, in the creation of new mythologies and in the discourse of daily life. The artist works with a great variety of media, including photography, objects, installation and writing. In the interview, Jablonski describes how art was the only way he found to do things he couldn’t do in a work environment.
Access Daniel Jablonski’s page to learn more about his career, view images of works and read critical texts.
Túlio Pinto enrolled at the Parque Lage School of Visual Arts believing he would be a painter. After attending two courses taught by the “Flying Scot” Charles Watson, Pinto completely changed the direction of his artistic trajectory. Today, he works primarily with sculpture, and appropriates typical industrial materials (such as glass and rubber) in his objects. His works promotes the encounter of materials which usually do not mix naturally.
Access Túlio Pinto’s page to learn more about his career, view images of works and read critical texts.