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Faena Prize 2014

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.

APPLICATION PERIOD: June 16 - January 30, 2015

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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

  • WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS?

    January 30th, 2015 at 8pm [GMT -03:00]

  • 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.

  • 2012 Winners
    • Fundación Vairoletto

      2012 Faena Prize Winner

    • Santiago Sierra

      2012 Faena Prize Mention

    • Sebastián Díaz Morales

      2012 Faena Prize Mention

Visit

Please see below Open House dates for potential applicants to the Faena Prize for the Arts.

November 20th, 2014
4pm to 6pm
December 1st, 2014
4pm to 6pm
December 12th, 2014
4pm to 6pm
January 15th, 2015
4pm to 6pm

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.

    From 2004-2008 she was the artistic director of Plateau in Paris.

    Since 2007 she has curated an exhibition at the François Pinault Foundation entitled “Passage du Temps” in the Trip Postal in Lille. Later she worked as the curator of the collection and organized the following exhibitions: in 2009, “A certain state of the world?” in the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow and “Who is afraid of artists?” at Dinard. She was also responsible for “In Praise of Doubt” at Punta della Dogana, which ran from April 2011 until the end of 2012, and “The World Belongs to You” at Palazzo Grassi, which ran from June of 2011 until February of 2012.

    She is currently working on a one-man show for Urs Fischer at Palazzo Grassi, which will run from April until July of 2012, and an exhibition on the François Pinault Foundation’s video collection, which is scheduled to open in September 2012.

  • RITA GONZÁLEZ

    Rita González is a curator, visual artist, and writer. She lives and works in the city of Los Angeles, where she is Associate Curator of the Contemporary Art Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).

    González’s productions include distinguished short films on the construction process of the great social myths, as well as a collaboration with director Jesse Lerner, entitled Mexperimental, which provides an overview of experimental, alternative, and independent cinema in contemporary Mexico.

  • KATIE SONNENBORN

    Katie Sonnenborn is the Co-Director of the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in New York, a nine-week artist residency program that annually supports and fosters the talents of the brightest emerging visual artists.

    In the past, Sonnenborn has worked at the Dia Art Foundation, where she began her career as Assistant to the Director Michael Goven, later serving as Director of External Affairs. She is also a regular contributor to specialized publications such as Performa, Frieze and Brooklyn Rail.

  • SONIA BECCE

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