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The Prize
MMAT Acquisition Prize is conceived as an itinerant award aimed at supporting emerging art in all its forms. The main purpose of the Prize is to allow young artists and their projects to grow with a view to discovering, valorizing and highlighting the best of the new trends of international contemporary art. 

MMAT Acquisition Prize doesn’t have a fixed focus in terms of medium, nor it has a predetermined Selection Committee, as its purpose is to be nomadic and adaptable to different contexts and countries.
The Prize will be paired with different art events, festivals, fairs or exhibitions with an innovative, experimental and international approach.

The Selection Committee is headed by Mauro Mattei, joined by other members (curators, art critics, directors of museums, collectors etc.) connected to the Prize’s context. The awarded artist’s artwork becomes part of the Mauro Mattei Art Trust: the goal is to valorise and support those artists that are part of it. The collection today features more than forty international artists born between the 80’s and the 90’s.
Past Prize
First edition
Lisbon - May 14/19 2019

The first edition of MMAT Acquisition Prize has been conceived for FEAFestival dos Espaços dos Artistas de Lisboa, in order to be the first acquisition project of the MMAT Collection, which is institutionally aimed to promote and support emergent art in all its forms.

Discover
First edition
Lisbon - May 14/19 2019

The first edition of MMAT Acquisition Prize has been conceived for FEAFestival dos Espaços dos Artistas de Lisboa, in order to be the first acquisition project of the MMAT Collection, which is institutionally aimed to promote and support emergent art in all its forms.

Discover
First edition
Lisbon - May 14/19 2019
The first edition of MMAT Acquisition Prize has been conceived for FEAFestival dos Espaços dos Artistas de Lisboa, in order to be the first acquisition project of the MMAT Collection, which is institutionally aimed to promote and support emergent art in all its forms.
The Prize

Festival dos Espaços dos Artistas de Lisboa (Festival of Lisbon Artists Spaces), is a festival dedicated to artists’ spaces, independent entities, artist studios and artist-run-spaces, spread out throughout the entire urban area of Lisbon, which open simultaneously and include original collaborative exhibition projects, events and performances.

The Prize

The main goal of MMAT Acquisition Prize for FEA Lisboa is to be consistent with the philosophy and ethics of the Festival: FEA Lisboa, the second edition of which will be taking place from the 14th to 18th of May 2019, is a project created to promote the artistic autonomy and renewal of the art system in a collaborative and mutualistic perspective.
FEA is willing to enhance the Lisbon-based artistic and cultural scene rethinking the artistic phenomenon recognizing its complexity and variability by bringing out the most innovative and spontaneous forms of cultural offer.

As FEA is aimed at stimulating a new kind of dialogue between artists and the city, the Prize (the acquisition of one work from the awarded project), will be selected among those which more distinctively will succeed in:
- Reaching a collaborative conception and creation of the exhibition and the artworks;
- Involving Lisbon urban territory, landscape and cultural heritage in the project;
- Stimulating and enhancing the entire Portuguese art scene at an international level.

MMAT ACQUISITION PRIZE: AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT

MMAT announces the awarded project of its first Acquisition Prize: “The Pathfinders” by ABCC (Alexandre Camarao and Bernardo Simões Correia).

The Pathfinders, a collaborative collective project conceived, curated and hosted by ABCC(Alexandre Camarao and Bernando Simões Correia), is the winner of the first MMAT Acquisition Prize.
The Selection Committee composed by Mauro Mattei, founder of MMAT and by Andrea Baccinand Ilaria Marotta, founders of CURA. have unanimously selected the project from the 28 artists studios and artist run spaces involved in the FEA Festival which counted 144 artists participating.

The awarded project

The Pathfinders is a 6 channel video installation, sound installation with 29 original presets created with an analog synthesizer accompanied by a limited edition book.
In the invitation email that was sent to a group of 45 artists, ABBC asked for “three images that have been created through digital means (computer, cell phone, tablet)” following a set of 8 instructions.
The mentioned “instructions,” although apparently innocent, reflect the generalised perception of what constitutes a “digital image,” i.e., a computer-produced, screen-presented image. However, that was not always the case.
The Pathfinders, in the sense of “those who open up new tracks” has been created with the purpose to emphasize the complex nature of digital images. Digital images have an open definition, and the gadget and intelligence ecology that upholds its everlasting technical improvement, with its infinite virtualities, is vast. The Pathfinders explores such multiplicity without pretending to push for a supposed digital art. In fact, that’s a very foreign notion to this project.

These 45 pathfinders are not following a single track, but a variety of them, always in close connections to their respective, individual work processes. A digital image can either work out as an auxiliary for any given process, or can embrace a poetic, expressive value of its own. The “screens” on which the images are presented, has become the long-lasting interface of digital experience, which, phenomenologically speaking, is the surface that is the guarantor of the life, the movement, and the performance of digital images. Their squareness (a distant cousin from the classical canvas) organises our perceptions and even our emotions.

The choice of the Selection Committee

As FEA Lisboa is aimed at stimulating a new kind of dialogue between artists and the city, and has been created to promote the artistic autonomy and renewal of the art system in a collaborative and mutualistic perspective, the Prize has been awarded to The Pathfinders for its consistency with the Festival’s philosophy and ethics as the project distinctively succeeded in:
- Reaching a collaborative conception and creation of the exhibition and the artworks, involving 45 artists and their very diverse practices.
- Involving the local and the International Portuguese art scene to be part of the urban territory as the project has been presented where the ABCC studio is located. 
- Stimulating and enhancing the analysis, and the dialogue on a topic (the digital image) which is a matter of art investigation on a global scale.

Special Mention

A special mention from the Selection Committee goes to Aires De Gameiro (Lisbon, 1989. Works and lives in Lisbon) among the participants to The Pathfinders project and also part for the FEA Program with a group exhibition named “There’s a horse in the backyard”.
The project has been held at Aires de Gameiro and Cintia Coutinho Atelier and included works by Aires De Gameiro, Cintia Coutinho, Ines Brites and Primeira Desordem.

Aires works have been already been an outstanding presence at the first edition of FEA in 2018 at Las Palmas, an artist run space in Lisbon, and the Selection Committee has decided to award him with a Special Mention as an artist who is deeply involved in the Lisbon art scene, as a contributor to collective and cooperative projects, having an active role for Lisbon urban territory as one of the most innovative and talented emerging artist participating to the Festival.

The Pathfinders presentation in Milan

The Pathfinders will be presented in Milan at MMAT premises on the 19th of June with a special evening dedicated to ABCC’s project.
The details of the presentation will be announced soon.

ABOUT CURA

CURA. is a curatorial/editorial platform, founded by Ilaria Marotta and Andrea Baccin in 2009, and consists of a magazine, a publishing house, and an exhibition program that works internationally in collaboration with museums, foundations, galleries, institutions and independents. Curatorial research and critical activity developed by CURA. is focused on both the investigation of new contemporary languages and on the development and implementation of new exhibition formats.