Given the changes in the PIPA Prize 2019, this year’s winner was chosen by the Award Jury to face a new proposal: a donation of R$ 30,000 (thirty thousand Brazilian reais) given for the creation of a new project to be developed by the artist. This is the award PIPA 2019 four finalists are running for.  But who are responsible for choosing the winner?

Every year, the PIPA Prize’s Board invites five to seven contemporary art specialists for the form the Award Jury. Meet the Award Jury members for the PIPA Prize’s 10th edition.

The PIPA 2019’s winner’s announcement will be held on September 20th, at the PIPA Prize’s websites. 

PIPA 2019’s Award Jury:

– Luiz Camillo Osorio: Founder and counselor of the PIPA Prize since it’s creation, in 2010, is the PIPA Institute’s curator, art critic and the current director of PUC-Rio’s Philosophy Department. Was the curator of the MAM-Rio from 2009 to 2015, graduated in Economy (1985) by PUC-Rio, getting, between 1986 and 1987 a Modern Art’s History Diploma at the Modern Art Studies of London and, posteriorly, the Master’s and Doctor’s Degree in Philosophy at PUC-Rio. Curator of several and major exhibitions in Brazil and all over the world, including the Brazilian Hall of the 56th Venice Biennial.

– Tadeu Chiarelli: Director of the Pinacoteca of the state of São Paulo. Responsible for the disciplines Art History in Brazil, 19th and 20th centuries, in the Department of Visual Arts, School of Communication and Arts, University of São Paulo, where he also coordinates the Art & Photography Study Group. He was chief curator of the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo from 1996 to 2000 and director of the Museum of Contemporary Art at the University of São Paulo between 2010 and 2014. He has published, among others, books about Brazilian artists Leda Catunda and Nelson Leirner.

Raphael Fonseca: Raphael Fonseca works as a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Niterói, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He also is a lecturer in the federal education institute Colégio Pedro II, also in Rio de Janeiro. He holds a PhD in Art History and Critic (State University of Rio de Janeiro).  Received the Centro Cultural São Paulo curatorial award (2017) and the Marcantonio Vilaça curatorial award (2015). Resident curator at Manchester School of Art (may-august 2016). He writes regularly for the magazine ArtNexus. He was also one of the invited authors for the catalogue of the 32nd São Paulo Biennial (curated by Jochen Volz in 2016). He recently gave conferences at the University of Hamburg and at the Manchester School of Art. Amongst his recent curated shows, we can highlight “Sleepers” (Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro, 2018); “Regina Vater – May the weather be good” (MAC-Niterói, 2017); “When the time presses” (Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte and Museu Histórico Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016); among others.

– Regina Silveira: Artist and Graduated in Fine Arts by Instituto de Artes da UFRGS (1959); Master’s degree (1980) and Ph.D. (1984) at Escola de Comunicação e Artes at USP – Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil. Professor at Instituto de Artes of UFRGS (1964-69), Universidad de Puerto Rico, Campus de Mayaguez (1969-1973), FAAP – Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado, São Paulo (1973-85) and Escola de Comunicação e Artes, USP, since 1974.  The artist took part in several biennials, such as Bienal de São Paulo (1981, 1983, 1998), Bienal Internacional de Curitiba (2013 e 2015) Bienal do Mercosul (2001, 2011), Brazil; Bienal de La Habana, Cuba (1986, 1998 e 2015); Médiations Biennale, Poznan, Poland (2012); 6th Taipei Biennial, Taiwan, (2006); 2nd Setouchi Triennale, Japan (2016), among others.

– Jessica Gogan: Curator, researcher, educator and director of the MESA Institute of Rio de Janeiro and general editor of Revista MESA. PhD in Art History from the University of Pittsburgh, USA (2016). She researches and acts on the interfaces between art and society focusing on the paradigms and practices that cross the fields of art, curation and education. Recently launched the research and publication project awarded by Itaú Rumos 2016 sobre os Domingos da Criação organizados por Frederico Morais no MAM-RJ em 1971, “Domingos da Criação: Uma coleção poética do experimental na arte e educação”. 


The winner’s definition happens during an Award Jury meeting, at Villa Aymoré. Aside visiting the finalists exhibition (on view at the museum till September 28th), the jury analyzes the portfolios and remaining materials sent by the artists, such as a letter on which each finalist places the intentions to the forward project, commissioned by the donation.

That being, the Jury’s decision is based on the portfolio, career, the works presented at the PIPA Prize’s exhibition at Villa Aymoré and the intentions to the next project. The ponderation of these factors remains at the exclusive criteria of the Jury, and can even vary each year.

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