“Recent Acquisitions: PIPA Institute collection” 2022

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“Recent Acquisitions: PIPA Institute collection” 2022

From September 1st until October 29, 2022, the PIPA Institute presented artworks commissioned and recently acquired in the exhibition “Recent Acquisitions: PIPA Institute collection” at Paço Imperial, in the historic center of Rio de Janeiro. There were 22 works in display by Brazilian contemporary artists that are part of PIPA Prize’s history: Eduardo Berliner, Leticia Ramos, Romy Pocztaruk, Ilê Sartuzi, Denilson Baniwa and Isael Maxakali. On the opening day of the show, Romy, who had 5 pieces in the exhibition, talked about the series “A última aventura, Fordlândia” and “Red Sand I” during the guided tour conducted by the PIPA Institute curator, Luiz Camillo Osorio.

Read below the introductory text of the show, which was positioned at the entrance of the room (originally in Portuguese):

“The PIPA Institute was created in 2009. Initially, its role was to coordinate and support the PIPA Prize, incorporating elements that would culturally empower the Prize’s ephemeris. Some of them include the annual production of a catalogue with all the nominated artists of the current edition, the PIPA Online and a website holding pages of all the participating artists. These activities expanded the Prize in several directions, giving it a year-long calendar and helping contemporary artists, especially those who live and work outside the Rio de Janeiro-São Paulo area, to have more visibility, in Brazil and abroad. After 13 years, the PIPA Prize website has become a relevant research platform for those who want to know more about Brazilian art. The English version is often consulted by international researchers, curators and collectors.

Since 2016, the Institute has been intensifying its activities. The curatorship is in the hands of Luiz Camillo Osorio, and we started to build up a collection around  the PIPA Prize artists, and drawing on the umbrella concept of ‘displacement’.

‘Displacement’ has many definitions. Essentially, it has to do with the movement of people, objects, and living beings from one place to another. This may be spontaneous or forced. There is a sense of urgency and a need for invention associated with displacement – between countries, bodies, sexuality, identity, and artistic languages and supports. In this sense, with so much able to fit into this concept, shining a light on the problems and challenges of our time, it allows us to bring together works by artists that represent what is being done in these early years of the new millennium.

Over the last five years, we have held a few exhibitions with the collection, in addition to maintaining other activities related to the Prize. The idea is to strengthen the collection more and more through acquisitions and commissions, holding exhibitions and participating, to the extent of our scale, in various projects with the artists. The PIPA Institute stands by the belief that by investing in Brazilian contemporary art, we may help bring about a more plural, more integrated, less unequal future.

A longer version of this text is featured in the PIPA Prize 2022 catalogue, together with images of the exhibition and of the recently acquired works. You can see these pages here and download the complete catalogue here.

On the same period, the exhibition “PIPA Prize 2022: Awarded Artists” was also taking place, presenting the works of Coletivo ColetoresJosi, UÝRA and Vitória Cribb. Since 2020, the Prize’s exhibition is no longer competitive. The show is a celebration of these four artists being chosen as winners of the edition. Thus, the four shared the Terreiro space with juxtaposed works, positioned in order to highlight the possible permeabilities and increasing their power as a whole. The exhibition was written by several hands: without a rigid expography, the artists could create a space in a free and fluid way.

The guided tour of the exhibitions, held on the opening day by Luiz Camillo Osorio, was adapted for a video produced by Do Rio Filmes. The part of the tour about the Institute’s exhibition had the participation of Lucrécia Vinhaes, founder and coordinator of the Institute and the PIPA Prize, in addition to the artist Romy Pocztaruk, and the exhibition of the winners had the participation of Coletivo Coletores, Josi and Vitória Cribb, who shared with the public about their work and themes.

Watch the video (subtitles are available) of the guided tour to the Institute collection show, in which, among other topics, the curator highlighted that both the Prize and the Institute seek to bring a diagnosis of the present – ​​a present that is not unilateral or unidimensional, but rather the place of polyphony, plurality and gaps, which artists try to open despite the walled horizon that we often come across.

Watch, as well, the video of the guided tour to the Awarded Artists exhibition (subtitles are available):

See more pictures of the exhibition. They are all by Fabio Souza.

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