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The winner of 2017 edition of the NOVO BANCO Revelation award has been chosen.
The jury chose Tiago Madaleno’s project Clepsidra as the winning project of the 2017 edition of the NOVO BANCO Revelation award, who will receive a production grant to implement the selected project, which will be presented in a solo exhibition, that will be inaugurated in October in Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art.

Tiago Madaleno’s project Clepsidra - a narrative in the form of a performance -  proposes to explore the relationship between photography and temporality, by invoking the presence of the human body in the process of producing images. Using an installation fitted with several devices that exploit an adulterated use of photographic vocabulary, the project questions the  visibility conditions of photography, in particular the processes used to produce photographs and use of the index as a working tool.
The jury was comprised by the president, João Ribas, Deputy Director and Senior Curator of Serralves Museum, and Andrea Lissoni, curator of video and photography at Tate Modern in London; Alessio Antoniolli, Director of Gasworks & Triangle Network, London; Ricardo Nicolau, deputy to the director and curator of Serralves Museum, and Filipa Loureiro, curator of Serralves Museum. The jury unanimously decided to choose as finalists the projects by the artists Tiago Madaleno, Henrique Loja, Diogo Bolota and Ana Barata Martins.
A catalogue will be published presenting the works by these four finalists. In addition to images documenting their projects, the catalogue will also include interviews with the artists, conducted by Ricardo Nicolau, jury member and curator of Serralves Museum.

About the projects developed by the finalists
The four finalists of this year's Award use the photographic medium to question this medium, in terms of its meanings and possibilities in contemporary art.

Tiago Madaleno’s project Clepsidra - a narrative in the form of a performance -  proposes to explore the relationship between photography and temporality, by invoking the presence of the human body in the process of producing images. Using an installation fitted with several devices that exploit an adulterated use of photographic vocabulary, the project questions the  visibility conditions of photography, in particular the processes used to produce photographs and use of the index as a working tool.

Henrique Loja aims to present a set of photographic plates printed in a large format, under the title Aeroponic / Air Works, in which he will simulate a fiction, wherein photographic film is propagated as an air quality monitoring device. In this project, the artist meticulously works with image transfer processes between analogue and digital media.

Diogo Bolota - with his project Relance - refers to the confrontation between objects, questioning their habitual function and the strangeness resulting from their fusion with each other. Like a photographic image, which often conveys different realities, new meanings are created in this junction of objects, based on a familiar context, thereby altering their perception through the creation of a sense of amazement.

Ana Barata Martins works essentially with the essay film, photography, sculpture and text. In her project she intends to explore the different aesthetic aspects of the typologies of Portuguese contemporary vernacular architecture, trying to understand its elements, composition and influences.

NOVO BANCO Revelation is an initiative that distinguishes young Portuguese artists in the field of photography.

Launched in 2005, this initiative has distinguished and granted awards to 39 young artists.
By establishing a joint initiative with the Serralves Museum that promotes the emergence of new artists, NOVO BANCO has strengthened its strategy of cultural sponsorship of photography and has simultaneously intervened in the community through innovative forms of promotion of art, in particular in the context of young Portuguese contemporary artists.


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