The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco announces the winner of the 46th edition of the PIAC 2016

Friday, November 6, 2015
The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco announces the winner of the 46th edition of the PIAC 2016

Berlin-based, Italian artist Rosa Barba has been awarded the prize for her work that engages with questions of time like inscriptions in landscapes and language, cutting across history and subject matter. Barba is particularly interested in abstracting the cinematographic medium, pushing it to its limits and possibilities by creating 3D installations involving sculptures and publications.

The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco announces the winner of the 46th edition of the PIAC 2016

The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco announces the winner of the 46th edition of the PIAC - Prix International d’Art Contemporain 2016 (International Prize for Contemporary Art)

Berlin-based, Italian artist Rosa Barba has been awarded the prize for her work that engages with questions of time like inscriptions in landscapes and language, cutting across history and subject matter. Barba is particularly interested in abstracting the cinematographic medium, pushing it to its limits and possibilities by creating 3D installations involving sculptures and publications. Subconscious Society focuses once again on her interest in time’s materiality. The work was partly filmed in Manchester’s Albert Hall and around a flotsam off the North Kent coast. Both abandoned spaces are re-inhabited in Barba’s Subconscious Society blurring the boundaries of time and place. Evolving versions of the film have been screened in New York, Manchester, and Margate, as well as at the 2014 Berlin Biennale. 

PIAC Artistic Director, Lorenzo Fusi, said: “I look forward to collaborating with Rosa Barba over the next year and working together towards the creation of a new exceptional artwork. I am delighted with the choice of our Jury who selected Barba over a very strong shortlist of artists. I'm grateful to everyone involved in the process and excited to move onto production mode.” 

So Chiara Parisi, Director of Cultural Programmes at Monnaie de Paris explains the motivation for the nomination of Barba’s work: “Having worked with Rosa on different occasions and in very different settings, I know how strong her interventions are on the surrounding environment – which she does with grace and poetry – both in wild and urban areas. Rosa Barba takes possession of these places and transforms them. She creates engulfing works of art that do not overwhelm the viewer but that appeals to all their senses.” 

Lorenzo Fusi, Zian Chen, HRH Princess of Hannover, Rosa Barba, Image credit: Agence de Presse de Monaco, Charly Gallo photographer

The PIAC – Prix International d’Art Contemporain (International Contemporary Art Prize) is awarded every three years for a recent work by an artist at the forefront of their practice, rewarding the finalist with a sum of €40,000, including €20,000 to fund the production of a new work. The winner has been announced during an intimate evening reception on Thursday, 5 November 2015 in Monaco. For the 2016 prize, a commission by winning artist Rosa Barba will be premiered in Brazil, alongside her winning artwork, during the 2016 São Paulo Biennial. 

Established in 1965, PIAC has been organised by The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco since 1983. In recent years, the Prize has been awarded to artists of international repute, each nominated by a leading art world professional. Past finalists have included: Carlos Garaicoa, Saâdane Afif, Candice Breitz, Didier Marcel, Su-Mei Tse and Guido van der Werve. The most recent winner of the award, Dora García, presented a commission entitled The Joycean Society, which premiered in 2013 during the 55th Venice Biennale as part of the official programme. Building on the success of the previous prize, The Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco has launched a Nomadic Pavilion for 2016 which will include the presentation of the newly commissioned work by the winning artist to coincide with a key event in the international art world calendar. For the first Nomadic Pavilion, the São Paulo Biennial has been chosen as the location to present work by Rosa Barba, the 2016 winner of the prize. The selected artist will also be invited to share their knowledge with the local community through the Monaco Workshop, a new project designed to encourage regional engagement and help foster a new generation of artists, students and practitioners. 

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