Now in its 10th edition, the BES Photo Prize 2014 is currently on exhibition at the Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon. This special show features the works of three finalists in a competition open to photographers in Portuguese-speaking countries. In 2014, works by Délio Jasse (Angola), José Pedro Cortes (Portugal) and Letícia Ramos (Brazil) are honored. The exhibition continues until 7 September, before travelling to São Paulo.
The jury selected José Pedro Cortes for “standing out with a body of photographic work that interlinks the notion of contemporary urban life with a very personal narrative of intimacy and anonymity in the demarcation of the boundaries between public and private spaces, centered on the relationship between places and the people that inhabit them.”
In the view of the jury, the work of Letícia Ramos “demonstrates a degree of maturity in her artistic practice that is revealed by her recent exhibitions at Pivô in São Paulo and at the Museu do Trabalho de Porto Alegre. In both cases, the artist constructed devices that show a process of creating images that are simultaneously simple and sophisticated, suggesting at the same time a reflection on the evolution of the photographic medium.”
The jury gave Délio Jasse the nod on the basis of “three different works that are interconnected and that explore the ways in which the past continues to impact on the present. The traces of the past appear in different forms: in colonial history, as in the Além Mar series (2013); through the transformation of cityscapes, as in Arquivo Urbano (2013); or simply in pictures of people encountered all over the world at flea markets, as in Contacto (2012). Using randomly found images and archive pictures, Délio Jasse makes time converge in a way that confronts us with our own ephemerality.”
Jury members were: Jacopo Crivelli Visconti (Brazil), a critic and independent curator; João Fernandes (Portugal), the deputy director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid; and Bisi Silva (Nigeria), the founder and director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Lagos.
For more information on this exhibition, visit the Berardo Collection Museum website.
Museu Colecção Berardo
Praça do Império
Phone: +351 213 612 878
Tuesday to Sunday – 10:00 to 19:00
Entrance is free