born in Milano, Italy 1994 | lives in Cornaredo, Italy

Camilla Alberti | Arte Laguna Prize

SONGLINES (10), 2020

Acrylics on canvas
150×60 cm

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Camilla Alberti’s landscapes are an atypical expression of this pictorial genre. The artist reflects on Bruce Chatwin’s theories on “Aboriginal songs as a territorial map” and starting from this fundamental concept, according to which in Aboriginal culture there is a close relationship, an intimate co-essence between the territory, the clans that inhabit it and their songs , develops his own works. Alberti’s landscapes are built through the pictorial process, in a synaesthetic analogy with the aboriginal myth of creation, as the voice and song create the world, so the painting and the artist’s hand create a new scenario. Alberti isolates details taken from landscape paintings and develops them to make them a new setting in itself, autonomous scenarios without characters that inhabit them. In the works there are recognizable natural elements, despite having been deconstructed and decontextualized from the landscape to which they originally belonged, and recomposed and placed on an undefined background. This, together with the use of saturated colors reminiscent of digital printing, gives to the composition a dreamlike atmosphere. The Songlines series is an ongoing project on which the artist continues to work, carrying out his own poetics and his own interpretation of reality and space.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Ludovica De Vivi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Mexico City, Mexico 1986 | lives in Guildford, United Kingdom

Jessica Arevalo | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil on newsprint
102×153 cm

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A consciously incomplete work … This is what emerges and makes viewers think looking at this work. A part of lived life, written in small blocks drawn in oil on newspaper, but which has yet to be accomplished. As the title of the work reports, in fact, each block, combined with the next and the previous one, refers to the 314 days lived by the artist during the covid 19 pandemic. The work is not completed because it is the result of an unresolved pandemic virus, not yet eradicated; therefore the space for the continuation of the work remains empty and is still without a frame. Each piece wants to remember a day that would otherwise be forgotten or denied and that instead deserves attention; every empty space is a missing day because it is not worked.
Notes, written in small print in the margin with an indelible brush, report personal outbursts, nostalgic and melancholy notes of the author, reported in order not to forget; heavy moments due to the pandemic that want to be a beginning to start over, however, as soon as everything is over. Respect for what has been, the ongoing experience between past, present and future. Every single day will be remembered and will be noteworthy. The work is part of a series entitled Resolution in which the artist documents the days that have passed from January 1st to December 31st of each year, starting from 2016. Months spent between business trips to Columbia, Japan, Oman and other places of the planet and the return home for emergencies, funerals or forced stops due to the pandemic. All documented by the blocks drawn that retrace the years lived. A narrative, alternative, contemporary and very engaging genre, which photographs the life lived year by year, but which unites everyone in the last two, due to the pandemic.

Will the time come when we will be able to see the work finished? We all hope so!

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Santiago, Chile 1993 | lives in Santiago, Chile

Fernanda Luz Avendaño | Arte Laguna Prize


Painting and oil on canvas
100×115 cm

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Atemporal, almost alienating landscapes seem to catapult us into a new dimension far from reality. The work consists of a diptych on whose canvases two views of a neighborhood are depicted. There are no elements that allow us to identify the location or even the area, so much so that they could be easily identified with any city or town we know. A game of everything and nothing, of anonymous but at the same time familiar constructions. What unites the two scenes is the feeling of restlessness that precedes an event destined to completely change what we know, which gives us security with its familiarity.

The painted town is that of Barrio Salvador (Santiago, Chile), an old and run-down suburb, now demolished to make room for progress and innovation. Its beauty and its decaying forms are now only part of the memories of those who have lived in that area. A game of everything and nothing dictated by progress, where our homes, our villages and our cities, wherever they are, are constantly at the mercy of the need for renewal. A game of everything and nothing at the expense of what is dear to us.

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


born in Tehran, Iran 1983 | lives in Umeå, Sweden

Mina Bazari | Arte Laguna Prize


Acrylic and marker on canvas
80×120 cm

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Delicacy, grace and detail: this is what Mina Bazari’s abstract work transmits to us. A set of languages ​​that swirl to draw us ever closer to them, to make us study and better understand its meaning. In a painting, chaotic at first glance, we are fascinated to notice the richness of details, the finesse of every single well-defined and characterized trait, so much so that we are encouraged to look for and recreate figures known to us with our mind, allowing us to travel free with fantasy. On an almost monochrome canvas, the touches of acrylic and colored marker stand out and attract the eye, first on themselves and then on the drawings that surround them, allowing you to focus attention on a single portion of the painting at a time, thus giving the value appropriate to the entire work.

