• Faena Prize for the Arts

    EL GANADOR DEL PREMIO FAENA 2012 ES EL PROYECTO "FUNDACIÓN VAIROLETTO" DE FRANCO DARÍO VICO.
    LA PROPUESTA ESTÁ BASADA EN UN PERSONAJE POCO CONOCIDO DE LA HISTORIA ARGENTINA, VAIROLETTO, UN BANDIDO OPERATIVO EN LA PROVINCIA DE SANTA FE DURANTE LAS PRIMERAS DÉCADAS DEL SIGLO XX.
    DESCRIPTO COMO EL "ROBIN HOOD DE LAS PAMPAS" POR SU SOLIDARIDAD CON LOS MÁS POBRES Y SU ACTITUD ANÁRQUICA HACIA LAS JERARQUÍAS E INSTITUCIONES OFICIALES.

    Oriundo de la provincia de Santa Fe, Franco Darío Vico recibirá un premio total de u$s75.000; de los cuales u$s25.000 serán para el artista y u$s50.000 que serán destinados a financiar la producción del proyecto que será exhibido en Faena Arts Center a mediados de 2013.

    Como parte esencial de su proyecto el artista propone dividir el premio de la siguiente manera:
    u$s25.000 para organizar un nuevo premio con 25 ganadores (se les dará u$s1.000 a cada ganador para la producción de sus obras).
    u$s25.000 para la producción de la inauguración, campaña de difusión del nuevo premio y realización de un video institucional de la "Fundación Vairoletto".
    u$s25.000 (el premio del artista) se quedará con la mitad, y la otra mitad la donará a organizaciones benéficas.

    El jurado destaco del proyecto la fricción con lo institucional, el rechazo al gran gesto escultórico que supuestamente pide el espacio del FAC, como así también su transformación del premio en un juego político de redistribución de fondos. Sostuvo adem'as que la propuesta cuestiona la posición privilegiada de las artes en la sociedad contemporánea y expande, de manera reflexiva y con espíritu de celebración, la definición misma de la práctica artística.

    MENCIONES: Santiago Sierra / Madrid, España (1966) y Sebastián Díaz Morales / Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina (1975)

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    FAENA PRIZE 2012 WINNER IS FRANCO DARÍO VICO, FOR HIS PROJECT "FUNDACIÓN VAIROLETTO"
    THE PROPOSAL IS BASED ON VAIROLETTO, A LEGENDARY CHARACTER OF ARGENTINE HISTORY. HE WAS A BANDIT OF THE EARLY 20th CENTURY WHO OPERATED  IN SANTA FE PROVINCE, WHERE VICO WAS BORN.  VAIROLETTO HAS BEEN CALLED THE  "ROBIN HOOD OF THE PAMPAS" FOR HIS SOLIDARITY WITH THE POOR AND HIS ANARCHIC ATTITUDE TOWARDS HIERARCHIES AND OFFICIAL INSTITUTIONS.

    Franco Darío Vico will get a total prize of US$75.000. The artist will receive US$25.000 and US$50.000 will be used to finance the project production that will be exhibited at the Faena Arts Center by mid 2013.

    As part of his project the artist proposed to divide the pize as follows:
    u$s25.000 to organize a new prize to be divided among 25 winners (each one will receive u$s1.000 to produce their works).
    u$s25.000 to produce the inauguration, press campaign of the new prize and the production of an institutional video of the "Fundación Vairoletto".
    u$s25.000 (the artis's prize)half of it will be kept by himself and he will donate the other half to charitable organizations.

    The Jury remarked that the project is a critique of institutions, a rejection of the sculptural gesture seemingly demanded by the FAC space, as well as the transformation of the prize into a political gesture on redistribution of funds. The proposal also appeared as a challenge to the privileged position of the arts in contemporary society and as an expansion of the artist's practice itself in a reflexive and celebratory way.

    SPECIAL MENTIONS: Santiago Sierra / Madrid, España (1966) & Sebastián Díaz Morales / Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina (1975)

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    This is an open call to artists across the world that offers US$25,000 in prize money and US$50,000 to finance the production of a site-specific project. The project will be exhibited at the Faena Arts Center in mid-2013. In addition, two special mentions will go to two other projects with a prize amount of US$500 each.

    The jury will select the prize winner, who will receive US$25,000 in prize money and a maximum of US$50,000 to finance the production of a site-specific project that will be exhibited at the Faena Arts Center in mid-2013. In addition, two special mentions will go to two other projects with a prize amount of US$500 each.

    The prize winner will be selected by an international jury of three experts: Carlos Basualdo, the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and an Adjunct Professor at the IUAV University in Venice, Italy; Caroline Bourgeois, curator of the François Pinault Foundation exhibit, and Inés Katzenstein, the Art Department Director at the Torcuato Di Tella University. The jury selection will be supervised by Ximena Caminos, Executive Director of the Faena Arts Center.

    The F Prize will be open to artists or artistic collectives who are invited to submit their projects for installations, sculptures, the graphic, technological or audio arts or combinations among these different expressions.

    “We have launched this prize in order to promote artistic experimentation, providing artists with an opportunity to create site-specific projects of an enormous size that will interact with the Faena Arts Center, a unique space within Buenos Aires because of its history and style,” explains Ximena Caminos, Executive Director of the Faena Arts Center and the Coordinator of the F Prize jury.