PIPA 2019: a retrospective of the tenth edition of the Prize

PIPA Prize has reached the milestone of a decade of support and encouragement of Brazilian contemporary art. In its 10th edition, significant changes were made, but our mission remains the same: to promote art and to consolidate itself as not only a prize but also as an important research platform on the current art scene in the country. Our websites currently feature over 400 artists’ pages, which can be constantly updated with new material – curriculum, critical texts, images of works and exclusive video interviews, where the artists discuss their creative processes, trajectories, desires, and paths.

We have prepared a retrospective of the biggest events of the PIPA Prize 2019. 


It was a year full of important changes in the structure of the Prize. One of them was the transfer of the Finalists Exhibition from MAM-Rio to Villa Aymoré, making the partnership between PIPA and Villa Aymoré official.

The exhibition happened between August 10th and September 28th, presenting the work of this years’ four finalists. Over 700 people attended the opening event, including the finalists themselves, who led activities with the participation of the public. Berna Reale and Jaime Lauriano did an open talk about their works and Cabelo did a performance with music, video, and dance. On the closing day, Guerreiro do Divino Amor talked with the curator Clarissa Diniz about his production and future projects, followed by a conversation between the curator of PIPA Institute Luiz Camillo Osorio and Marcelo Campo, curator of the Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR). In addition to the closing events, the PIPA Prize 2019 catalog was also launched and distributed to the visitors on this day.
Watch below the PIPA Prize Finalists exhibition being set up and some photos of the works featured in the show:

Aside from the alignment between PIPA and Villa, there were also some changes regarding the money donated to each finalist, providing more equity and importance to the four selected artists. This year, each finalist received a donation of R$ 30.000,00, and the winner, chosen by the Award Jury, received an extra donation of R$ 30.000,00 to developed a project to be presented to the PIPA Institute and the Jury. This project could be a publication, a commissioned work, a research trip, an artist residency program, a website, an exhibition, etc. The change reinforces the mission of stimulating Brazilian art and aims to contribute to the development and execution of new projects of interest to the artist. Besides, in this edition, the PIPA Popular Vote no longer counts as an award category.   

The Award Jury, this year composed by Luiz Camillo Osorio, Tadeu Chiarelli, Raphael Fonseca, Regina Silveira and Jessica Gogan, met on August 20th, at Villa Aymoré, to decide the winner of PIPA Prize 2019. The decision is based on the portfolio, career, the works presented at the Finalists’ Exhibition and the project proposed to be developed with the extra donation. 

PIPA Prize 2019 Winner, selected by the Award Jury, was Guerreiro do Divino Amor.

The artist, who explores the Superfictions, hidden forces that interfere in the construction of territory and of the collective imaginary, presented an installation with videos and luminous panels. 

Among the videos shown there was SuperRio on the history and stereotypes of Rio de Janeiro; Supercomplexo Metropolitano Expandido, which dissects the formation of the country’s economic center; and A Cristalização de Brasília, about the fantasies, symbols and political intentions involved in the construction of Brasilia.
Watch the PIPA 2019 Winner Announcement video: 

At PIPA Online, which aims to give visibility to artists outside major centers and with little institutional presence, including all nominated artists who participate each year, there have also been changes: this year PIPA Online has awarded only one artist, the most voted at the end of the second round of voting. The winning artist earned R$15,000 and had to donate a work to the PIPA Institute.

The first round of PIPA Online 2019 began on June 30 and was attended by 56 of the 67 artists nominated for the tenth edition of the PIPA Award. At the end of July 7, when the first round of voting ended, 14551 votes were cast and ten artists obtained more than 500 votes and qualified for the second round. The second round began on July 14 and ended on July 21. With a total of 1474 votes, artist Denilson Baniwa took first place and was, therefore, the winner of PIPA Online 2019. It was the second time in PIPA Online history that the most voted artist comes from an indigenous community. Denilson Baniwa moved from the Rio Negro region, in Amazonia, to Niterói, in Rio de Janeiro. His work reflects on indigenous identity and traditional (symbolic and political) power mechanisms.

Denilson Baniwa, PIPA Online 2019 winner

The PIPA 2019 catalog has also changed. It has been redesigned and has gained even more content with the addition of the finalists and the PIPA Online winner interviews, as well as exclusive critical texts, data from previous years, new graphics, images, and more. The catalog of this and all previous editions is available for free download on the website.


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