From 2011 the BESphoto, hitherto confined to artists residing in Portugal, expanded its participation to Brazilian photographers and to the African countries whose official language is Portuguese. In 2013 the prize reaches its 9th edition with emphasis on Brazil.
The jury chose four finalists: Albano Pereira da Silva (Coimbra, Portugal), Philip Branquinho (Maputo, Mozambique), Pedro Motta (Belo Horizonte) and Sofia Borges (São Paulo). To decide the winner, the BESPhoto formed another jury that unanimously decided to award the 2013 prize to the photographer Pedro Motta.
For the first jury, responsible for selecting the four finalists, the work of Pedro Motta that led to the nomination was the exhibition “Campo Fértil” held at Galeria Luisa Strina (2012). Albano Silva Pereira was chosen by the exhibition “Passion” at Galeria Graça Brandão, Lisbon (2011), while Filipe Branquinho shows the “Ocupações temporárias 20:11″, in Maputo (2011). Meanwhile, Sofia Borges (Brazil) was noted for his participation in the 30th edition of the Bienal de São Paulo (2012).
After this stage, the four artists received 7.500 euros each and produced new works to compete for the prize, decided by the second jury and announced on the 7th of May, at the Museu Coleção Berardo. Pedro Motta was the winner, with the work “Nature of Things” (2013) and received 40.000 euros.
The artist, who lives and works in Belo Horizonte, reflects on the contrasts of the Brazilian landscape, with its exuberant nature and the poles of urbanization. Some images have been digitally manipulated with the artist’s drawings, a testimony of how the landscape changes and moves. According to Motta “The manipulation is important to create relationships of “estrangement” between people and spaces … now is more suggestive or more aggressive. The doubt it causes is an element that runs through my work, whether or not real, whether true or not, “states the photographer.
Ends 11 August 2013
Instituto Tomie Ohtake, Sao Paulo. Brazil