In 2015, arteBA and Adriana Hidalgo editora launched the first edition of the Premio de Ensayo Crítico arteBA-Adriana Hidalgo editora (Critical Essay Prize), created to encourage critical writing, essays on Argentinean contemporary art and the appearance of new figures of reference in the practice of art criticism. The Premio de Ensayo Crítico arteBA-Adriana Hidalgo editora invites Argentinean critics, writers, artists and essayists in any discipline to present a previously unpublished writing project dealing with an issue found to be present in recent years in Argentinean art, focusing on a body of works or exhibitions held by Argentinean artists during the past fifteen years, on the art market or related topics. In this way, the Premio de Ensayo Crítico arteBA-Adriana Hidalgo editora constitutes a backdrop for reflection and study in relation to Argentinean contemporary art. By way of the prize, arteBA Fundación and Adriana Hidalgo editora aspire to collaborate toward the production of critical discourse and analysis of Argentinean contemporary art and to bring words and texts into closer proximity with images, which continue to grow and expand.

The jury, comprising Fabián Lebenglik (Editorial Director of Adriana Hidalgo editora and art critic), María Gainza (writer and art critic) and Lucrecia Palacios (Coordinator of Public Programming at Malba) selected Florencia Qualina as the winner of this first edition, with her essay Interferencias y líneas de fuga en el arte argentino contemporáneo (Interference and Receding Lines in Contemporary Argentinean Art). The prize consists of a grant of 20,000 pesos to finish and publish the essay.

During the arteBA 2016 25! Fair, the essay was presented by the jury and the author. The Prize was announced and Florencia discussed the work she is currently engaged in, still a work in progress. Be on the lookout for the open call for the second edition of the Premio Ensayo Crítico arteBA-Adriana Hidalgo editora – coming soon!

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ABOUT FLORENCIA QUALINA
flor-qualinaShe is a researcher, critic, and independent curator. She has curated and co-curated exhibitions in museums and galleries in Buenos Aires, Paris, Tucumán, Río Negro, Corrientes and Puerto Madryn. She offers workshops and seminars on contemporary visual culture, sponsored by different institutions throughout the country. She publishes regularly in specialized magazines and catalogs. She has participated in diverse activities such as book presentations, round table discussions and award juries.