Last call for the Faena Prize for The Arts

Considered one of the most prestigious art prizes in the Americas, Faena Prize winners are awarded a total of $75,000.

Last call for the Faena Prize for The Arts

The Faena Prize for the Arts is a building block of our ethos, and an example of our lasting commitment to multidisciplinary cultural production as the core and heart of Faena. We aim to identify and support the newest, boldest and most cutting-edge artists from around the world.

ALAN FAENA, Founder and President of Faena Group

A biennial international juried prize, the Faena Prize for the Arts recognizes artistic experimentation, encourages post-disciplinary and temporal exploration, and promotes inquiry of the multiple links between art, technology and design.

Art today has abandoned the notion that vision is reason's vehicle of choice, and space no longer seems to be the privileged model for experience. Under these historical circumstances art should continue to favor time and its irreversible and heterogeneous nature, as it was once approached through Henri Bergson’s fundamental concept of "duration" (la durée). Traditional science and philosophical definitions have imposed spatial homogeneity and reversibility upon a temporal dimension that consequently became static. Time was thus petrified in the delimitation of past, present and future as separate entities, while duration for Bergson meant "invention, creation of forms, continuous production of that which is entirely new.” Rethinking duration challenges us to reflect upon the boundaries and definition of art today.

This year’s open call aims to summon multidisciplinary artists from across the world to imagine site-sensitive works that rethink performance and time-based practices, in dialogue with the physical and symbolic space of the Faena Art Center while engaging with the cultural and urban conditions of the city of Buenos Aires. Projects that highlight the potential crossovers and synchronicities between the two spaces and two cities of the Faena District may ultimately be eligible for exhibition in both spaces.

Previous Faena Prize winners are Roger Hiorns (2016), Cayetano Ferrer (2015), Fundación Vairoletto (2013), Martín Sastre (2012). Special mention awards have been granted to Mercedes Azpilicueta (2016), Public Movement (2016), Nicolas Gullota (2015), Pablo Rasgado (2015), Santiago Sierra (2013), Sebastián Díaz Morales (2013), andWilfredo Prieto (2012).


Under the coordination of XIMENA CAMINOS, Chair and Artistic Director Faena Art. The International Jury will be CARLOS BASUALDO (Keith L. and Katherine Sachs Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art), ANDREA BELLINI (Director, Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève), ANITA DUBE (Artist and Curator of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018), PABLO LEÓN DE LA BARRA (Curator, Latin America, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York), FRANKLIN SIRMANS  (Director, Pérez Art Museum Miami) and Advisor to the Prize JESÚS FUENMAYOR (Curator). 


The aast Call is until February 15, 2018



FAENA ART is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that houses and produces post-disciplinary and time-based experiences. A catalyst for innovative, site-specific, and immersive creative practices, FAENA ART is a transformative bridge across the Americas, between the south and the north, the popular and the experimental, activism and research.FAENA ART fosters new models for performative social interaction that transcend the traditional boundaries of art, science, philosophy, and social practice. Ximena Caminos is Chair and Artistic Director of FAENA ART.