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from 30 NOV 2018 to 29 JAN 2019
The finalists and grand winner of the 2018 edition of the NOVO BANCO Revelation Prize have been revealed. This year's Jury - comprised by Anna Gritz, curator at the KW (Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin), Filipa Loureiro and Ricardo Nicolau, curator and deputy to the director of Serralves Museum, and Rita Vitorelli, editor-in-chief of Spyke Art magazine - unanimously chose as finalists of the 2018 NOVO BANCO Revelation Prize - the artists Carlos Arteiro, Ana Linhares, the collective Sem título 2018 and Maria Trabulo, who was declared the grand winner.

A group exhibition will be inaugurated at Serralves Museum, to present the works by the four artists, for which they will receive a production grant to implement the projects they presented to the competition. A monographic publication of the work of the grand winner, Maria Trabulo, will be published on this occasion.

The NOVO BANCO Revelation Prize is an initiative of NOVO BANCO, in partnership with the Serralves Foundation. To date it has already distinguished 41 artists and aims to encourage artistic production and creation by young Portuguese artists, aged up to 30, based on a logic of dissemination, launch and support for all artists who use the medium of photography.

Imagem: "Da série Homens Petrificados" (Petrified Men), 2017 Digitalização de fragmento restante de estátua derrubada ou destruída por motivos políticos depósitos de museus em Portugal, Áustria, Bulgária, Alemanha. © Maria Trabulo
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According to the jury, all the artists expressed an approach to photography that broadens the scope and possibilities of this medium in the field of contemporary art - for example in projects related to the memory of Portuguese colonial heritage (Ana Linhares), or that jumble up concepts of authorship and identity (collective Untitled 2018), or use photography to explore the impersonal, mechanical character of photographic work in other media, in particular in painting and video (Carlos Arteiro).

The jury said that the Prize was granted to Maria Trabulo due to the introspective and idiosyncratic character of her research, as demonstrated in the project that she presented to the NOVO BANCO Revelation Prize in which she questioned the relationship between photography and the limits of human memory – reminding us that photography plays a fundamental role in the constitution of archives, preservation practices and as an archaeological tool.

Maria Trabulo lives and works between Porto and Vienna.
She is involved in solo and group projects and has participated in several artistic exhibitions in Portugal and abroad. She has received awards from leading international institutions and developed several collaborations with professionals working in the fields of the arts, architecture and the performing arts.
She completed her master's degree in Art & Science from the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna and has a B.A. Hons. degree in Fine Arts, from the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto and the Academy of Fine Arts in Iceland.

  • LocationSerralves Museum
  • Days 30 NOV 2018 - 29 JAN 2019

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