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Pilar Quinteros

Pilar Quinteros, 2018 AMA Grant
Fundación AMA


Chilean artist Pilar Quinteros (Santiago, 1988) has won the 2018 AMA Grant given by the Fundación AMA in Chile.

Since 2008, when Juan Yarur and Cecilia Brunson met with the intention of offering a residency that promoted the work of Chilean contemporary artists, the grant they created has encouraged dialog and collaborations between Chilean artists and art critics, scholars, and experts abroad, with an emphasis on the exchange of information and knowledge within the contemporary art field. The AMA Grant has helped to promote the careers of artists who are today internationally recognized, including: Tomás Rivas, Gerardo Pulido, Cristóbal Lehyt, Cristián Silva-Soura, Catalina Bauer, Francisca Benítez, and Nicolás Franco.

While the AMA Grant program started with residencies only in Latin America, beginning in 2010 the foundation partnered with Gasworks, in London, to jointly consolidate a long term collaborative program.

The grant has a duration of three months, from October 1 to December 17, 2018 (11 weeks). It offers the necessary financial support for the grant holder to complete a residency at the Juan Yarur Torres residency Studio in Gasworks, London.

Pilar Quinteros earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2011). She has developed her work through the use of different techniques: video, performance, and drawing, among others. About her work and winning the grant, she said, "There is a little bit of everything in my work because it involves a process in which I capture everything, from the moment I choose a place to when the piece has been mounted. It is very experiential. I feel very excited about the opportunity that the Fundación AMA has given me to spend three months in London thinking, researching, living, and entirely focusing on the project I want to pursue. I am very appreciative of this very exciting opportunity. As always, I will give it my all."

Other awards previously granted to Pilar are: the 2012 Jean-Claude Reynal Scholarship (Fondation de France and l'école des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux) for artists whose production regard paper as a main constructive material; Third Place at the 2013 CCU Art Grant; finalist at the 2014 Future Generation Art Prize (PinchukArtCentre, Kiev, Ukraine); and honorable mention at the 31st Biennial of Graphic Arts in Ljubljana, Slovenia. 

She has shown her work in places that include: the 2017 California-Pacific Triennial – Building as Ever (Newport Beach, California, US); Galería Leme (São Paulo, Brazil); 32nd São Paulo Biennial – Live Uncertainty (São Paulo, Brazil); Carlos/Ishikawa Gallery (London, UK); PinchukArtCentre (Kiev, Ukraine, 2014); Casa de las Américas (Havana, Cuba, 2013); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (11th Media Arts Biennial, Santiago, Chile, 2013); and the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Santiago, Chile, 2010).

Pilar Quinteros is also co-founder and active member of the group MICH (Museo Internacional de Chile), a group of friends focused on generating art projects from the practice of drawing.




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