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Cinthia Marcelle (Brazil) is the Main Prize Winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2010

10 December 2010

Born in Brazil in 1974, Cinthia Marcelle, a graduated in fine arts from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, is the Main Prize winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2010.

Recurring to video and photography, Cinthia Marcelle documents the effects that her interventions have on the usual order of things. Her actions, often conceived as useless or absurd repetitions, create situations that challenge our notions of conventional behaviour by introducing often humorous coincidences and connections.

Daniel Birnbaum, the Chairman of the Jury stated: “With a keen sense of scale and sculpture impact Cinthia Marcelle beautifully composed films captures the viewer immediately. Her visually powerful works in the exhibition impressed the jury through their visual economy and rigorous form. We congratulate her to her successful synthesis of choreography landscape and performance”.

The winner of the Main Prize ($60,000 in cash and $40,000 to be invested in the production of new work), Cinthia Marcelle intends to keep researching, experimenting and developing new projects.

Cinthia currently lives and works in Belo Horizonte. Her work has been commissioned for significant group exhibitions including the Biennal de la Habana, Cuba (2006), Biennale de Lyon (2007), Panorama da Arte Brasileira in São Paulo (2007) and Madrid (2008). She was awarded the International Prize for Performance in Trento, Italy (2006), and the annual TrAIN artist in residency award at Gasworks, London (2009).

Mircea Nicolae, born in Romania in 1980, received the Special Prize valued in $20,000 from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, which will be used to fund Nicolae's stay at the artist-in-residency program, supporting the further development of the artist.

Robert Storr stated: “With disarming even deceptive simplicity Mircea Nicolae tells a complex multi-leveled tale of the coming together and coming apart of his family against the background of the coming together and coming apart of socialism in Romania after the second world war. Using documentary film footage, snapshots, architectural photos, his mother’s shoes and pictures and models of vernacular kiosks of modernist design, he gives us moving as well as critical images and symbols of the interweaving or private life and history, the personal and political”.

Mircea Nicolae studied at the University of Bucharest, where he earned a degree in European Cultural Studies from the Department of Literature, with a final thesis on the House of the People. Afterwards, he enrolled into an MA on the Anthropology of Space within the Ion Mincu Institute for Architecture, Bucharest. Nicolae currently lives and works in Bucharest.

The group show of the 21 nominees for the Future Generation Art Prize 2010 is open till January 9, 2011 in the PinchukArtCentre (Kyiv, Ukraine). The shortlist includes: Ziad Antar, Lebanon; Fikret Atay, Turkey; Fei Cao, China; Keren Cytter, Israel; Nathalie Djurberg, Sweden; Simon Fujiwara, United Kingdom; Nicholas Hlobo, South Africa; Clemens Hollerer, Austria; Runo Lagomarsino, Sweden; Cinthia Marcelle, Brazil; Gareth Moore, born in Canada; Mircea Nicolae, Romania; Ruben Ochoa, United States; Wilfredo Prieto Garcia, Cuba; Katerina Seda, Czech Republic; Guido van der Werve, Netherlands; Nico Vascellari, Italy, Jorinde Voigt, Germany; Artem Volokytin, Ukraine; Emily Wardill, United Kingdom; Hector Zamora, Mexico.