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For more than ten years promoting Brazilian art and artists, and also fostering the national production of Contemporary Art, PIPA Institute is pleased to announce the four Awarded Artists of PIPA 2022. We emphasise that, in this 13th edition, we decided to maintain the focus of the prize on the production of artists with more recent trajectories: the participating artists of 2022 are those who had their first institutional exhibition no longer than 15 years ago. The four Awarded Artists show how plural the Brazilian production of art is, mixing diverse languages and knowledge and being developed throughout the country.
The curator of PIPA Institute, Luiz Camillo Osorio, shared some words about the choice of awardees and about the moment that the prize is experiencing:
“The moment of announcing the awarded artists is always a joyful one. Since the beginning of the pandemic, PIPA decided to expand the range of the prize, going from one to four contemplated artists. Beyond decentralising the prize and broadening the focus, this option seemed more interesting bearing in mind the quality and the diversity of the contemporary artistic production. There many “Brasils” inside the same country, and an art prize has the role of treasuring this multiplicity.
The four winner artists of PIPA Prize 2022 are: Coletivo Coletores, Josi, UÝRA and Vitória Cribb. It’s never easy to reach the decision of the final names, what forces the Prize’s Board to undergo long discussions. Speaking in general terms, there are two types of award: the one for recognising a trajectory and the one for fostering the contemporary production. As much as PIPA does not aim to uncover unknown artists, its goal has been turning to the acknowledgment of a more recent production – in this case, of artists with a trajectory no longer than 15 years.This makes the challenge even more acute.
This set of 2022 shows a rather complex artistic ecosystem, mixing poetics that point to, from more handicraft practices, to the radical engagement with technology. Above all, we see in these artists a poetic and politic involvement with the peripheral universe and with an ecological and social experimentation that integrates the human in all proliferating forms of life. PIPA Prize heads to its 13th edition understanding the importance of its continuity, something that is rare among us, to the strengthening of the contemporary art scene. In September, there will be the exhibition of the four awardees at Paço Imperial (Rio de Janeiro), as well as a parallel show with the new acquisitions and commissioning of PIPA Institute.”
We invite you to know a bit more about the Awarded Artists of 2022, selected by the Board (the following names are in alphabetical order):
Formed in 2008 in the periphery of São Paulo by artists and researchers Toni Baptiste and Flávio Camargo, COLETORES proposes to think of cities as a medium and support for its actions using visual and technological languages, discussing themes related to the peripheries, historical/cultural erasures, as well as the right to the city. COLETORES has worked on different projects related to technology, arts and the city in multiple institutions.
Josi is from Carbonita-MG, in Vale do Jequitinhonha. Among other things, from there she carried pequi dust, twisted weeds and pitch dark dripped with prayers. Her family left for Caeté, in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte, and, from the daily commute to work, she traced drawings. Josi graduated in Languages from UFMG, became a teacher and said so many times that occupying any stage was the right of any and all people that she ended up listening to. She then graduated in Fine Arts at the Guignard School-UEMG and is raising a boil of joining herself whole, from a braiding of knowledge heard, witnessed and inscribed in the musculature of her hands: various crafts, painting, laundry, spinning, writing, drawing, cooking, ceramics… With these trainings she is unraveling and weaving the recipes of occupying times and spaces in the moving of her subjectivities.
Cribb graduated from the Superior School of Industrial Design at UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Daughter of a Haitian father and a Brazilian mother, she has been creating in recent years digital and visual narratives that permeate techniques such as creation of 3D avatars, filters in augmented reality and immersive environments, using the digital environment as a means to explain her investigations and current issues covered by her subconscious. Vitória investigates the behaviours and developments of new visual/social technologies and transposes its thinking through the immateriality present in the digital.
Emerson, 30, is indigenous and two spirits (trans). Graduated in Biology, with a Masters Degree in Ecology, she works as a visual artist, art educator and researcher. Lives in Manaus (AM), industrial territory in the middle of the Forest, where she transforms herself to become Uýra, a Walking Tree. Having her body as medium, she tells stories from different Natures through photo performance. From the City-Forest landscape, she’s interested in alive systems and its violations, and also in memory and indigenous diasporas.
Awarded Artists Exhibition
The four artists will each receive a donation of R$20 thousand and be part of a in-person and not competitive group exhibition at Paço Imperial, in Rio de Janeiro, from September 1st until October 30, 2022.
Beyond the in-person show, the artists will make a Virtual Take Over / Exhibition in an special space reserved for it on PIPA’s websites and social media, with one one week being destined to each one of them during the month of October. In this way, the public from other cities that won’t be able to attend the exhibition at Paço Imperial will have the opportunity to know more about the artists.
In addition to the exhibitions, the four artists will be highlighted on the annual publication of PIPA Prize. The catalogue includes image of works, biography, texts written by critics that were chosen by them and a transcription of interviews with the curator of PIPA Institute, Luiz Camillo Osorio.
“ Watch the guided tour at the opening of the PIPA 2022 Awarded artists exhibition”. Duration 21’31”
As in previous years, all artists of this 13th edition are invited to participate in PIPA Online. The two most voted artists on the second round of the internet voting will receive, each one, R$5 thousand.
The online voting, which begins on August 1st, has proved to be effective on its function to promote the artists to a broader audience, beyond the great urban centres.
The Prize’s new format meets PIPA Institute’s focus to intensify the acquisitions of artworks by the Prize’s participating artists.
Multiple works from the collection will be presented at the exhibition that is also taking place in Paço Imperial, during the same period as the exhibition of the four Awarded Artists of PIPA 2022.
To know more about the Awarded and about the fellow participants of PIPA Prize 2022, visit their pages which include artwork pictures, interviews, curriculum and much more. Also visit PIPA Institute‘s website to know more about our collection.