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Gabriel Mascaro winner of ArtAids video Grant 2011

The ArtAids Foundation is pleased to announce that Gabriel Mascaro is the recipient of the ArtAids video production Grant 2011!

The ArtAids video Grant is an annual project to commission the production of an artist film which approaches aids/hiv or related issues in an innovative way. For this issue prestigious international curators, with a focus on African and South American countries, were asked to suggest artists and filmers that would be of interest in this regard. The longlist amounted to eighty candidates, the shortlist to ten. In January 2011 three candidates were selected to submit a proposal: Caroline Kamya (filmer from Uganda), Gabriel Mascaro (filmer from Brazil) and Musa Nxumalo (photographer from South Africa).

Although all three proposals were impressive, the jury unanimously voted for Mascaro’s proposal ‘Silent Dancer’ (working title). This creative documentary film follows the day to day life of Rodrigo, a young deaf man in Recife, Northeast Brazil, who is HIV positive. The film explores the difficulties faced due to the communication barriers that exist between deaf and non-deaf people and the emotional conflicts that permeate desire and vulnerability, uncovering a web of emotional and subjective complexities related to the virus.

Based on the cinematographical and professional qualities displayed in his earlier work, the jury believes Mascaro will compose a documentary with a convincing story and strong visual imagery, which will give the audience a new perception of social and emotional complexities related to the hiv virus.

The jury was comprised of Han Nefkens, initiator ArtAids Foundation/art collector and writer, Barcelona, Spain, Hilde Teerlink, director museum FRAC Nord Pas de Calais, Dunkirk, France, Gerardo Peral, coordinator Art Aids Foundation Barcelona, Spain, Rob van de Ven and Corinne Groot, independent curators and editors Zapp Magazine Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Bianca Stigter, writer, art/film critic and editor of NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands.

The film will be ready in April 2012 and will be shown at several venues around the world; information about the schedule will follow soon.