Guided visit PIPA 2023, photo: Fabio Souza

PIPA Archive: Watch the video of the setting of the PIPA 2023 Awarded Artists exhibition with speeches by the four artists

PIPA Prize is not only an award that takes place at a specific time of the year: it is also a platform full of material on contemporary Brazilian art. PIPA works as a source of research for curators, artists and professors, with videos, texts, interviews, images of works, CVs, catalogues available for free, and much more.

Aiming to circulate this material more and more, every Thursday we will share a video from our extensive archive, inviting the public to dive into other contents. In this tab, for example, you can see the videos by year, and in this one, by the work’s media. Both tabs, and others, are contained in the “Videos” tab at the top of the website.

This week, we’ve selected the video of the setting of the PIPA 2023 Awarded Artists exhibition – with Glicéria Tupinambá, Helô Sanvoy, Iagor Peres and Luana Vitra. The video is yet another record of this very important moment in each edition of the Prize, but it also constitutes research material on the production of the four artists, as they share more information about the works that were part of the exhibition. As well as explaining their individual productions, each of them also commented on what it meant to be chosen as a PIPA Prize winner. We would like to take this opportunity to remind you that this year’s PIPA Awarded Artists exhibition will once again be held at Paço Imperial, and the announcement of the four names chosen to be awarded on this edition will be published soon, on May 31st. Get to know the PIPA 2024 Participating Artists and visit their pages here.

In his speech, Helô Sanvoy (Goiânia, Brazil, 1985), whose production addresses the perpetuation of historical violences, discussed various works, in a variety of media, from his research on Pau-Brasil, in addition to the photograph of the performance “Empelo”, which was also carried out at the opening of the exhibition. In the performance, the artist extends his hair with leather braids and tries to support his body in the air, perpendicularly, only by this junction of his hair and the braids, tied to the wall by a hook.

Iagor Peres (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1995) told us about his intention to bring to the PIPA exhibition a work whose core was invisibility, but which was not a secret. So the artist researched factors that would make it clear that the idea of space is illusory, and that things are connected. With this, he came up with the installation called “Tremor”, and also took to the Paço Imperial a structure made up only of solder on solder, called “Spectrum I”.

Glicéria Tupinambá (Buerarema, Brazil, 1982) shared the processes involved in making the Tupinambá Mantle, which has collective authorship, since it is made in community, with the participation of children, birds, the cosmos and dreams. For the exhibition, she presented a kind of web of thoughts about the processes and research involved in recovering the technique and also in tracing the history of the mantles. Another work, a kind of red net, is the structure of the mantel, making visible the knots involved in its creation.

In her speech, Luana Vitra (Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 1995) highlighted her origins in Minas Gerais, emphasizing that it is a state marked by mineral presence, and that she is structured from the same material that structures the earth. The artist, who works with metals, establishes in the video her relationship with iron, her interest in traps, and situates her work between the idea of patience and violence. Along these lines, among the works she took to Paço Imperial were arrows that are also spears, due to their size, and works from the series “Fio desencapado, isca de confusão”, which include hooks.

Watch the video of the setting below, produced by Do Rio Filmes (subtitles available):

Find out more about the PIPA 2023 Awarded Artists by visiting their pages and downloading the PIPA 2023 catalogue, which contains various materials on each of the four, including biographies, images of their works, an exclusive critical text, and an interview with Luiz Camillo Osorio.

Below are some images from the exhibition (photos by Fabio Souza):

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