BES Photo 2011

BES Photo 2011
Temporary exhibition
Author(s): 
Mário Macilau
Mauro Restiffe
Manuela Marques
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Carlos Lobo
14/03/2011
- 13/06/2011
Floor: 
2
BES Photo 2011
Temporary exhibition
Author(s): 
Mário Macilau
Mauro Restiffe
Manuela Marques
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Carlos Lobo
14/03/2011
- 13/06/2011
Floor: 
2
Body: 

Organised in partnership with the Museu Coleção Berardo, BES Photo is an annual initiative that aims to reward the work of artists in the field of Photography. Ever since its very first edition, in 2004, BES Photo has gradually established itself as one of Portugal’s most prestigious contemporary art awards. The reputation of this event has been enhanced by the great talent revealed by the works exhibited and the merit of the award-winning artists in previous editions– Helena Almeida, José Luís Neto, Daniel Blaufuks, Miguel Soares, Edgar Martins e Filipa César.

For this seventh edition, the award has been internationalised and extended for the first time to include artists from Brazil and Portuguese-speaking African countries: Kiluanji Kia Henda (Angola), Carlos Lobo (Portugal), Mário Macilau (Mozambique), Manuela Marques (Portugal) and Mauro Restiffe (Brazil). Manuela Marques was the unanimous choice of the prize jury invited for this edition: Jean-Hubert Martin, Awam Amkpa and Agustín Peréz Rubio.

The works that have been chosen for this year’s event were also shown at the Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, Brazil. The exhibition opened on August 20 at Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, and it was on display until October 23 2010.

Secondary text: 

'Eduardo Lourenço sees the Portuguese-speaking world as a mirage, although he nonetheless considers this to be a rather pleasant one: “The Portuguese-speaking world is today our ‘Pink Map’ in which all those empires can be included, invisible and even ridiculous in the eyes of those who see us from the outside, but shining for us like a flame in the antechamber of our soul, because we have always been a people filled with dreams that are greater than ourselves” (A Nau de Ícaro, 1999).
Today, this dream can also be a photographic dream. At first sight, there is nothing in common between these five artists, who live in five different countries. But these artists do, however, interact through five projects presented in Lisbon and São Paulo, united by the power of dreams that are “greater than ourselves”.'
José Berardo