The Novo Banco Photo prize has become one of the key moments of the year in Portugal for the consecration of an artistic practice. Participation by the Portuguese-speaking African countries in this area is an ongoing activity, that enables the exchange of knowledge and experiences for the artists and audiences involved.
The 2016 edition had a prestigious selection jury, composed of experts from each country represented: David Santos, curator and deputy director of the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage (DGPC), Lisbon; Paula Nascimento, curator, architect and director of Beyond Entropy Africa, Luanda, and Pompílio Hilário Gemuce, artist and professor at the School of Visual Arts in Maputo.
The artists selected for this exhibition are: Félix Mula, Mozambique; Mónica de Miranda, Angola and Portugal and Pauliana Valente Pimentel, Portugal. Selection of each artist represents, in its own right, recognition of a prestigious career confirmed by various successes. Each of the three artists has a different positioning in relation to photography, however the thematic aspects of the works specifically produced for this award intersect with different meanings.
An international jury nominated Félix Mula the winner of this year’s NOVO BANCO Photo edition.
Mónica de Miranda:
Pauliana Valente Pimentel: