We published another four video-interviews with the PIPA Prize 2018 nominees this week. Produced in partnership with Do Rio Filmes, they give a glimpse of the works, career, inspirations and much more of Bruno Faria, Paulo Meira, Rafael Adorján and assume vivid astro focus or Eli Sudbrack, announced today as one of the four PIPA Prize 2018 finalists. Watch them below:
assume vivid astro focus (avaf)/Eli Sudbrack
Large-scale, immersive experiences and colours – lots and lots of it – are some of the key elements of avaf‘s (or Eli Sudbrack, the name behind the nom de guerre, which also works as an artistic collective at times) practice. “I believe colours transmit energy and they’re also a unifying element for people,” explains the artist, who discusses naturalized cultural codes, such as identity and gender issues, through his works. Most of the times, however, these arguments do not take place in a rational level, but through the body’s five senses: “I usually don’t include an intimate or emotional experience in my work,” he says. “The spectator is a central piece.”
Site-specific is the core of Bruno Faria‘s works, be them in sculpture, installation, intervention, drawing or publication. It is thus parting from specific contexts, such as moments in the history of art, a given city’s architecture, or even the place where his next show is set to happen that he produces his pieces. The latter one was the case of the installation “Introdução à História da Arte 1960/90”, which he presented at Galeria Sancovsky in 2015. Thinking about the gallery’s location, near one of the most traditional flea markets of São Paulo, he put together 168 Brazilian LPs featuring iconic, artist-designed album covers – indeed an Art History lesson.
A fan of extended projects – some of his series may even last from three to four years – Paulo Meira‘s works transit through video, photography, installation, painting and performance. In recent years, his obsession has been the language of radio, a key element in both the “Rádio Catimbó” (2016–2018) and “Mensagens Sonoras” series, the latter, a video installation which imagines the arrival of aliens in the backwoods of Pernambuco, in the Brazilian northeast. The most important thing for him is, however, not to stop: “Being bored is not something that works for me,” he gathers. “The ideas always come, but something needs to be active for them to go forward.”
The issue of the image in the contemporary world guides Rafael Adorján‘s production. At times spending whole periods of immersion in given places, at times discussing their place in society, his photos, installations and book-objects exhibit a kind of artistic approation of the öbserving participant” of Anthropolgy. Such is the case, for example, of the series “Religare” which he mentions in the video, created during a stay in an ayuasca community in the Brazilian Southeast, and “MSV432”, in which he registers the process of reformation of a gallery located in Rio de Janeiro.
Watch all the PIPA Prize 2018 video-interviews here.