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FAENA PRIZE FOR THE ARTS 2016-2017

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS MARCH 14 - AUGUST 10, 2016

FAENA ART invites international artists across disciplines to submit proposals for the Faena Prize, considered one of the most prestigious prizes in the Americas. The $75,000 USD prize will awarded to winning proposals for the creation of new site-sensitive work that engages with temporality and duration as prime materials while taking into account the specific context of Buenos Aires and the architecture of Faena Art Center.

International Jury: Carlos Basualdo, Achim Borchardt-Hume, Caroline Bourgeois, Jesús Fuenmayor, and Victoria Noorthoorn. Coordinated by Faena Art Chair Ximena Caminos.

About

FAENA ART is a nonprofit organization that houses and produces post-disciplinary and time-based experiences. A catalyst for innovative, site-specific and immersive creative practices, FAENA ART is a transformative bridge across the Americas, between the South and the North, the popular and the experimental. At the Faena Art Center Buenos Aires and at Faena Forum in Miami Beach, FAENA ART fosters new models for performative social interaction that transcend the traditional boundaries of art, science, philosophy and social practice.

Art today has abandoned the notion that vision is reason’s vehicle of choice, and space is no longer the privileged model for experience. Under these circumstances, the concept of “duration” (la durée) has become fundamental in the effort to redefine time in a new way that acknowledges its heterogeneous nature. Traditional definitions imposed the homogeneity and reversibility of space upon a temporal dimension that became thus static and petrified in a falsely distinct and repetitive succession of past, present and future. Duration, instead, means “invention, creation of forms, continuous production of that which is entirely new”. Rethinking duration challenges us to reflect upon the boundaries of art today.

The fifth edition of the Faena Prize serves as a platform for reflecting on these questions and invites artists from all disciplines to rethink the space of Faena Art Center Buenos Aires from perspectives based on time and duration.

The $75,000 USD prize will be awarded to winning proposals for the creation of new site-sensitive work that engages with temporality and duration as prime materials while taking into account the specific context of Buenos Aires and the architecture of Faena Art Center. $25,000 USD in unrestricted funds will be awarded directly to the artist. The remaining $50,000 USD will be allocated towards the production of the new work for exhibition at Faena Art Center Buenos Aires.

While maintaining the open call, this year’s prize will feature a Nominating Committee that will include curators and museum directors from around the world. These nominations will be anonymous and will be reviewed by the Faena Prize jury along with all open call submissions.

The Nominating Committee will include: curator Sonia Becce; Fernanda Brenner, Artistic Director PIVÔ, São Paulo; Rita González, curator LACMA, Los Angeles; Abdellah Karroum, Director Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, Doha; Jessica Morgan, Director Dia Art Foundation, New York; Lucrecia Palacios, curator MALBA, Buenos Aires; Philippe Pirotte, Director Portikus and Biennale de Montréal 2016, and Franklin Sirmans, Director Pérez Art Museum Miami. The Nominating Committee will be coordinated by curator, Jesus Fuenmayor.

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-sensitive projects, that respond to the physical and symbolic space of the Faena Art Center’s Sala Molinos and the greater context of Buenos Aires, while keeping open the possibility for future adaptation at Faena Forum Miami Beach. The call is for new projects in across disciplines (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 and respond to the concept of temporality and duration while also occupying the architectural space of the Faena Art Center in a significant way.

  • HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE FAENA PRIZE?

    To apply, participants must enter the following website: www.faenaart.org/faenaprize. Applicants must complete the registration form and upload two PDF files: one for the proposed project and another for the artist’s portfolio. Registration form will be available from March 14 through to August 10, 2016.

  • HOW SHOULD THE PROJECT BE SUBMITTED?

    To apply, participants must complete the registration form at www.faenaart.org/faenaprize. 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 March 14 – August 10, 2016.

  • WHAT SHOULD THE PROJECT INCLUDE?

    1. A one-page written description of the project and its conceptual development (size A4).

    2. A maximum of twelve sketches, plans, renders, photographs or digital images that give an accurate idea of the final image of the work within the Faena Art Center space. 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 during production.

    4. Up to five links to videos or documentation of works related to the project.

    5. Estimated production schedule and budget.

  • HOW SHOULD THE PORTFOLIO BE SUBMITTED?

    The portfolio should be presented in a single PDF file (A4 horizontal). There is no limit to the quantity of pages so that applicants can present all of the requested information. The portfolios will only be consulted during the jury’s initial selection of the winner and special mentions.

  • WHAT SHOULD THE PORTFOLIO INCLUDE?

    1. A maximum of fifteen images that provide an overview of the artist’s career.

    2. A Curriculum Vitae (of the individual artist or the group of artists who will participate in the project).

    3. Up to five links to videos or documentation of the artist’s past works.

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

    At www.faenaart.org/faenaprize 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. All information must be submitted in English.

  • WHEN CAN I VISIT MOLINOS ROOM?

    Sala Molinos of Faena Art Center Buenos Aires will be set up for personal visits of the artists submitting entries on 12 April, 10 May, 7 June and 5 July from 3-6 p.m. Potential applicants should write to visitas@faenaart.org to request the visit. Visit confirmation from FAENA ART is required. 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.

  • HOW WILL THE PRIZE MONEY BE DISTRIBUTED?

