Our VIA 2020 Jury members are Sofia Fan, Cristina Herráiz Peleteiro, Mara Alves, Alexandre da Cunha, and Carmen Mariscal.
Sofia Fan is the current Manager of Visual Arts at Itaú Cultural in Brazil. Itaú Cultural has one of the largest and most impressive collections of Latin American art in the world. Fan is also part of the selection committee for Rumos, one of the largest and longest standing programmes in Brazil conducting cultural research and cataloguing manifestations in visual arts, film, dance, literature, theatre, and music. She also oversees the Visual Arts department in the organisation of exhibitions by artists such as Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica and Oscar Niemeyer. Other key exhibitions under her management include Calder and Brazilian art and Occupation Paulo Mendes da Rocha.
Cristina Herráiz Peleteiro is the founder and director of Intersticio, a project space centred around young contemporary artists. Intersticio aims to showcase a critical practice through its exhibitions, performances, readings, and artistic research. Prior to opening her project space, Herráiz co-founded the curatorial collective TWTMC, as well as the Madrid-based project La Colmena. She earned her MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths University, after being awarded the Fundación Botín Fellowship. She has worked for various galleries in Europe, including Simon Lee London, Emmanuel Hervé Gallerie Paris, and Marta Cervera Gallery in Madrid, among others. She is currently the Gallery Assistant and Assistant to Senior Director and Curator at Gagosian London.
Mara Alves is a Lisbon-born Artist, Contemporary Art Curator and Advisor with a Degree in Fine Arts and Curatorial Studies. After moving to London, Alves developed a one-year drawing programme for the Independent Art School in London, and worked as Chief Curator and Manager at start-up Gallery D Contemporary in Mayfair (2015) and as Guest Curator and Advisor for Caspia Contemporary Gallery (2018). More recently, she has been working with MeelPress to bring a group of Portuguese contemporary artists to Bermondsey Project Space, in addition to being temporarily appointed as Head Of Projects and Senior Curator at The Dragon Gallery, which she represented at START Art Fair 2019 at Saatchi Gallery. Currently, she is managing and mentoring individual artist’s careers and art projects, as well as taking part in the jury of several art competitions to support emerging artists. Alexandre da Cunha is a Brazilian-born artist who lives and works in São Paulo and London. Da Cunha makes freestanding, wall-mounted, and architectural sculptures using transformed everyday or found objects, which remain identifiable within the abstract assemblages. His practice is influenced by both systems of mass production and artisanal craftsmanship, such that the final objects appear to be a mix between popular consumer object and archaeological relic. Alexandre’s forthcoming commissions include Alexandre da Cunha: Figurehead II, The Box, Plymouth, England (2020); and a new permanent artwork at Battersea Power Station, commissioned by Tfl, Art on the Underground (2021). His work is included in major private and institutional collections including the Tate, England; ICA Boston, U.S; and Inhotim, Brazil.
Carmen Mariscal is a Mexican artist born in Palo Alto, California. She lived in Paris for twenty years and now lives and works in London. Carmen earned her MA from the Winchester School of Art, having also studied Painting at Central Saint Martin’s College and Art History at Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. Mariscal is currently a doctoral candidate at the Royal College of Art. Carmen has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in the USA, Mexico, France, Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Malaysia and other countries in public spaces and private art galleries. Memory, fragility and confinement are recurring themes in her work. These themes are expressed in installations, photography, video, sculpture and theatre set designs.
All members of our esteemed Jury are eagerly looking forward to seeing how participating artists draw inspiration from Ibero-American arts and cultures, and to judging from among the 30 shortlisted artworks to select this year’s winners.