The Brazilian Embassy in Quito and Ecuatorian Centro de Arte Contemporaneo announced Wednesday (Oct.25) , the names of the winners of of the third edition of the Brazil Prize, Arte Emergente 2017.
In the Residency Prize category, Matías Armendaris was selected for his work ‘Dead fly casket’ (‘Ataúd de Mosca Muerta’). The artist will make a trip and an artistic residence at Pivo Art and Research, in Sao Paulo.
How does an idea become an object of art or an exhibition in our time? And what is the relationship between these objects and exhibitions and their surroundings and art history? These issues are fundamental and are renewed by every generation of viewers of contemporary art.
Amidst the cultural effervescence of central São Paulo – and with these issues always in mind – PIVÔ was born as a space for experimental and process-based art that devotes more attention to the peculiarities of each project and provides a range of opportunities for artists and invited researchers to develop their research.
The program of PIVÔ is comprised of exhibitions, special projects, workshops, residencies, educational activities and lectures divided between the programs: Annual Exhibitions Program and PIVÔ Research. Its structure develops alongside its program, in an open process with constant changes. And its mission is precisely to rethink the visual arts institutional model in Brazil – which, while ensuring creative freedom for artists, undertakes responsibilities with its surroundings, in an attempt to extend this autonomy of thought to the visiting public. Since its foundation, the goal has always been to provide artists, all those working in the space and its visitors of the space, with a context for critical thinking as well as aesthetic experiences.
PIVÔ seeks new management and funding models, coordinating partnerships and offering alternatives for the support of artists, critics, curators and cultural producers in the national and international spheres. In the four years of its existence, the institution has held around 40 projects, hosted in its space an average of 200 artists from many different countries and has received about 50,000 visitors
Second and third prizes
The Acquisition Prize was awarded to Gary Vera for the installation of drawings ‘Errare humanum est’ . In this category, of the 16 exhibited works, the Brazilian embassy in Ecuador acquires one.
Juan Carlos Vargas received the Travel Grant Award for the video installation ‘Input (Next / Home)’. This recognition will finance the transfer expenses for the artist to move to Brazil for educational or professional purposes.
The judging panel consisted of Fabiano Kueva, Miguel Alvear and Jéssica Varrichio, who deliberated and evaluated the 16 selected works under criteria related to the artistic quality of the proposals, their portfolio and the issues raised.
After a public call, 110 applications were obtained nationwide, of which 16 were selected. The sample of the chosen artists will be exposed until February 25, 2018.
Those who participate in the third edition, besides the 3 winners, are: Francisco Baquerizo, Fernanda Bertero, Clío Bravo, Luis Chenche, Doménica García, Leonardo Moyano, Ricardo Nugra, David Orbea, Isabel Páez, Esteban Pérez, Isadora Romero, Joshua Vela and Cristian Villavicencio.
The Brazil Prize began in 2013, financing an artistic residence and, two years later, the Acquisition Prize was incorporated. In the 2017 edition, a travel grant was added that will finance the air travel expenses for an Ecuadorian artist to go to Brazil and nurture the contemporary artistic environment of that city. This new addition is sponsored by the Brazilian Ecuadorian Chamber of Commerce. (Based on information published by Quito’s newspaper El Telegrafo)