IMAGE: Diana Policarpo – Death Grip, 2019
The jury also gave an honorable mention to Isabel Madureira Andrade.
Andrade, AnaMary Bilbao, Dealmeida Esilva, Mónica de Miranda, Henrique Pavão and Policarpo were the six finalists in this, the 13th awards. Their entries to the competition have been on display at the museum since 15 May.
The biennial prize aims to give prominence to rising artists in the visual arts, with this this year’s curators Inês Grosso, Sara Antónia Matos and João Silvério.
The international jury was composed of Andrea Lissoni, senior curator of London’s Tate Modern, António Mexia, president of the EDP Foundation, Artur Barrio, Portuguese-Brazilian artist and winner of the last the EDP Foundation award, Jochen Voltz, artistic director of the Pinacoteca de São Paulo, José Manuel dos Santos, cultural director of the EDP Foundation, Miguel Coutinho, cultural director of the EDP Foundation, and Natxo Checa, director of Lisbon’s Galeria Zé dos Bois.
The works now on display, which have never been shown before, are in various media, with themes that range from explorations of colours and materials to the denunciation of environmental impacts in Nepal.
This year some 500 applications were received. Of these, six finalists were selected to receive a scholarship in order to create new works to compete for the top prize.
The exhibition of these works created specially for the competition runs to 9 September.
Past winners of the award, which was established in 2000, include Joana Vasconcelos, Leonor Antunes, Vasco Araújo, Carlos Bunga, João Maria Gusmão and Pedro Paiva, João Leonardo, André Romão, Gabriel Abrantes, Priscila Fernandes, Ana Santos, Mariana Silva and Claire de Santa Coloma.