The Brazilian artist Felipe Cohen wins the illy SustainArt Prize at ARCOmadrid 2016
The ninth edition of the prize recognizes the proyect Tiempo Partido” - Kubik gallery (Oporto) - in the #SoloProjects section
Felipe Cohen, participant artist in the #SoloProjects section with the Kubik gallery, was proclaimed winner of the ninth edition of the illy SustainArt Prize at ARCOmadrid 2016 for his work “Tiempo Perdido”. The prize is endowed with 15.000 euros by illycaffè.
Carlo Bach, artistic director of illycaffè, identified the work of Philip Cohen as a perfect example of irony. The artist uses collages and sculptures to play with optical illusions. His style is characterized by creating materials and optical illusions, inviting the viewer to laugh when he finds them out.
In this ninth edition of the illy SustainArt Prize at ARCOmadrid, the fifth devoted to the #SoloProjects program, the work of Felipe is part of one of the thematic areas represented in the section this year: Art at the Intersection of Time and Subversion by Way of Humor.
The illy SustainArt Prize was established to share the Company’s commitment to sustainable growth with the international art community, and offers opportunities for visibility and exchange to artists from emerging countries.
The illy SustainArt Prize was founded at ARCOmadrid in 2008. That year it went to a young Brazilian artist, Matheus Rocha Pitta. In the second year, 2009, Avinash Veeraraghavan, a young emerging artist from India, won the award. The 2010 edition recognized Mexican artist Camilo Ontiveros, and in 2011, we had another young artist from Brazil, André Komatsu. In 2012, the award went to Chilean artist Voluspa Jarpa; in 2013 the couple Julia Rometti & Victor Costales received the prize for their work “Anarquismo Mágico”, in 2014 Argentinian Diego Bruno was recognized for his work “Location” and in 2015 the award went to Peruvian artist Sergio Zevallos for his project “Callejón Oscuro".
The illy SustainArt Project was founded in 2007 with the purpose of giving a deeper structure to illy’s presence in the world of contemporary art and of sharing with the international art community the company’s approach to sustainable business growth. Conceived to explore new frontiers of creativity, illy SustainArt is a hub of exhibitions, collaborations and art events, and a point of reference for artists, curators and art professionals from the entire world.
From 2008 to 2015, illy SustainArt was also a digital platform, a communications tool, a growing network and a window into the world of contemporary art in coffee-producing countries and emerging markets.
illycaffè was founded in Trieste in 1933; the company manufactures and markets a unique blend of 100% Arabica espresso coffee and is the leading brand in top quality coffee. illycaffè has been an official partner of Expo 2015, creating and managing the content, exhibits and events centred on coffee in the common area of the Expo Coffee Cluster. Almost 7 million cups of illy coffee are consumed daily throughout the world. illy coffee is sold in more than 140 countries and is served in over 100,000 of the world’s finest restaurants and cafés. The monobrand illy shops are about 230 in 43 Countries. The company also set up and runs the Coffee University with a view to fostering and spreading the culture of coffee; this centre of excellence provides comprehensive academic and hands-on training for coffee growers, baristas and fans covering every aspect of the product. The company has approximately 1,084 people on its global payroll, and in 2014 posted consolidated revenues of €391 million. illy purchases green coffee beans directly from growers of the highest quality Arabica, based on partnerships underpinned by the principles of sustainable development. Out of its Trieste headquarters the company encourages long-term partnerships with the world’s best growers in Brazil, Central America, India and Africa, sharing know-how and technology and paying higher than market compensation.