    The winning proposal will receive the $75,000 USD prize to be distributed in the following manner: $25,000 USD will be awarded directly to the artist for use at their discretion. $50,000 USD will be awarded for the production and creation of the winning proposal for exhibition at Faena Art Center. These production funds will be managed directly by Faena Art in collaboration with the artist and will include costs for all site-visits, travel and accommodations for the artist and marketing collateral.

Open Call 2016

Artists from different fields and/or disciplines are invited to present projects: installations, performances, paintings, sculptures, photographs, works that include design and architecture, film or video pieces, etc.

The winning project will be presented at Faena Art Center Buenos Aires with the possibility of being adapted for Faena Forum Miami Beach. The goal is to summon multidisciplinary artists from across the world to imagine site-sensitive works, works that dialogue not only with the monumental architecture of the building but also with the cultural and urban conditions of our immediate surroundings. Again, our institutional mission in this edition is to explore time itself as a working material.

Applicants may download the terms and conditions, guidelines and sample files to prepare their proposals at the link below.

  • 2016 Jury
    • Carlos Basualdo

      Carlos Basualdo is a member of Faena Circle and the Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he oversees the Museum’s Department of Contemporary Art. He was the lead organizer of Bruce Nauman: Topological Gardens that represented the United States at the 2007 Venice Biennale, where it was awarded the Golden Lion for Best National Participation. He was also part of the curatorial teams for Documenta11, the 50th Venice Biennale, and conceived and curated Tropicalia: A Revolution in Brazilian Culture, which traveled from the MCA Chicago to the Barbican Gallery in London (2004/2005) as well as the Bronx Museum in New York and the Museu de Arte Moderna in Rio de Janeiro (2006/2007). From 2010 until 2013, he worked as Curator at Large at MAXXI Arte, in Rome, Italy.

    • Achim Borchardt-Hume

      Achim Borchardt-Hume is Director of Exhibitions at Tate Modern, where he joined as Head of Exhibitions in November 2012. His recent projects include Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture, the first major Malevich restropective in the UK and the Richard Tuttle Turbine Hall commission. He was previously Chief Curator of the Whitechapel Gallery, a Curator of Modern and Contemporary art at Tate Modern, Exhibition Organizer at the Serpentine Gallery, and Acting Head of the Barbican Art Gallery. German-born Borchardt-Hume holds a Ph.D in Art History and Theory from Essex University on art and politics in Fascist Italy.

    • Caroline Bourgeois

      Caroline Bourgeois is the curator of the François Pinault Foundation in Paris and has organized numerous exhibitions around the world, such as The Passage of Time in Lille, A Certain State of the World at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, À Triple Tour in Paris, Illusions des lumières and Martial Raysse at Palazzo Grassi, 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).

    • Jesús Fuenmayor

      Jesús Fuenmayor is a curator with more than twenty-five years of experience in the field. In 2015 he curated the exhibition Eugenio Espinoza: Unruly Supports at the Pérez Art Museum in Miami, as well as Gego: Autobiography of a Line at the Dominique Lévy Gallery in New York. From 2012 to 2015 he was Director and Curator of the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami. Prior to that, from 2004 to 2011, he served as Director of the Fundación Periférico Caracas, also curating exhibitions on contemporary artists including Antoni Muntadas, Meyer Vaisman, Arocha + Schraenen, Jorge Pedro Núñez, Montserrat Soto, Jaime Gili, and Danilo Dueñas. He has organized curatorial workshops and seminars and published extensively in international art magazines as well as museum catalogues and anthologies of contemporary art.

    • Victoria Noorthoorn

      Victoria Noorthoorn is the Director of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires since August 2013. She received an M. A. in Art History from the University of Buenos Aires and an M. A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies in Bard College, New York. She has acted as Projects Coordinator of the International Program at MoMA, New York; Assistant Curator of Contemporary Exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York; and Curator at Malba-Fundación Costantini in Buenos Aires. She has been independent between 2004 and 2013; during this time, she curated the 29th Pontevedra Art Biennial, in Pontevedra, Spain (2006); the 41 Salón Nacional de Artistas in Cali, Colombia (2008); the 7th Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009); the 11ème Biennale de Lyon: A Terrible Beauty Is Born in France (2011); and The Circle Walked Casually, Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, Berlin (2013), among many other exhibitions. In 2011, she was nominated finalist for The Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Excellence. In 2012, she was presented with the honors of the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture. In 2014, she was selected to attend the Global Museum Leaders Colloquium organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

  • PAST Jury
    • Caroline Bourgeois

      Caroline Bourgeois is the curator of the François Pinault Foundation in Paris and has organized numerous exhibitions around the world, such as The Passage of Time in Lille, A Certain State of the World at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture in Moscow, À Triple Tour in Paris, Illusions des lumières and Martial Raysse at Palazzo Grassi, 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).

    • Rita Gonzalez

      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.

  • 2015 Winner
    • Cayetano Ferrer

      2015 Faena Prize Winner

    • Pablo Rasgado

      2015 Faena Prize Mention

    • Nicolas Gullota

      2015 Faena Prize Mention

  • 2012 Winner
    • Fundación Vairoletto

      2012 Faena Prize Winner

    • Santiago Sierra

      2012 Faena Prize Mention

    • Sebastián Díaz Morales

      2012 Faena Prize Mention