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Faena Prize 2015

The International Jury of the Faena Prize for the Arts convened in Buenos Aires and awarded Cayetano Ferrer with the $75,000 USD prize for the creation of Cinema Architecture, a site-specific work to be presented at the Faena Art Center Buenos Aires in 2015.

FAENA ART AWARDS THE 2015 FAENA PRIZE FOR THE ARTS TO CAYETANO FERRER

About

The Faena Prize for the Arts aims to foster artistic experimentation, to encourage crossover between expressions and disciplines, and to promote exploration of the infinite links between art, technology, and design.

As in all its previous editions, leading figures from the international art world will compose the jury for the 2015 prize—currently the most important art prize in Argentina. Under the coordination of Ximena Caminos, the jury of the 2015 edition will include: Caroline Bourgeois, the curator of the François Pinault Foundation; Rita Gonzalez, curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); Katie Sonnenborn, co-director of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in New York; and Sonia Becce, a renowned independent Argentine curator.

The fourth edition of the Faena Prize will call on artists or groups of artists from all over the world to develop original, site-specific projects that are in dialogue with the architecture and space of the Faena Art Center in Buenos Aires. This interaction may consist of a direct response to its dimensions, or a significant exploration of its occupation. Proposals may include installations, performances, paintings, sculptures, photographs, work rooted in design or architecture, film or video pieces, and all possible hybrids of the above disciplines.

The winning project will receive a US$25,000 prize for the artist and a budget of up to $50,000 to finance the work’s production for exhibition at Faena Art Center during 2015. Two special mentions will also be awarded, each with a US$1,000 prize.

FAQ

  • WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THE FAENA PRIZE?

    All individuals over the age of 18 are eligible to apply. Proposals will be accepted from emerging, mid to late career and established artists. Individuals and art collectives may apply. Individual artists who are also members of a collective that submit an entry for review may also present their own individual project.

  • WHAT CHARACTERISTICS SHOULD THE PROJECT HAVE?

    This edition of the Faena Prize for the Arts is reserved for site-specific projects, that is, projects especially conceived for the physical and symbolic space of the Faena Art Center’s Molinos’ Room. The call is for new projects in different artistic fields and/or interdisciplinary projects (installations, performances, paintings, sculptures, photographs, works that include design and architecture, film or video pieces, and all hybrids of the aforementioned disciplines) that clearly reflect on, respond to and/or occupy the Faena Art Center space in a significant way.

  • HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE FAENA PRIZE?

    To apply, participants must enter the following website: www.faenaprize.com Applicants must complete the registration form and upload two PDF files: one for the project and another one for the portfolio. Registration form will be available from June 16, 2014.

  • HOW SHOULD THE PROJECT BE SUBMITTED?

    To apply, participants must complete the registration form at www.faenaprize.com. Please read the linked files available for download under “downloads” carefully before submitting the project proposal. Applicants must upload two PDF files: the project proposal and artist portfolio. Registration is open and applications are accepted from June 16, 2014 through January 30, 2015.

  • WHAT SHOULD THE PROJECT INCLUDE?

    1. A written description of the project and its conceptual development that cannot exceed one page (size A4). 2. A maximum of 12 sketches, plans, renders, photographs or digital images that give an accurate idea of the final image of the work within the space of the exhibition room. At least two images (size A4, color at 300DPI) must be submitted, plus all additional material the applicant considers necessary in size A6, color at 300DPI. 3. Description of the materials and techniques to be used in constructing the project. 4. In order to assess the feasibility of the project in terms of its cost and timeframe, applicants must include an estimated production budget and schedule.

  • HOW SHOULD THE PORTFOLIO BE SUBMITTED?

    The final submitted should be a PDF (A4 horizontal). There is no page limit. The portfolios will only be consulted if the project makes it to the final round of reviews.

  • WHAT SHOULD THE PORTFOLIO INCLUDE?

    1. A maximum of 15 images that provide an overview of the artist’s career. 2. A curriculum vitae (of the individual artist, the artists participating in the collective or of the group of artists who will participate in the project).

  • WHERE CAN I FIND PLANS, IMAGES AND DIMENSIONS OF THE SPACE?

    At www.faenaprize.com under “downloads” there are documents available for download which include plans, technical rider, and images.

  • WHAT IF THE PROJECT DOES NOT MEET THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS?

    Applications that do not meet the “Terms and Conditions” will be automatically disqualified.

  • WHEN CAN I VISIT MOLINOS ROOM?

