BES Photo 2012 is now on display at the Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon. This is the eighth edition of the photography exhibition and competition, featuring extraordinary works by photographers of Portuguese nationality, Brazilian and African countries of Portuguese official language. Works of the four finalists–Duarte Amaral Netto, Mauro Pinto, Rosangela Rennó and Coletivo CIA de Foto—will be in exhibition at the Berardo until 27 May 2012.

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These four finalists were chosen by a selection panel of esteemed art professionals: Diogenes Moura, curator of photography at the Pinacoteca do Estado de Sao Paulo (Brazil); Delfim Sardo, curator, art critic and teacher (Portugal); and Bisi Silva, curator and founder /director of the Center for Contemporary Art in Lagos, CCA Lagos (Nigeria). The ultimate winner of the competition will be announced in the next month.

The competition and exhibition is a partnership of Banco Espirito Santo, Berardo Museum and the Pinacoteca do Estado of São Paulo.

In the opinion of the Jury, the appointment of Duarte Amaral Netto (Portugal) is ”the result of work that has been developing over a decade, and specifically by the conceptual quality of the exhibition ‘The Polish Club Case,’ presented in Lisbon.”

Papin Runaway Car, Duarte Amaral Netto BES Photo 2012 Berardo

Papin Runaway Car, Duarte Amaral Netto

The choice of artist Mauro Pinto (Mozambique) relates to “a consistent mapping and representation of Mozambique. We highlight the work presented in the exhibition ‘Maputo – Luanda – Lubumbashi’ in Lisbon.”

Lubumbashi 26b, Mauro Pinto BES Photo 2012

Lubumbashi 26b, Mauro Pinto

As for the selection of Coletiva CIA de Foto (Brazil), the panel emphasizes “the quality of the series ‘Carnival’ (‘presented under the’ New York Photo Fest’), a work process that reveals safety and security, especially poetry. It is the preparation of a second layer to the memory of each of the images or series as a whole.”

Carnival Series #1, Coletiva CIA de Foto BES Photo 2012 Berardo

Carnival Series #1, Coletiva CIA de Foto

In the jury’s opinion, the selection of Rosangela Renno (Brazil) relates to the “complexity of how it has developed a mature reflection on the nature of photography, combined with the role of memory. This appointment comes in the exhibitions at the Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo, and in La Factory Gallery in Madrid.”

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Detail from Expostiion at Galeria Vermelho, Rosangela Rennó

For more information, visit the Berardo Collection Museum website. To see more images from the artists, visit the BES 2012 Photo Gallery on the Portugal Confidential Facebook page.

Museu Colecção Berardo
Praça do Império
1449-003 Lisbon

Phone: +351 213 612 878

Exhibition Hours:
Sunday to Friday: 10:00 to 19:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 22:00

Entrance is free

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