The Prince Pierre of Monaco Foundation has unveiled the shortlisted works for the 46th edition of PIAC —the International Contemporary Art Prize, by artistic director Lorenzo Fusi.
The 2016 selection includes its first work entitled Subconscious Society, a Feature (2014) by Italian artist Rosa Barba, who lives and works in Berlin. Through this cinematic installation, she explores the materiality of temporality by blurring the boundaries of time and place. The work was nominated by Chiara Parisi, director of cultural programmes at the Monnaie de Paris. The second work is Campo del Cielo, Field of the Sky (2014) signed by Katie Paterson. For this project, both poetic and conceptual, the artist, with the help of scientists, transformed a 4.5 billion year-old iron meteorite found in Argentina in order to create a new version. The work was nominated by Marc-Olivier Wahler, Director of Chalet Society in Paris. The third work is an audio installation entitled Pssst Leopard, 2A7+ made of lego and headphones, assembled by Natascha Sadr Haghighian. It is a grotesque copy of the German battle tank Leopard 2A7+, designed in order to appease the uprisings and protests in urban areas. The work was nominated by Nina Tabassomi, curator at the Fridericianum in Kassel.
The PIAC is awarded every three years to an emerging artist, who is awarded €40,000 of which €20,000 is to fund a new production. For PIAC 2016, the finalists’ work will be exhibited in Brazil at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 2016.