    The Molinos Room of the Faena Art Center will be open for potential applications to the Faena Prize to visit the site on March 31st, May 5th, June 2nd and 16th, July 28th, September 1st, October 6th from 3pm to 6pm. In order to participate in the open houses please RSVP with your preferred dates at visitaspremiosf@faenaartscenter.org. You will receive a confirmation email to confirm that your visit has been reserved.

  • HOW WILL THE WINNERS BE NOTIFIED?

    The Faena Prize winner and the two special mentions who are selected will be notified via email and telephone.

2015 Winner

CAYETANO FERRER

Working with the specific visual iconography of Buenos Aires, Cinema Architecture (working title) involves the use of borrowed architectural forms, structures and surface ornaments to create new overlaid forms that reference diverse historic époques and reflect the paradox of history in the age of information. While this palimpsest of historical structures is a global condition, each city has a particular visual identity in its art and architecture.

See The Project

2015 Mentions

  • Nicolas Gullota

    Nicolas Gullota was born in 1983 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lives and works. Since 2009, he has worked in a variety of media, including performance, sculpture and installation. His work is a performative process in relation to particular situations and places. In his work processes, Gullotta establishes an exchange between places, history and materials in order to interrogate their fundamental meanings.

    He graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Arte and participated at LIPAC Research Laboratory in Contemporary Practices UBA/CCR (2009) and attended to Carlos Amorales workshop at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (2010). In 2013, he was artist-in-residence at Stichting Kaus Australis, Rotterdam and in 2014, he received a scholarship to attend Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in USA.

  • Pablo Rasgado

    Pablo Rasgado (b.1984) lives and works in Mexico City. His recent exhibitions include: Los Irrespetuosos, Museo Carrillo Gil, Mexico; Other People´s Problems, Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; Arquitectura Desdoblada, Museo Experimental el Eco, Mexico City; When Attitudes Became Form Becomes Attitudes, CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Lost Line, LACMA, Los Angeles; Destello, Coleccion Jumex, Mexico. He has participated in several residency programs such as Cite international des arts, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Vermont studio center; and has been awarded various fellowships like the Mex Am Fellowship, Triangle Art Trust and, in three occasions by the National Fund for Culture and Arts.

Jury

  • Caroline Bourgeois

    As curator of the François Pinault Foundation in Paris, Caroline Bourgeois has curated numerous exhibitions around the world, such as The Passage of Time in Lille, A Certain State of the World in Moscow, and Who is Afraid of Artists? in Dinard, France.

    Between 2004 and 2008, she served as artistic director of Le Plateau, the exhibition space of the Île-de-France Regional Contemporary Art Fund (FRAC). She has also previously worked as a curator and an independent producer of notable exhibitions, such as Valie Export, Point of View and Money.

  • RITA GONZÁLEZ

    Rita Gonzalez is Curator in the Contemporary Art department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she has curated Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement;  Asco: Elite of the Obscure (during the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time festival); Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection; and Agnes Varda in Californialand, among other exhibitions and programs.

    Gonzalez’s curatorial collaboration with filmmaker Jesse Lerner, Mexperimental Cinema, was the first survey of Mexican experimental film and video. It traveled to museums and film festivals internationally and resulted in the first bilingual publication on the subject. From 1997-1999, she was the Lila Wallace Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.

  • KATIE SONNENBORN

    Katie Sonnenborn is the Co – Director of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in New York, a leading artist residency program that annually supports and fosters the talents of emerging visual artists. Sonnenborn was previously Director of External Affairs at Dia Art Foundation where responsibilities including spearheading land preservation efforts at Walter De Maria’s The Lightning Field, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and Michael Heizer’s City. She has contributed to numerous contemporary art publications, including Performa, Frieze and Brooklyn Rail.

  • SONIA BECCE

    Sonia Becce is an independent curator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is currently serving as President of the Gallery Selection Committee for the ArteBA art fair. In 2013, she curated the exhibitions AES+F: The Liminal Space Trilogy and Eduardo Navarro: Mercosur Legal Study III at the Faena Arts Center.

    Since 1987, she has been collaborating closely with the artist Guillermo Kuitca, whose landmarks include the retrospective exhibition Guillermo Kuitca—Works 1982-2002, curated by herself and Paulo Herkenhoff, and shown at both the Centro de Arte Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MALBA), and her coordination of the first four editions of the Kuitca Scholarship for Young Artists.

  • 2013 Winners
    • Fundación Vairoletto

      2013 Faena Prize Winner

    • Santiago Sierra

      2013 Faena Prize Mention

    • Sebastián Díaz Morales

      2013 Faena Prize Mention