Check out more video interviews by artists nominated for the tenth edition of the PIPA Prize, produced by Do Rio Filmes and published this week. In the videos you’ll learn more about the works, careers and inspirations of Agrippina Manhattan, Alexandre Brandão, Anitta Boa Vida, Guerreiro do Divino Amor, Berna Reale, Gê Viana, Gokula Stoffel and João Trevisan.
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Agrippina R. Manhattan is an artist, researcher and transgender woman [travesti]. Born and raised in São Gonçalo, she currently lives and looks for a job in Rio de Janeiro. Her work is part of a deep concern towards everything that imposes limits to freedom – words, social norms, hierarchy, ideas. She chose her own name and invented herself, as she chose the title for a work or as she finds her voice into poetic practice. “To think of sculpture as poetry, poetry as sculpture and all of it as one”.
Using languages such as drawing, video and sculpture, his work is marked by forms that fluctuate between strangeness and familiarity and results in objects and images that suggest a shuffling exercise of the order of the world. His practice combines chance, temporality, processes of nature and culture with artisanal methods of production.
Artist and Teacher. Her practice is made with video, photography, objects, data search, drawing, hashtags, quotes, pixo, alongside other media and convenient supports: local practices in global networking. The street as the canvas, the city as the practice, the internet as the wall. To negotiate information flows in contact zones, on the city’s surfaces. Authorship donation, verb loaning. Walks with the purpose of flirting, capturing and collecting unknown boys images. Pussy Selfies. The woman as the South of the world.
Guerreiro do Divino Amor holds a Master’s degree in Architecture. His research explores the Superfictions, hidden forces that interfere in the construction of territory and of the collective imaginary. He creates a universe of science fiction from fragments of reality, that results in films, publications and installations.
In her performances and installations, Berna Reale engages either her own body or those of willing participants to reflect on the contemporary sociopolitical moment. Violence has been in recent years, her major focus of attention. Reale became a criminal expert of the Scientific Skills Centre of the state of Pará (Brazil) and lives, in the Amazon region, close to the most diverse issues of crime and social conflict. Her performances are thought in order to create a provocative reflection noise.
To create a path in art today, it begins with the idea of exposure, using esthetic categories. She thinks about the legacy left by the photographers that exposure the daily life of the great metropolis, guetos and traditional peoples. Her work is developed at the act of photographing bodies assuming several cuts in photo-collage, coming back as a new body and making wheatpastes in urban/rural intervention experiments.
In her practice, Stoffel seeks to materialize mental images by evoking memories and psychological states in order to investigate these possible pictorial unfoldings in objects and space. Her preoccupation with representation today is evident in her paintings, which in reality go beyond “painting”: Gokula applies techniques of this media in remaining industrial materials, pieces of glass and varied types of fabric, in order to create a fragmented spatial iconography.
João Trevisan holds a bachelor’s degree in Law. His work consists in exploring questions related to the inherent characteristics of matter, weight, lightness, articulation, balance and politics. Visual artist, has participated in group and solo exhibitions since 2014.