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Land Art

CAREY DUNCAN

born in Harare, Zimbabwe 1963 | lives in Rabat, Zimbabwe

Carey Duncan | Arte Laguna Prize

ZHUZH, 2019

Earth, stone, shadow

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Carey Duncan’s project was carried out in the Noor solar complex in Ouarzazate, Morocco, entitled Zhuzh literally means to change something to make it more interesting or attractive. Two loose soil stocks were transformed after the leveling of the platform for the installation of one of the solar plants. The visitor from the sculpted tumoli will be able to enjoy a 360 ° view of the solar systems and the nearby valley, accompanied by a stimulating silence, literally feeling “on top of the world”.
The spiral path that allows for gentle access to the summit was also a feature that helped ensure stability by breaking the slope into multiple segments. Spectacular views of the natural and industrial landscapes were obtained, silhouetted against the thick blue sky of Ouarzazate.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

MONICA GORINI

born in Domodossola, Italy 1967 | lives in Milan, Italy

Monica Gorini | Arte Laguna Prize

LA PORTA, 2019

Iron, rocks, sky

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The installation La porta is a slender iron structure accompanied by seven pink stones from Mottarone, taken from the Pescone river, in Val Mengasca on Lake Orta. A view over the entire chain of the Alps, immaculate for the snow, but which leaves room for the bright green of the grass that covers the mountain in summer and then for the infinite possibilities of the sky, with its changing conditions due to an element of magic like clouds. Without ever possessing, the human being has intervened more and more violently on it and its ecosystems, arriving today at a point of no return. Only this deep understanding will allow the birth of a true ecological conscience even among ordinary people, accompanied by daily choices and not left only to the awareness of great enlightened minds.

Says the artist Monica Gorini: “We are Nature too, like the Mountain. We keep star crumbs… ”.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

ITAMI HIROSHI

born in Okayama, Japan 1952 | lives in Suginami-Ku, Japan

Hiroshi Itami | Arte Laguna Prize

ENERGY ACCUMULATION, 2008

Device (Aluminum), Speaker, Theremin

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Since ancient times, man has put his intellect to work in all disciplines such as religion, science and art to identify the relationship between himself and the Universe. This project by Itami Hiroshi intends to raise the level of information within all consciousness on Earth by emitting high vibrations from the body through physical and material energy, from the mouth through acoustic energy and from the spirit through non-material energy, to any space where consciousness exists. The scale of this energetic land art can be freely adjusted, which means that in addition to enhancing the living space, urban space or the entire earthly environment, this artwork can speak to the importance of enhancing human consciousness. Energy Accumulation was created in 2008 as part of the project to rectify the planet’s magnetic field started in 1993

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

LAMBERT KAMPS/BEN VAN DER MEER

born in Groningen, Netherlands 1974 | lives in Groningen, Netherlands

Lambert Kamps | Arte Laguna Prize

RISING DIKE, 2016

Sand, cley, wood

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A large part, almost 60% of the Netherlands is under the sea level, therefore to protect the territory from possible floods and protect it from rising sea levels, one of the biggest problems facing the country , a network of dams has been built, which must be increased to keep the nation safe and dry. For this Ben van der Meer and Lambert Kamps were commissioned to create a land art project in the port of Lauwersoog. In this area, the theme of sea level rises and the plain behind the dam is clearly visible and it was a relevant reason for the authors to start creating an observation point on the dam, making this problem visible to others as well. people.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

KAZUNORI KURA

born in Tokyo, Japan 1986 | lives in Hamburg, Germany

Kazunori Kura | Arte Laguna Prize

EVEN IF, 2019

Grass, Soil, Text

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In October 2019 the artist Kura Kazunori before moving to another city decided to engrave two writings “Please don’t disappear even if I don’t remember you” and “Please let me believe even if you don’t exist” on the ground a Munich, where he spent the previous four years. The focus of the work was the connection between “memory” and “existence”, concepts that arose in the artist various questions, for example: If I forget something and I can’t remember it, or if I can’t believe that there was something, those existences will disappear ?, What happens to unrecognized things? Where does the existence that vanished from my consciousness come from? The traces are still present on the ground, but within a few years they will disappear completely also due to the regeneration of the lawn. However, the act of creation should always be present, the work, the artist and the audience were present.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Joelle Lupi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

