As part of its ongoing commitment to culture, the Faena Group is proud to announce the 2012 Faena Prize for the Arts in order to promote artistic experimentation, foster the connections between the expressions of different artistic disciplines and explore all of the possible combinations of art, technology and design to push the borders of art.
The competition is open to artists across the world and will award a grant of 25,000 USD to the winner as well as up to 50,000 USD to finance the production of a site-specific project that will be exhibited at the Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires in mid-2013. In addition, two special mentions will go to two other projects with a prize amount of 500 USD each.
The prize winner will be selected by an international jury that includes US based Carlos Basualdo, curator of contemporary art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Paris based Caroline Bourgeois, curator at the Artis/François Pinault Foundation, and Buenos Aires based curator Inés Katzenstein, director of the art department at theTorcuato Di Tella University, under the supervision of Ximena Caminos, Executive Director of the Faena Arts Center.
Inaugurated in September 2011 with the installation “O bicho suspenso na paisagem” by Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto, curated by the Tate’s Jessica Morgan, the Faena Arts Center welcomed more than 75,000 visitors during its debut. The second exhibition will be Cuban artists Los Carpinteros, which will open at the Faena Arts Center on May 15th. Located in the old engine room of the historic building Los Molinos, a turn-of-the-last-century Belle-Époque landmark, the center has over 4,000 m2 and extends a cultural bridge to the city, bringing art, new technologies and the creative processes within everyone’s reach.
The winning project must take into account the physical and symbolic space of the Faena Arts Center, interacting in a novel, intelligent and poetic way with the building and its urban setting. Artists or artistic collectives from across the world are invited to submit their projects for installations, sculptures, as well as graphic, technological and audio arts or combinations among these different expressions. Entry forms, criteria, deadlines and more information are available at: www.faenaartscenter.org/premiosf
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