2017

Artist

ANA
JOTTA

Ana Jotta´s oeuvre has been built in a sequence of breakthroughs that embody some sort of erasure of her own previous footsteps, of the modernist ideology and postmodern mythologies, and of the notion of authorship - either by deconstructing or rebuilding it. Jotta experiments in a broad range of media (painting, sculpture) as well as in techniques traditionally associated with the minor arts (embroidery, pottery, etc.). Jotta frequently approaches her work through appropriation. She has gathered together a paraphernalia of objects and printed matter over the years which have played an important part in her creative process. Radically polymorphic, both modest and prolific, her work shows a great sense of intelligence, sensitivity and wit, as it eludes any possible classification.

After studying at Lisbon´s Fine Arts School and Brussels École d'Arts Visuels de l'Abbeye de la Cambre, she made a career as an actress (1969-80) and as set designer for theater and cinema. From the 1980's onwards, she focused her activity on the visual arts. In 2014, Culturgest Lisbon presented an exhibition of Jotta´s work, The Conclusion of the Precedent, which focused on the work she had produced since her retrospective Rua Ana Jotta held at the Serralves Museum, in Porto, in 2005. In 2013, she received the distinguished art award Grande Prémio Fundação EDP / Arte for life time achievements.

Judge

PENELOPE
CURTIS

Penelope Curtis studied History at Oxford, before going to the Courtauld to study Modern Art, and then undertook research in Paris for her PhD on Monumental Sculpture in France c.1870-1930. Her first job was in the new Tate Gallery Liverpool when it opened in 1988. From 1994-2010 she was based in Leeds where she was responsible for developing the Henry Moore Institute. From 2010 to 2015 she was director of Tate Britain in London. Since autumn 2015 she is director of Lisbon's Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.