About faena prize

The Faena Prize for the Arts recognizes artistic experimentation, encourages post-disciplinary and temporal exploration, and promotes inquiry of the infinite links among art, technology, and design. The 2016 edition called on artists or groups of artists from all over the world to develop proposals for original projects that engage with the concept of time and duration while also interacting with the monumental architecture of the Faena Art Center Buenos Aires in a significant way.

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.

Under the coordination of Ximena Caminos, the 2016 selection jury included: Carlos Basualdo, Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Achim Borchardt-Hume, Director of Exhibitions at Tate Modern; Caroline Bourgeois, Curator of the Pinault Collection; Curator Jesús Fuenmayor; and Victoria Noorthoorn, Director of Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires. British artist Roger Hiorns (b.1975, United Kingdom) is the winner of the 2016 Faena Prize for the Arts. This is the first prize awarded since Faena Art has expanded to Miami, furthering its mission of being a transformative bridge across the Americas and encouraging a dialogue beyond geopolitical divisions.

Open Call

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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 Faena Art Center Buenos Aires.

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.

The open call is currently closed.

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