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Exhibition 2013 at Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro.
PIPA 2013 Finalists’ Exhibition with Berna Reale (Belém, PA), Cadu (São Paulo, SP), Camila Soato (Brasília, DF) and Laercio Redondo (Paranavai, PR), was from September 7th to November 10th at the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro.
Cadu, was elected the winner of the main category (PIPA), by the Award Jury 2013. He was awarded with a total of R$100,000, most in cash and a part of it to fund his participation in an international artist residency program, at Residency Unlimited, in New York, from April to June, 2014.
Ph.D. in Visual Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, professor at the Pontifical Catholic University and the School of Visual Arts of Parque Lage, Cadu is one of the few artists who was nominated for PIPA in all editions. The artist works with various languages such as painting, sculpture, video and object. Participated in the São Paulo’s Biennial in 2012. For a year developed a work in which he was isolated in a hut, tiny, built by him, with scarce electricity. The project was part of the doctoral thesis of Cadu. The artist thinks that he is more than “a producer of objects, he is a producer of meanings, meanings of postures in the world.”
About what Cadu showed at the exhibition:
In the mountain region of Rio de Janeiro, Cadu built a small log cabin and lived in it alone for a year. With scarce resources and devoid of urban comforts, wished to push the boundaries between art and life of territories where his life became limit. The project has integrated his Doctoral study and participated in the 30th São Paulo Biennial, titled “The imminence of poetic” seemed to sum up his intentions. In MAM, the “frame” in full size of his small home will be suspended under the beams of the museum. A temple that never touched the ground and more incorporeal than ever, contain inside a publication with excerpts from his journal available to the public. About the work, Cadu comments: “I heard Virgulino Ferreira da Silva – Lampião* , while having his house burnt uttered: ‘My home is my hat.’ Today my cabin is my hat. All out-of-law of thought, who does not play the game more of others, opens a fold beauty in what is violent. ”
*Virgulino Ferreira da Silva, better known as Lampião (meaning “lantern” or “oil lamp”), was the most famous bandit leader of the Cangaço. Cangaço was a form of banditry endemic to the Brazilian Northeast in the 1920s and 1930s. Lampião’s exploits turned him into a ‘folk hero’, the Brazilian equivalent of Jesse James.
Camila Soato was elected the winner of PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition, by the votes left by the audience at the box in the exhibition. She received 566 on a total of 1,717 votes. Soato will be awarded with R$20,000.
In her work she combines the tradition of figurative oil painting, wrapped in a usual seriousness, with themes related to the satirical humor that comes in bizarre situations (fulerage). They are clippings of images that narrate fragment and bizarre moments.
About what Camila Soato showed at the exhibition:
The proposal for the MAM exhibition consisted of topics that mix children and mutts in situations on the threshold of the comic, the grotesque, the “fuleragem”, the ridicule. They were a mix of slips situations, mistakes and funny appropriated from the internet, with thick mass of inks that form a violent carnation. Trivial subjects which wrapped by the traditional seriousness official that the pictorial support still carries, elevates the banal, the ordinary to attempt to look at the minutiae of daily life, can be a way to destabilize pre-established models of perception, to shake the sensations catalogued, to question the official seriousness and the desire to evade certain catatonia in which we are immersed.
The other finalists were:
Most of her works are installations and performances. Violence has been in recent years, her major focus of attention. Reale became a criminal expert of Centro de Perícias Científicas of Pará and lives close to diverse issues of crime and social conflict. Her performances are thought in order to create a provocative reflection noise. Berna Reale won the PIPA Online 2012.
About what Berna Reale showed at the exhibition:
Berna Reale presented an installation comprising ten photo-performances with 180×110 cm each. The work entitled “MMXIII”, was shown for the first time and was created especially for the exhibition of PIPA at MAM-Rio. It deals with social and political issues using the symbolism of power and forces of social control. The ten images together intend to make the viewer to think about the present moment, especially the conflicts in the streets, whether in Brazil, whether in Syria or anywhere in the world.
Born in a small town in Paraná, he lives for many years between Rio de Janeiro and Stockholm, Sweden. His research involves the collective memory and its erasure in society, his work is often motivated by the interpretation of specific events related to the city, the architecture and historical representations.
About what Laercio Redondo showed at the exhibition:
The show by Laercio Redondo consisted of new works from the series “Lembrança de Brasília”[“Remembrance of Brasilia”]. About this work, Laercio says “The conjunction between art, life and architecture is analyzed from the process of creating panels and tiles by the artist Athos Bulcão(1918-2008).The work of Bulcão is marked by a process in which sometimes included the active participation of the workers in the assembly of the murals. This is singular, while relief and social aspect of poetic inclusion of workers in the result of the large tile panels present the architecture and landscape of Brasilia, the common thread of all the research.“Lembrança de Brasília” contextualizes this process, reenacts and re-signify the work of mural’s tiler that in Brazil began in colonial times. The body of work is just a reflection of an artist in the discussion of the essential connection between art, life and architecture in the recent history of Brazil. “Matrioska Filmes, during the setting up of the exhibition, in which the artists talk about what they are showing.