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.