Every year, PIPA Prize’s Board invites from five to seven contemporary art specialists to compose the Award Jury. They will be responsible for choosing PIPA Prize’s great winner among the four finalists: Antonio Obá, Bárbara Wagner, Carla Guagliardi and Éder Oliveira. The chosen artist receives an award of R$130,000, part of which will be used to fund the winner’s three-month stay at Residency Unlimited, an international artist residency programme in New York, USA.
The PIPA Prize 2017 Winner will be chosen according to the following criteria, which will be weight at the sole discretion of the Award Jury members: artist’s portfolio, artworks showcased at the Finalists’ exhibition – on view until November 26th at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio) –, and how relevant the prize would be to the development of the winner’s career. During their meeting, Jury members also analyze a letter sent by each of the finalists where they state the impact their participation in the residency programme that is part of PIPA Prize could have in their career.
Meet the members of the PIPA Prize 2017 Award Jury
– Leda Catunda: Visual artist Leda Catunda is considered one of the most influential names of the so-called Geração 80 in Brazil. She participated in three editions of the São Paulo Biennial, and has showcased her work in institutions such as MoMA, in New York, and Centre Georges-Pompidou, in Paris. Graduated in 1984 from Fundação Armando Álvares Penteado (FAAP), in São Paulo, with a BA in Visual Arts, she has conciliated teaching jobs with her artistic practice since 1986, and got her Doctorate degree from the Escola de Comunicações e Artes da Universidade de São Paulo (ECA/USP) in 2003. In 2009, she held her first retrospective exhibition at Pinacoteca de São Paulo, curated by Ivo Mesquita. In 2015, she exhibited another retrospective, this time curated by Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, featuring works from 1985 to 2015, at the Centro Cultural Banco do Nordeste, Fortaleza.
– Marcelo Campos: Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator at the Instituto de Artes da UERJ and teacher at the Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (EAV – Parque Lage). Doctor in Visual Arts by Escola de Belas Artes da UFRJ (EBA-UFRJ). Published texts in various newspapers, magazines and national and international exhibition catalogs. Curated the shows “Faustus”, by José Rufino, at the Palácio da Aclamação, Salvador (2009); “E agora toda terra é barro”, by Brígida Baltar, CCBNB, Cariri and Fortaleza (2008/2009); “Sertão contemporâneo”, Caixa Cultural Rio de Janeiro, and “Salvador”(2008/2009).
– Consuelo Bassanesi: Special projects and artistic diretor and founding member of Despina, a non-profit cultural association which comprises art studios, courses, exhibition space and a residency programme that hosted over 80 artists from 15 countries. She is directly involved in the exhibitions programme, as well as in developing projects such as “Iran-Rio Art Connection” and “Art and Activism in Latin America”. Also responsible for institutional relations and ensuring Despina’s sustainability through projects, visibility and partnerships. Worked in collaboration with a number of organizations such as Prince Claus Fund, Montreal Arts Council e University of the Arts London – Central Saint Martins. BA in Journalism (PUC-RS) and MSc in Global Politics (Birkbeck, University of London).
– Fernando Cocchiarale: Artist, critic, curator and art professor, Cocchiarale lives and works in Rio de Janeiro. In the beginning of 2016, he became again curator-in-chief of Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM-Rio), a position he had already occupied from 2001 to 2007. He was one of the first visual artists to use photography in the context of contemporary art, taking part in the retrospective show “Anos 70 – Fotolinguagem” in the early 90s at Parque Lage, Rio de Janeiro. Asides from his work as an artist, Cocchiarale also has a well-established academic career. After graduating in Philosophy at PUC-Rio in 1977, he became a P.h.D. in Communication and Aesthetic Technologies at Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). He is a professor in the Specialization Course in Brazilian History of Art and Architecture at PUC-Rio since 1978, where he is responsible for the History of Art and Aesthetics chair, and at the Visual Arts School of Parque Lage since 1991. Some of the exhibitions curated by him are “Filmes de Artista – Brasil 1965/1980” (2007), “Brasília e o Construtivismo – Um Encontro Adiado” (2010) and “Hélio Oiticica – Museu é o Mundo” (co-curated with César Oiticica, em 2010). He has also written the books “Abstracionismo Geométrico e Informal: A Vanguarda Brasileira dos anos 50”, co-written with Anna Bella Geiger, and “Quem tem medo da Arte Contemporânea”, apart from hundreds of other articles, texts and essays published in Brazil and abroad.
– Luiz Camillo Osorio: Art critic and current Head of the Philosophy Department at PUC-Rio, Osorio worked as MAM-Rio’s Chief Curator from 2009 to 2015. He is also one of the founders of PIPA Institute, where he works as Board Member since the creation of PIPA Prize, in 2010, and as Curator of the PIPA Institute, since the beginning of this year. Graduated in Economics at PUC-Rio in 1985, he studied History of Modern Art at Modern Art Studies, in London, from 1986 to 1987. Later, he completed his master and doctorate degrees in Philosophy at PUC-Rio. Osorio has curated many important exhibitions both in Brazil and abroad, including the Brazilian pavilion in the 56th Venice Biennale.