Less than a month before the launching of PIPA Online, Prize category which happens exclusively on the Internet, we present another seven interviews with artists who participate in the eighth edition of the Prize. Meet, through this series of exclusive interviews produced by Do Rio Filmes, PIPA Prize 2017 nominees Christus Nóbrega, Eleonora Fabião, Gustavo von Ha, Karina Zen, Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi and Ricardo Càstro, as well as the finalist Carla Guagliardi.
Time, permanence, balance, vulnerability, interdependence. Those are some of the themes that permeate the work of Carla Guagliardi, one of the four finalists of this edition of PIPA Prize. Having started her artistic trajectory as an Arts Education teacher, she states the mistakes she made very early on were the ones to guide her towards the questions that really did matter.
See Carla Guagliardi’s page to learn more about her career, view images of his works and read critical texts.
Two important pursuits structure the work of Christus Nóbrega, nominated for PIPA Prize for the first time in this edition. The first is to investigate his own biography, trying to understand how his personal, individual experiences connect with the official History. The second and most surprising one is the desire to meet with people. Most of his works tend to involve something of a collective methodology – such is the case of “Sudário”, for example, in which he transformed his own blood into a printer ink.
See Christus Nóbrega’s page to learn more about his career, view images of his works and read critical texts.
A PIPA Prize nominee for the first time this year, Eleonora Fabião performs actions. “Actions have a particular way of behaving,” she explains. “They are immutable: what’s done is done. They are inapprehensible: we don’t know what are the consequences. They are unpredictable. In fact, I don’t know what will derive of them.” It is hence by meeting the passers-by and the unknown that Fabião elaborates her poetics.
See Eleonora Fabião’s page to learn more about her career, view images of his works and read critical texts.
Gustavo von Ha
It’s by working in between reality and fiction that Gustavo von Ha, twice nominated for PIPA Prize, questions the role of art and of the artist today. In an effort to solve the gaps in our comprehension of art as Brazilians, he resorts to invented character and narratives – see, for example, his work “Inventário; Arte Outra” (“Inventary; Another Art”), which, presented at MAC-USP last years, presented works from the museum’s collection that were in fact in invented by the artist.
See Gustavo von Ha’s page to learn more about his career, view images of his works and read critical texts.
Although originally a photography major, Karina Zen, nominated for PIPA Prize for the first time this year, only really started to make art in 2008. To go from photography to installation was then quite fast. Today working in both media, she claims that many of her inspirations come from dreams.
See Karina Zen’s page to learn more about her career, view images of his works and read critical texts.
Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi
Defining herself as an “ex-banker, ex-telemarketing operator, ex-general services assistant, ex-wife, ex-student”, amongst many other “exes”, Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi talks in her performances about the objectification and exotification of black women. Finding a lot of dificulties in that path – ”I don’t have the white man’s comfort of walking by as an artist without being asked by the police the same old question: ‘Who are you and what are you doing?’” – her dream as to have the right to come and go freely.
See Musa Michelle Mattiuzzi’s page to learn more about her career, view images of his works and read critical texts.
Neon lights, glitter and mesmerizing colors are some of the elements that characterize the work of Ricardo Càstro, a first-time PIPA Prize nominee. Investigating the relationship between body and space, he likes to build hybrid, open to public interaction works.
See Ricardo Càstro’s page to learn more about his career, view images of his works and read critical texts.
Besides them, another 25 video-interviews with PIPA Prize 2017 nominees have been published. Watch them here.