Esmelyn Miranda Orozco is the winner of the Premio Eugenio Mendoza #14January 27, 2017
Esmelyn Miranda Orozco is the winner of the 14th edition of the Premio Eugenio Mendoza from Sala Mendoza, for the work Julio/agosto, 2016.
The jury of the 14th Premio Eugenio Mendoza [Eugenio Mendoza Prize], whose members were Latin American art curator Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, researcher Eliseo Sierra, and artist Luis Lizardo, chose to award the prize to this proposal because, “It manages to materialize a present without over-determination. From nothing, it encompasses everything. The simplicity of the work captures and expresses the complexity of our moment. Through an economy of means, we have a powerful result. This economy is also related to a precariousness of resources currently existing in the country." In addition, the jury emphasized that the work "reveals an artistic process that unfolds in public space, through coexistence and social exchange."
Esmelyn Miranda Orozco will attend a three-month residency at the Lugar y Dudas Center in Cali, Colombia, where he will develop his plastic concerns with the goal of generating a body of work for the individual exhibition that is part of this award. This exhibition will be held in the spaces of the Sala Mendoza in 2018.
The jury also awarded two honorable mentions: one for a piece titled Ficción postal [Postal Fiction] by the artist Daniel Medina, and another for El libro dorado [The Golden Book] by Dianora Pérez. Medina’s work presents a selection of "... postcards of iconic buildings in Venezuela, with material that she uses repeatedly and which taken together invite us to reconsider imagined projects, those developed, unfinished or forgotten." On the other hand, the work of Pérez "presents the third volume of a series of books that methodically articulate an investigation into the history of violence in this country, in order to give visibility to the imperceptible through the visual arts."