OMUF

born in Polistena, Italy 1986 | lives in Roma, Italy

Francesco Nasso | Arte Laguna Prize

SNIA, 2019

Spry cans

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Like a more contemporary Platonic cave, in which fiction and reality seem to lose their clear boundaries, the work Snia by the urban artist OMUF, shows a virtual, alternative dimension, so similar to ours that it creates curiosity and the desire to be able to log into. The formal rigor and the typical order of architectural construction seem to meet for the first time with the chaotic and anarchic language of street art, within a third dimension whose peculiarity lies precisely in the contemplation of the possible. Through this unusual crasis, in fact, the street artist intends to overcome the now outdated classification of the arts, demonstrating, thanks to a concrete work, the existence of a meeting point between two artistic disciplines historically residing at opposite poles. Through a process of mutual enrichment – which involves principles of balance, harmony and composition – architecture and Street Art can finally be released from a utopian perception of urban design, allowing us to enjoy an innovative and unexpected scenario.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

SAINTE ANNE

born in Motta di Livenza, Italy 1996 | lives in San Donà di Piave, Italy

Anna Pellizzaro | Arte Laguna Prize

FLOATIN’ FLOWERS, 2019

Green, Venice, Floatin’ Flowers

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What the city of Venice gives to its countless visitors is a silent poem that seems to never end . Yet, the beauty of its sweet canals and the uniqueness of its intricate streets have always diverted attention from all the problems and difficulties inherent in the peculiar urban structure that has allowed the Venetian capital to become “The Queen of the Adriatic” . Through a visual suggestion with a bittersweet character, the young artist Sainte Anne has managed to bring out from the waters of the lagoon itself some of those themes that are now considered real taboos. Boat discharges and indiscriminate overbuilding have now outclassed the desire to invest in green areas, making Venice one of the Italian cities most affected by environmental problems. Thanks to the urban intervention Floatin ‘Flowers, the delicacy and poetry of the flowers have symbolically found a temporary home near the stops and roofs of the emblematic vaporettos, now enriched with hanging gardens, whose indisputable beauty is able to touch even the sensibility of the human soul.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

JACOB RAINER

born in Jena, Germany 1970 | lives in Leipzig, Germany

Jacob Rainer | Arte Laguna Prize

ICE STICKERS, 2018

Ice, ice with pigments, dust

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When winter envelops the urban space with its pungent embrace, Jacob Rainer, an urban artist of German nationality, awakens the city from a state of warmth thanks to an artistic production that never intends to go into hibernation. Contrary to a flock of migratory birds in constant search of the sun, these temporary works – which see ice as the absolute protagonist – seem to find their temporary home right in the streets of the coldest European capitals. Moscow, Berlin, Oslo and Paris are just some of the stages for the ephemeral installations which, spread on the urban fabric as canonical stickers, stage a unique show, capable of involving art and nature. Although always characterized by a latent note of criticism towards society and its customs, these ironic and sometimes even irreverent images are linked together by a playful vision of reality, aimed at teasing the minds of passers-by, inevitably led to reflect on their hidden but incisive message. At least, as long as the first warm spring sunshine will want to grant it.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

COCO VEWENDA

born in Kinshasa, Belgium 1982 | lives in Bruxelles, Belgium

Coco Vewenda | Arte Laguna Prize

VOTED, 2019

Public trash can, flag, waste of different foods

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Thanks to the installation of Urban Art VOTED, by the artist Coco Vewenda, it is possible to understand the more democratic and social side of art, often mistakenly reduced solely to a mere object of contemplation. Behind the intentionally provocative image created by the Belgian artist on the occasion of the piloted and chaotic elections held in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2018, there is, in fact, a deep sense of helplessness and disillusionment caused by the organization of the ruling political class and by the his obvious abuse of power. It is precisely in a context in which the much-professed democracy seems to be an unattainable utopia, that art is the only means capable of guaranteeing that freedom of expression and thought which it seems impossible to enjoy. Thus, a filthy garbage basket – placed in front of the court of Brussels – wrapped in the flag of the Democratic Republic of Congo and containing the symbolic votes of the citizens, can only become a clear visual metaphor of the state and its corrupt system, becoming the bearer itself of a message of denunciation that does not intend to leave room for free interpretation.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia

RAFAEL VILLARES

born in La Habana, Cuba 1989 | lives in La Habana, Cuba

Rafael Villares | Arte Laguna Prize

TREE OF LIGHT, 2015

Metal, light

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Through a language made up of symbolic images, Rafael Villares tells of a world whose borders seem to be lost and geographical coordinates become superfluous conventions. Even history no longer exists, what remains is the bright and vivid soul of the people. Tree of light is a work of Urban Art located in the heart of Cuba and conceived in order to cancel the geographical, historical and cultural distance through the participatory creation of a luminous tree, a universal symbol of life and hope. Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, United States, India, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela and Vietnam have responded to the call launched by the artist by donating a lamppost from the streets of their country, thus contributing to the active construction of the values ​​of sharing and community that the installation intends to celebrate and of which it acts as a spokesperson. The 15 countries become, in this corner of the Earth in which space and time seem to cancel each other out, living and brilliant gems generated from the same source and, together, capable of illuminating the path of the inhabitants of the world.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia