The Brazil Award returns to the Center of Contemporary Art in Quito

May 04, 2022 | Analía Vallejo Larrea

A new edition of the Brazil Award will be inaugurated on May 27 at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito (CAC).
Image: Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito
The Brazil Award - Emerging Art is a call for entries that comes from the alliance between the Brazilian Embassy in Ecuador and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito. This year, the award is celebrating its fifth edition.
Furniture to look for lizards (2019) by Gabriela Fabre (artwork of the 4th edition of the Brazil Award)
The idea is to create a platform for exchange and visibility for new Ecuadorian artists, promoting their work in the field of visual arts in Ecuador, and, in turn, forming the cultural heritage of the Embassy of Brazil in Ecuador. Thus, in addition to promoting the production of young Ecuadorian artists, it favors artistic exchange between Ecuador and Brazil.
Once upon a time... (2019) by Irene Domínguez (artwork of the 4th edition of the Brazil Award)
To participate, artists, both individually and as a collective, must be Ecuadorians under 35 years of age, exploring any of the following formats: painting, sculpture, drawing, engraving, installation, video, performance, objects, photography, audiovisual media, etc.

Selected Artists of the 5th edition of the Brazil Award

The Selection Committee consisted of two agents from the local contemporary art scene and a representative from the Center for Contemporary Art, who were appointed by the Embassy of Brazil in Ecuador and the CCA. This committee was responsible for choosing the shortlisted works that are part of the Temporary Exhibition Brazil Award 2022 – Emerging Art. In addition, they decide the winners of the Brazil Award, which has two categories: Residency and Acquisition.

A thousend times, Oh Patria (2019) by David Jarrín (artwork of the 4th edition of the Brazil Award)
The Acquisition Award, consists of the acquisition by the Brazilian Embassy of the winning artwork in the amount of $3000, with the purpose of making the winning work part of the artistic collection and the permanent exhibition of the Brazilian Embassy in Ecuador. The Residency Award, on the other hand, allows the winner to carry out an artistic stay in Pivô, São Paulo, thanks to the support of Produbanco. This award is valued at $3000 and is carried out under a program of extensive experience in the training of artists, based on the critical monitoring of projects and facilitating the development of the artworks. The value of the award includes round-trip airfare and lodging for the artist for one month.
Submersion (2019) by ADA Collective (artwork of the 4th edition of the Brazil Award) 
The fourth edition was held in 2019 and received 95 applications, from which 16 finalist artists were selected. The Acquisition Prize was awarded to Karla Torres, with her work "Acuerdate de mí" (Remember me), where the artist embroiders hair of Mixe women (Ayuujk, located in Oaxaca-Mexico), on the napkins where they usually keep their tortillas. With this, the artist seeks not to forget the indigenous peoples and their practices, as well as to reflect on embroidery as a technique associated with femininity. Torres works on concepts such as cosmology, lineage, everyday life and affection.
Remember me (2019) by Karla Torres (Winning artwork of the Acquisition Prize of the 4th edition of the Brazil Award)
The Residency Award went to David Cevallos, with the work "Piedra Luna" (moon rock), where he speaks of detachment from matter, as he creates his work from the destruction of old artworks by the artist himself, through a ritual. Thus, he works concepts such as restarting and change.
Moon Rock (2019) by David Cevallos (Winning artwork of the Residency Prize of the 4th edition of the Brazil Award)
The awards ceremony of the fifth edition will take place on May 27 at 19:00 pm at the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Quito, from that moment on, the winners of both the acquisition award and the residency award will be announced, as well as the rest of the artworks selected by the curatorial committee.

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