The 13 Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Prize will be awarded to Ana Jotta next Saturday, the 21, at a solemn session in the noble hall of the Paços do Concelho, at 16h00. At the end of the ceremony, the artist will be given a guided tour of the "Comer e Existir" exhibition in the Chapter Room of the Dominican Convent of São Gonçalo de Amarante, the building that hosts the Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Municipal Museum (ASCMM). This exhibition features a set of painted projection screens on which ants devour desserts while contemplating a landscape by Amadeo. Involving some of the room's architectural details, the traditional Amarante delicacy, linked to the phallic and fertility rituals of São Gonçalo, will be related to the artist's work and a work by Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, "Paisagem com casario" (1912).
Conceived and realised for Amarante, Ana Jotta´s exhibition is, according to curators Lígia Afonso and Samuel Silva, “a radical elegy of attention to the essentiality of life: sleeping and working, eating and existing” and can be visited until 3 March 2024.
Ana Jotta (1946) succeeds Eduardo Batarda, winner of the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Grand Prize in 2019. This is an acquisition prize, worth 30.000€, which includes a work of art by the artist in the ASCMM collection.
The jury, chaired by Raquel Henriques da Silva (Art Historian and Jubilate Full Professor), Lígia Afonso (Researcher at the Instituto de História da Arte, PhD in Art History), Samuel Silva (Plastic Artist and Professor), and Rosário Correia Machado (Director of the Culture Department of the Amarante City Council) stated in the minutes: “The Jury unanimously decided to nominate Ana Jotta (1946) as the winner of the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Grand Prize for the radically inventive and profoundly unique character of her work as a whole in the context of contemporary artistic production. Autonomous, libertarian, incoherent, averse, unexpected, personal, in permanent rupture with commonplaces and with herself, Ana´s work is always as young as the young artists whose work it inspires”.
Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Prize
Grupo dos Amigos da Biblioteca-Museu Acquisition Prize
In addition to the Grand Prize, the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Prize and the Grupo dos Amigos Biblioteca-Museu Acquisition Prize will also be awarded by Amarante City Council on Saturday. Catarina Real; Daniel Moreira and Rita Castro Neves; Daniel V. Melim; Francisco Venâncio; João Marçal; Luís Silveirinha; Mariana Caló and Francisco Queimadela; Maria Trabulo; Mónica Baptista; Nuno Henrique; Paulo Brighenti; Rita Ferreira; Rita Senra; Tiago Madaleno and Virgínia Mota are the artists selected in the open cal, which took place in April and May, and who will be exhibiting until 4 March 2024 at the ASCMM. An exhibition curated by Lígia Afonso and Samuel Silva.
The artist awarded the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Prize will receive 12,500€ and will be invited to hold a temporary solo exhibition, with their own catalogue, at the ASCMM. The winner of the Grupo dos Amigos da Biblioteca-Museu Prize will receive 7,500€ and will be able to carry out an Artist Residency in Amarante, in accordance with the Casa da Torre (Amarante Artist Residency) regulations.
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