UÝRA, "Lama", 2017. Photo: Keila Serruya / Reproduction

The Terreiro do Paço Imperial, in Rio de Janeiro, receives more than 30 works from this Thursday (1). They are works by Coletivo Coletores, Josi, UÝRA and Vitória Cribb, winners of the PIPA Prize 2022. Among the 61 nominees this year – all of them artists and collectives with up to 15 years of careers –, the four were chosen by the PIPA Council for being considered a representative set of the current Brazilian art scene. In addition to participating in the show, the winners receive a donation of R$ 20 each.

“This 2022 set shows a very complex artistic ecosystem, mixing poetics that refer to more artisanal practices, to the radical involvement with technology. Above all, we see in these artists a poetic and political engagement with the peripheral universe and with an ecological and social experimentation that integrates the human with all the proliferating forms of life”, writes curator Luiz Camillo Osório.

This year's choice materializes the reformulation proposed by PIPA in 2020, when the award began to select more than one winner per edition. “More than concentrating on a single name, we realized that sharing the prize is fairer, considering a scenario as plural and continental as the Brazilian one, with so many relevant micro-scenes from north to south of the country”, explained the curator. in an interview with arte!brasileiros in 2021.

In this scenario, the exhibition ceases to have a competitive character and takes on the form of a celebration. Thus, Coletivo Coletores, Josi, UÝRA and Vitória Cribb share the Terreiro of the colonial building with juxtaposed works, “positioned in such a way as to highlight the possible permeabilities and increase their potency as a whole. Without a rigid expography, they create a space together in a free and fluid way – the exhibition is written in several hands”, explains the organization in its official communications. 

In addition to works by the four 2022 winners, those who visit Paço Imperial have the opportunity to see works commissioned and acquired by the PIPA Institute in recent years. They are works by contemporary Brazilian artists who are part of the history of the Award: Eduardo Berliner, Leticia Ramos, Romy Pocztaruk, Ile Sartuzi, Denilson Baniwa e Isael Maxakali.

the awardees

Formed in 2008 in the East Zone of the city of São Paulo by artists and researchers Toni Baptiste and Flávio Camargo, the Collective Collectors Its proposal is to think of cities as a means and support for its actions, using different visual and technological languages, discussing themes related to the peripheries, historical/cultural erasures, as well as the right to the city. In this exhibition, the group will present a work in videomapping on the facade of the Paço Imperial and will exhibit a video installation in NFT, Stories that don't sleep. On the opening day, the collective will still circulate around the city of Rio de Janeiro with one of its projections.

Born in Itamarandiba, the Minas Gerais Josi he lived his childhood in Carbonita, in the Jequitinhonha Valley (MG). Graduated in Letters from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, she graduated in Fine Arts at Escola Guignard-UEMG and today seeks to weave the knowledge heard and witnessed in the academy and “inscribed in the musculature of the hands: the various crafts, painting, washing clothes , spinning, writing, drawing, cooking and ceramics”, he explains in a text published by PIPA. In this exhibition, the artist brings some ceramic sculptures and a series of paintings with an original technique developed by her: the use of black bean water on paper and fabric.

year brings a little bit of the Amazon rainforest to the colonial building from flags with photos of the forest's tree cover. In the fabrics, the public can see the animals that inhabit the Amazon, through the design made by the leaves of the trees. The artist is Emerson, a trans (two spirits) and indigenous person with a degree in biology and a master's degree in ecology. She inhabits Manaus (AM), an industrial territory in the middle of the Forest, where she transforms herself to live UÝRA, a tree that walks. With the body as a support, the artist narrates stories of different natures via photo performances and performances. “From the city-forest landscape, he is interested in living systems and their violations, in memory and indigenous diasporas”, explains the PIPA organization in its official pages. 

Daughter of a Haitian father and a Brazilian mother, victory cribb In recent years, he has been creating digital and visual narratives that permeate techniques such as 3D avatar creation, augmented reality filters and immersive environments, using the digital environment as a means to explain his investigations and current issues covered by his subconscious. The artist investigates the behaviors and developments of new visual/social technologies and transposes her thinking through the immateriality present in digital.


PIPA Award 2022: Exhibition of Awardees and Recent Acquisitions
Imperial Palace: Praça XV de Novembro, 48 Centro, Rio de Janeiro
September 1st to October 30th
Visitation from Tuesday to Saturday, from 12:17 to XNUMX:XNUMX
Free admission

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