The artist’s goal is to highlight the relationship between us and the surrounding space, often taken for granted, giving the right weight to the things we find around us. Like the splashes of color on the canvas, the objects that are really useful to us are few, everything else is superfluous. One more dictated by the need to have generated by the consumerism that drives our society.

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


born in Rovigo, Italy 1983 | lives in Rovigo and Milan, Italy and New York, United States

Elisa Bertaglia | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil, charcoal and graphite on canvas
90×118 cm

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It is an oxymoronic and unexpected dialogue that Elisa Bertaglia manages to achieve through Assolo. Singing over the bones in which the dense and vital pictorial sign and the dense graphite weave manage to communicate with a suggestive language. They tell about the delicate and transitory act of metamorphosis, the fulcrum of the artist’s research, in which the subjects find themselves living at the threshold in a situation of perennial suspension between disintegration and affirmation. The painting, which should make the representation concrete and material, further fragments that pale trace of pencil which, fragile, seems to be on the verge of bewilderment, but, if looked at carefully, reveals its meticulous and extremely detailed nature. We are faced with a dream world, a timeless setting, an ancestral story that resonates in the most intimate human interiority, recalling, like an ancestral song, a universal feeling of beauty that leads to new awareness and a new construction of one’s ego.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Paris, France 1985 | lives in Louvigné, France

Granger Boris | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil on canvas
120×90 cm

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We pass near hundreds of people and we can’t see anyone. Crowds, demonstrations, violence, clashes, vivacity, great energy, yet the individual is rarely taken into account. The surface of the canvas is occupied by images and shapes close to each other, by lines and colors, by the relationship between them and by the resulting tensions. Human movements and the uniqueness of beings within a group, through the expressiveness of bodies, are at the center of the artist’s concerns. The latter investigates and rediscovers the human figure, focusing on the outer layers we wear since, according to Boris Garanger, clothing is an intermediary, a protection, a shield not only physical, but also psychic, which if worn by a group, celebrates and exalts it. It tells us and describes, through oil on canvas, an environment, a social climate defined by individuals and their particularity. Man is presence through his body, he is action through his movement and he is appearance through his clothing.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland 1994 | lives in Majków Folwark, Poland

Weronika Braun | Arte Laguna Prize

Shining Light 6 – 9859_25, 2020

Oil and natural resin, encaustic, photography, photographic negative on wood
50×27 cm

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Distant representations, elusive and blurred images, timeless views caressed by luminescences that try to define the environment, an evocative glow linked to the natural datum. Immersive landscapes that are metaphors of moments that bring to light the reality of each one, provoking in us singular emotions which are variously intensified. The forms become labile, dissolve and blend together surviving in a tonal expanse that is tenuous, but equally brilliant in those green, material and well-circumscribed footprints, which start from the bottom and become more evanescent towards the top of the surface. . Braun Weronika’s intuition starts from his interest in photography, a deep and original bond with painting, two mediums that the artist associates by creating superimpositions, references and suggestive atmospheres, revealing and concealing contemplative aspects, which invite the observer to emotionally sink into these enigmatic, unreal and sensitive narratives.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Den Haag, Netherlands 1960 | lives in Utrecht, Netherlands

Marijke Breuers | Arte Laguna Prize


Mixed media on canvas
130×175 cm

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In a dense weave of vertical signs and strokes, the image of an eastern Indian cherry tree, a plant observed by the artist in the garden of a Franciscan monastery, hides. The figuration of the artwork Monastery garden II is poorly defined and the subject represented is not immediately understandable, but it needs a curious and sensitive gaze to be grasped. Black and white dominate the composition and through an intricate chiaroscuro game define the volumes and realistic shapes of the plant, which seems to want to emerge from a dreamlike and improbable background. The semantic core of this work lies in the interest that the artist reserves in the other and in the different life choices that are reflected in residences that contain surprising existences and cultures. The atmospheres and the houses thus become silent narrators that suggest and evoke a past to be investigated.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Bruxelles, Belgium 1984 | lives in Bruxelles, Belgium

Marc Brousse | Arte Laguna Prize


Ink and charcoal on Paper Arches
110×160 cm

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Fragments. Fragments of life, of the city. Fragments suspended in an indefinite time and in a place where the oxymoronic relationship between empty and full generates the collective memory that the represented space is imbued.

