Madragoa opened its doors earlier this year in a tiny gallery on the historical and homonymous neighbourhood but it's presence at Artissima is hard to miss. The gallery's booth is the first one at the New Entires section, showcasing works by Renato Leotta, Luís Lázaro de Matos, Joanna Piotrowska and Adrian Balseca. The small booth, almost the same size as their Lisbon location, was big enough to grant Madragoa's a nomination for the best booth in their section and also The Reda Prize for Joanna's work.
The award, inaugurated in 2015 in collaboration with Camera – Centro Italiano per la Fotografia, seeks to support the new generation of artists working with photography. This initiative is a response to the heterogeneous use of photography in contemporary art, and stems from a desire to identify new artistic vocabularies that go beyond the traditional definition of the photographic medium – in line with the specific and experimental identity of the fair.
Aimed at exhibiting photographers under 35, the award allows its winner to realise a monographic publication with a prestigious publishing house in the industry. The purpose of the award is to give space and visibility to this form of artistic expression in the way it’s employed by emerging talent.
In addition to all of the accomplishments on their own booth, Madragoa is sharing a second space with Gallery Fonti from Naples to showcase the work of Renatto Leota. Located at the Present Future, Renato's work also recieved the special mention in Illy's prize (awarded to Cecile B. Evans).
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