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 Denilson Baniwa, Diego de los Campos, Eduardo Haesbaert, Isabela Couto, Janaina Wagner, João Trevisan, Leila Danziger and Yhuri Cruz.
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Denilson Baniwa, 35, was born in the village of Darí, Rio Negro, Amazon. His trajectory as an artist began with the cultural references of his people during childhood. At a young age, the artist began his work in fighting for rights of indigenous peoples and travels through the non-indigenous universe learning references that strengthen his resistance.
Diego de Los Campos graduated in 1997 at the Universidade da República Art School in Uruguay. He has been in Brazil since 1999, and does regular showings and participates in contemporary art exhibitions with works in video, animation, drawings and sound art. In 2010 and 2017 he was selected to show in different Salons, Piracicaba in Ribeirão Preto, Arte Pará, and others. In 2011 he showed “Simpatia” at the Victor Meirelles Museum with animations, photographs and kinetic installations.
Eduardo Haesbaert specialized in metal engraving. He worked as Iberê Camargo’s assistant. At Fundação Iberê Camargo, he coordinates the Engraving Workshop. The artist’s experimental act reveals itself through the unfoldment of metal engraving, his fundamental means of expression, in drawings and paintings.
Isabel Couto graduated in Visual Arts at the University of Brasília – UnB (2014). She has worked in private collections which have been exhibited regularly since 2014. She held her first solo show in 2017 at the Galeria Elefante Cultural Centre, curated by Cinara Barbosa. She was awarded the Conexão Cultura prize to participate in the Serra Bonita artistic residency at the Instituto Uiraçu, in Bahia. She was elected to be part of the São João artistic residency in Rio de Janeiro, part of Parque Lage, under the supervision of Franz Manata & Saulo Laudares.
BA both in Fine Arts and in Journalism, with an MA at Experimentation in Politics and Art (SPEAP) and a middle school Cinema teacher, many of Wagner’s references derives from the procedures through which mankind registers and articulates its progress and legacy. Journalism’s sociological bias functions for her as a manner of approaching the mechanisms that validate a story as a true one – a constellation of tales, facts and images.
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. As a visual artist, he has participated in group and solo exhibitions since 2014. In 2019, he showed his third solo show “Corpo, breveinstante”, at the Karla Osório gallery, in Brasilia, curated by Malu Serafim.
Artist, poet and researcher Leila Danziger lectures at the Institute of Arts, Rio de Janeiro State University. One of the vectors of her work is investigating print (newspapers, books and historical documents), guided by the friction between micro and macro history, between family recollections and the constructs of memories of extreme violence. Her work ranges through an assortment of media, including printing and wipeout techniques, photographs, videos, installations and writing.
Yhuri Cruz, 27, visual artist and writer, graduated in Political Science, Rio de Janeiro. “Through sculpture, writing, poetically-glued objects and performative propositions I’ve been investigating ways and strategies to give light and shape to what I call “underground memories”. What moves me and my practice are the marks and traces which house themselves underneath (underground too) our bodies (spiritual and physical, individual and social, political and psychological). As well as our lands, institutions, language.”