Architectures belonging to different eras, created line by line using an inverted perspective, collide and meet giving life to an all-encompassing vision of the world around us.

The suspension,created by the use of ink and charcoal on a particular air-dried paper, generates a perfect balance between the individual fragments that are placed between the immensity of the sky and the concreteness of the earth. The perception of time and space can be traced back to the way in which the artist decides to place them: arranged so as to form, with the twelve tips, the Chacana cross. The earth, represented in the center, symbolizes our unity with the universe. The human tendency, oriented towards the appropriation of everything that surrounds us, is highlighted thanks to the compositional ensemble that is created with the individual architectures which, imbued with a hidden breath, attempt to give life to a perfect urban utopia.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Pistoia, Italy 1973 | lives in Pistoia, Italy

Daniele Capecchi | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil on canvas
100×70 cm

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A pictorial language that comes from the desire to investigate the elements of the face, of the portrait, an aesthetic precision outlined according to contours that merge by compacting the forms. Maintaining rapid and rotating movements, the artist acts by meticulously intervening on the support, scratching the still fresh color with a dry tip, in order to obtain a regular and nuanced result, which gradually blends, defining the figure more and more. The model of a robot, painted in oil on canvas, is the object of a memory belonging to a childhood now lost, to an innocence limited to that distant moment of life, but which resurfaces in the author’s present, acquiring a strong charge and liberating expressiveness. Daniele Capecchi’s work is configured on a nostalgic representation of past and concluded experiences, focusing on monochromatic images that refer to small childhood toys and that in his works become giants, passing from miniatures in reality to being dramatically enlarged on a two-dimensional surface.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Milano, Italy 1991 | lives in Milano, Italy

Jacopo Caputo | Arte Laguna Prize


Tempera and diluted vinyl glue on folded white wrapping paper glued onto a vegetable cardboard support
50×70 cm

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Jaco Caputo carries out in Cathedrals a reflection on the pictorial act : painting becomes the fulcrum of representation, it is studied and analyzed in its process, in its archetypal function and sacredness. The work therefore comes to life from a sensitive listening action, an almost ritual and meditative moment, which originates in the artist’s interiority to flow into suggestive images and forms, in the construction of a silent, suspended, metaphysical space in which the observer finds himself confronted with himself not finding concrete answers in what he relates to and sees. Jaco Caputo, with his representations, does not propose points of reference to follow, but invites to travel new inner paths, unexplored paths that lead to thought and an intimate awareness of one’s own drives, desires and self.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Varedo, Italy 1961 | lives in Roma, Italy

Andrea Cerquiglini | Arte Laguna Prize


Gel pens on linen notebooks
148×48 cm

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Andrea Cerquiglini has the soul of an ancient scribe: his fears, his problems, unresolved questions and thoughts run free on paper; pages and pages of notebooks are flooded by this dense pattern that repeats itself, continuously, like a mantra and is configured as a singular scenography of his personal creations. This dense plot is the background to the particular imaginary worlds visible in Eremi at the house of the guardian of the secret guard nr 2: suspended environments, out of time, which have come to life and have sprung from the deepest interiority of the artist, from his memories, from his perceptions, from the nostalgic places of origin of his family and from his most sincere being. They are spaces that speak of him, silent, isolated, crystallized that inhabit Cerquiglini’s ego and that, materializing on the white sheet, tell of that hidden eremitical spirit that lives in him.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Granada, Spain 1972 | lives in Granada, Spain

Pedro Cuadra | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil on canvas
130×130 cm

