Région Sud Prize
Since its beginnings, the fair has been committed to participating in the professionalization of young artists and allows them to encounter different actors of the art world – curators, gallery owners, critics, collectors…
Each year with the Région Sud Prize, Art-o-rama offers visibility to the young creation from Art Schools of the Région Sud, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. The Show-room section highlights the work of 4 artists selected by a curator. The curator accompanies them in their exhibition project, produces a critical text and introduces the artists to the gallery owners and publishers participating in the fair, who will then be invited to vote for the winner of the Région Sud Prize of the year.
The following year, this artist will benefit from an exhibition space in the main section of Art-o-rama, a production grant of 2000 €, the publication of a catalog as well as two months of production within the Moly-Sabata / Albert Gleizes Foundation artists’ residency.
The Région Sud Prize often stands as a first experience for artists in a commercial environment of international scope and allows the galleries participating in Art-o-rama to discover artists who were formed in our region.
The FCAC (Fonds Communal d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Marseille) is also committed to acquire each year at least one work by an artist from the Show-room.
Tiago de Abreu Pinto – 2021 curator
Curator and writer Tiago de Abreu Pinto’s recent projects are focused on art-writing by means of storytelling through the medium of the novel.
Tiago de Abreu Pinto (Brazil, 1984) is an independent curator (Ph.D Art History, Complutense University of Madrid). Recent exhibitions curated by de Abreu Pinto include Amanhã à primeira luz, Casa Triângulo (São Paulo, Brasil, 2019); Below Blue Horizon, Rodriguez Gallery (Poznan, Poland, 2019); Armando Andrade Tudela, Nicolás Lamas and Sergio Verastegui, Salón (Madrid, Spain, 2017); Notes for a Shell. Art-O-Rama (Marseille, France, 2017); Proteo. Tasman Projects, collection of Fernando Panizo & Dorothy Neary (Madrid, Spain, 2017);
A spear, a spike, a point, a nail, a drip, a drop, the end of the tale. Ellen de Brujine Projects (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2015); Meditaremos em silêncio a diferença entre nós. NoguerasBlanchard (Madrid, Spain, 2015); Retroalimentación, Sala de Arte Joven (Madrid, Spain, 2014); Marcelo de Andrade, Kunsthalle São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil, 2014); The Sound of your Voice, Marrakesh Biennial (Marrakesh, Morocco, 2014); Parallax, The Goma Gallery (Madrid, Spain, 2013); This dialogue is fine but a decision is always an alone act, NoEstudio (Madrid, Spain, 2012). He is the author of various short novels and fiction pieces such as Terral: Ivan Grilo. São Paulo: Familia, 2019; Below Blue Horizon: Sreshta Rit Premnath. Poznan: Rodriguez, 2019;El enemigo de adentro/El enemigo de afuera: María Sosa. Ciudad de México: Parque, 2019 (co-author Dorothée Dupuis); Proteus. Madrid: Tasman Projects, 2018; Biblioteca Sin Títulos (Library without Titles). Madrid: Reina Sofia Museum Library, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica and La Casa Encendida, 2017; Notes for a Shell. Marseille: More Projects, 2017; This is Art Now vol.1. Madrid: Cristina Garrido, 2013. de Abreu Pinto is the curator of Opening at ARCOmadrid2020 and N.A.S at ArtRotterdam2020.
mountaincutters – 2021 guest artist
Mountaincutters is the laureate of the 2019 Région Sud prize. It is a hybrid entity, that graduated from the École Supérieure d’Art et de Design de Marseille Méditerranée and is based in Brussels. Since 2013, it has been acting as a full-fledged artistic organism-environment, developing mainly site-specific projects through various contamination processes. Its work often takes the form of ephemeral modules, active the time of the exhibition whose components are made from unprocessed raw materials such as iron, steel, clay, copper, lead, paper or glass. Some will then be reworked and will reappear during the development of future installations.