Finalists 2015

(this page was last updated in July 2016)

PIPA 2015 finalists will take part in an exhibition at MAM-Rio, from 5th September until 15th November.

The four artists are running for PIPA; the prize’s main category, in which the winner is chosen by the Award Jury and receives R$130 thousand, including participating in a three month artistic residency programme abroad, and PIPA Popular Vote; where is winner is chosen by the public throughout the course of the exhibition and receives R$ 24 thousand.

See who are the PIPA 2015 Finalists. The announcement is made by PIPA’s Board member and MAM-Rio‘s curator Luiz Camillo Osorio:

Meet PIPA 2015 Finalists:
(Click on the artists’ name to have more informations about their careers, see pictures of their works and watch video-interviews)

Cristiano Lenhardt
Leticia Ramos
Marina Rheingantz
Virginia de Medeiros

Every year, PIPA’s Board members choose four finalists, having as a reference the number of nominations receiver per artist by the Nominating Committee.

From all the nominated artists in this edition, only four are running for PIPA and PIPA Popular Vote:

– PIPA: Main category, in which the winner is chosen by the Award Jury (that will be revealed on the 16th October). The winner receives a sum of R$130 thousand Reais and part of this value (about R$25 thousand Reais) is destined to finance a three months residency program at Residency Unlimited, in New York, US. The Award Jury will define the winner on the basis of the exhibition at MAM-Rio, the analysis of their trajectories and the presented portfolios, such as in the relevance of the prize in cash and the participation on the international residency program for the development of each finalist’s career.

– PIPA Popular Vote: Second category exclusive for the finalists, where who defines the winner is the public visiting PIPA’s exhibition at MAM-Rio and votes for their favorite artist. The winner receives a sum of R$24 thousand Reais.

Exhibition at MAM-Rio

The Prize’s four finalists will showcase their works at PIPA 2015 Exhibition at the Museus of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro from 5th September until 15th November. Each artist can choose the works they will present along with the Museum’s curators, in accordance to the exhibition’ space. The artworks can be new or not. Each artist will receive R$12 thousand Reais as an allowance for producing the show.

During the exhibition, an interactive space will be place so the viewers can give their comments in post-its on walls, watch the assemblage video with statements by the four finalists and vote for their favourite artists for PIPA Popular Vote. The space will have televisions showing the interviews recorded with this edition’s nominees, and activities elaborated by a team of educators that will stimulated numerous discussions and reflections on the exhibition and contemporary art.


5th September – PIPA’s exhibition at MAM-Rio opening
16th October – Award Jury members announcement
1st November – End of the voting for PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition
4th November – PIPA Popular Vote Exhibition winner announcement
11th November – PIPA winner announcement
15th November – End of PIPA’s exhibition at MAM

About RU

Since the Prize’s creation in 2010, PIPA’s winning artist participates in a three month international residency programme (as part of the prize for the main category). From 2010 to 2012, the chosen residency was Gasworks, in London, UK. Renata Lucas, Tatiana Blass and Marcius Galan, PIPA 2010, 11 and 12 winners, respectively, were the winning artists who took part in the programme in London.

From 2013 onwards, winners started participating in the artistic residency programme at Residency Unlimited, in New York. Cadu, PIPA 2013 winner, was the first winning artist Prize to join RU in 2014 and Alice Miceli, PIPA 2014 winner, took part in the programme in 2015. This year’s winner, Virginia de Medeiros, will join the programme in 2016. Viewers will be able to accompany her trajectory at the RU through a series of three especial videos which will be produced exclusively for PIPA and will be published on our websites during the course of the three months.

RU is located within the former South Congregational Church in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. The space is flexible and multifunctional, functioning as a hub and meeting place for RU’s various Activities, including talks, screenings, performances and exhibitions. It is where residents meet with RU staff, do administrative work, and/or do research, and at times produce work on site. All resident related activities – including the weekly studio visits, monthly lunches, and technical support – are held in the church.

Residency Unlimited (RU) supports the creation, presentation and dissemination of contemporary art through its unique residency program and year-round public programs. We forge strategic partnerships with collaborating institutions to offer customized residencies designed to meet the individual needs of participating artists and curators. Residents benefit from our diverse network of partners, which allows for flexibility, customization and access to a wide range of services and resources including but not limited to studio/workspaces.

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