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We are living today in an extremely difficult and totally unforeseen moment. The world is facing the pandemic of the new coronavirus and is asking all of us to go into social isolation. Faced with these circumstances, we know that for many artists, in addition to the health dangers, this is also a crisis from a financial point of view. For this reason, the PIPA Institute decided to allocate an emergency grant of R$50,000 to support and encourage artists. “PIPA at home”, which received works from April 10 to 20, 2020, is a virtual exhibition, with works that were mostly produced during social isolation. Only the 480 artists who have participated in at least one edition of the PIPA Award since 2010 were invited to this exhibition. On May 5, ten artists were selected by the PIPA Prize Council and each received R$5,000. Unfortunately it is not possible to support everyone, but it will be from the sum of independent initiatives that we will find ways to face the crisis.

Meet the selected artists:

– Agrade Camíz

– Armando Queiroz

– Castiel Vitorinno Brasileiro

– Denilson Baniwa

– Grupo EmpreZa

– Isaias Salles (Ibã Huni Kuin)

– Jaider Esbell

– max wíllà moraes

– Moisés Patrício

– Renan Cepeda

Read the full “PIPA at home” notice by clicking here.

And see below the virtual exhibition, which remains on the website indefinitely, as a record of the pandemic. The 126 artists who participated are in alphabetical order.

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Adriana Vignoli

Artist nominated for the PIPA Award 2016

“In 2017, in a scientific magazine, I remember reading about “two distant black holes that spiraled around each other in a deadly dance until they merged”. In 2015, these disturbances arrive on Earth. The distance from these holes to our planet is 1 billion light years. The impact of such an event was so great that I made notes and drawings of the event, as they provoked me to reflect on how such distant phenomena reach us and affect us. Life goes on. Being an artist and a mother requires strength and, in times of COVID-19, the atmosphere asks, above all, for harmony. Everything contaminates everything. Meanwhile, the seed grows seeking light from space. Perhaps a possibility of dissolving new frontiers of contemporary sculpture is through organic and non-organic substances arising from geometries of nature, and spontaneous, arising from the unpredictability of life. These transubstantiations could cross imaginary spaces and interact, in some way, with everyday life. For idea and energy to amalgamate, one thing touches the other. The avocado seed was born at home and has been growing in the sculpture for almost exactly two months. Little by little, I am inserting new elements and beings into the work. Until then, they have lived together in harmony. When I wake up every day, there is something different happening in this space”.

Laboratory glass, red earth, water, brass tube, steel cable, avocado, trapoeraba, boa constrictor and ceramic. Dimensions varied.

Agrade Camiz

2020 PIPA Award nominated artist

“Feel at home but remember you are not”, 2020
Latex, acrylic, oil pastel, dry pastel and spray on cotton canvas, 200x210cm.

Alexandre Mury

Artist nominated for the 2016 PIPA Award

“I am sending one of the works from the series I call “iconophobia”, which I started in 2015.
This one, I just finished recently (2020).The work is a photograph entitled “Saci Cafuçu”.The figure is a sculptural piece, made by me, it is part of a set of characters from Brazilian folklore. Just one of 12 sculptures made of cardboard and recycled paper. Although the sculptures are works in themselves, they will also be photographed taking the place of the performer, an artist who once dressed up as various characters. The sculpture has variable dimensions and real proportions of the human body.” The photograph is 100x66cm.

“Saci Cafuçu”,2020
Photography, 100x66cm

Amanda Melo

Artist nominated for a PIPA Award in 2010 and 2012

The Cosmographies series was initiated in December 2019 and results from a research of images collected during study and visits to megalithic monuments, relationships of the bodies with the landscape of these archaeological sites and the urban landscape. Currently the paintings have been created from images found on the internet in a displacement where the body assumes other roles. The work tends to be a set of paintings on 20x20cm canvases that will occupy a minimum space of 2x2m.

“Cosmographies”, 2019-2020
Acrylic on canvas, 20cmX20cm

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