Rosângela Rennó wins international photography prize

On 4 July, the Brazilian artist Rosângela Rennó was awarded the ‘Women in Motion’ prize by the Les Rencontres d’Arles festival.
07 aug 2023

Rosângela Rennó is known for appropriating and transforming photographic material—gathered from national or criminal archives, antiques fairs, family albums or even the internet—to create her works. The artist bases her work on the concepts of memory, forgetting, identity and anonymity, creating series that propose different narratives by giving a new context to the images.

The Brazilian artist’s work was highlighted at this year’s Les Rencontres d’Arles festival, in France, where several of her pieces were presented and she was awarded the ‘Women in Motion’ prize, created in 2015 to promote the work of female artists in the field of film and expanding to include photography in 2019. At previous editions of the festival, the prize has been awarded to Babette Mangolte, Liz Johnson Artur, Sabine Weiss and Susan Meiselas.

The artist is represented in the CAM Collection with five works from the ‘Frutos Estranhos’ [Strange Fruits] series, created in 2006 using animated images reproduced on portable DVD players. The pieces were acquired for the Collection in 2012, following a survey exhibition of the artist’s work held by CAM. Two of them can be seen until 18 September as part of the Histories of a Collection exhibition.

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