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Pedro González’s painting is the result of a great research and a deep reflection on some extremely contemporary themes: globalization and the frenetic speed in which we live today. These phenomena have strongly influenced the world of contemporary art and inevitably also the way in which the public relates to it. The result of these trends is often a chaotic multitude of artistic currents dictated by a hyper productive market. Today, it is not possible to escape the continuous bombardment of images to which the media subject us, so the over-stimulated public more and more often arises absent-mindedly towards the work of art, enjoys it lightly, in an unreflective way, hardly distinguishing it from the others. thousands of images he sees every day. González tackles this problem through a painting strictly linked to the overexposure of visual products: the artist searches for his subjects drawing from the most disparate fields, from the web, cinema, news, or from his own photographic sample collection, combining them in a casual way up to obtain a harmonic composition, which does not respect pre-established schemes. Starting from a heterogeneous set of icons, completely disconnected from each other, González gives life to a single vision, the purpose of which is precisely to stimulate a reaction and a thought in the viewer. It is a work that arises from profound reflection, but is achieved through a playful, almost ironic process, which invites its users not to remain passive in the face of art.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Ludovica De Vivi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Bologna, Italy 1983 | lives in Bologna, Italy

Giulia Dall'Olio | Arte Laguna Prize

G 19][153 D, 2019

Charcoal and pastel on paper
145×145 cm

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Our organism, we humans, will always remain a transitory and temporary structure with our limited powers to command and manipulate nature as we please. We have built buildings, made roads and cut down trees, but we don’t realize that control will never be ours. The work reflects on the phenomenon of anthropization – the set of transformations and alterations carried out on the territory in order to adapt and modify it in the service of human interests – and on the relationship between the two forces, man and nature, today defined by a stable instability .
Following this reflection, the artist makes nature reborn on paper in all its beauty through the same human action: by destroying it. In fact, the work was created through the technique of cancellation and subtraction, that is, once the charcoal has been spread, the rubber is the tool that brings out the shape. With this action, the work becomes a mirror of the human condition.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in San Diego, United States 1981 | lives in Santa Fe – New Mexico, United States

Jennifer Day | Arte Laguna Prize


Acrylic, colored pencil, flashe and glitter on canvas
91.44×91.44 cm

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The alienating effect of Electricity Drives The First Form is produced by the juxtaposition of disparate elements and subjects that cannot be traced back to a single context. The presence of the two chamois on the snow, which turn their frightened and questioning gaze to the observer, contrasts with the arid and rocky landscape in the background that intersects with different colored sections. The elements inserted in the work do not seem to have any relevance and create a dissonant effect both in terms of color, for the combination of bright and almost artificial colors with tones that recall the natural world and in terms of the consistency of the composition. Day, by decontextualizing the elements of the painting, generates a confusing effect, suggesting a symbolic interpretation of the work that alludes to the absurdity of the modern world and the multiplicity of signals from which the true meaning of things is often hidden and distorted.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia



born in Naples, Italy 1972 | lives in Rome, Italy

Daniela Dilullo | Arte Laguna Prize


Acrylic paint and collage on canvas
50×40 cm

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Daniela Di Lullo’s works investigate, through a contemporary aesthetic, the state of unconsciousness of dreams and, thanks to the technique of collage and painting, create surreal and timeless settings that lead the viewer elsewhere, towards a suspended dimension.

Taking inspiration from Greek myths, Di Lullo represents Hypnos, God of Sleep, the one who relieves men from the strains of life and allows rest. The thick and material brushstrokes, the contrast of blue with white, however, do not return a sense of peace and harmony, but a feeling of anguish and restlessness. The artist represents a tormented sleep, poised between life and death, as if Hypnos had lost his benevolence towards mankind or simply, man had lost the ability to dream. Have you lost your dream? investigates the dichotomy between sleep and death, the contrast between the God Hypnos and Thanatos, twin sons of the God of the Night, and explores the unconscious fears of humanity.

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



born in China 1963 | lives in Fujian, China

Xing Dong | Arte Laguna Prize

潜意识 NO.02.2020, 2020

Ink on canvas
80×60 cm

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Ink is the absolute protagonist of Dong XIng’s works, which focuses mainly on the figurative component given by the fluidity of this material.

The expressive power of these compositions refers to a universe imbued with freedom and universality, elements nourished by the numerous multidisciplinary journeys faced by the artist, life experiences that have turned out to be fundamental in order to broaden his personal vision of the human being in relation to the environment surrounding multicultural.

The dense tangle of shapes that expands in his works seems almost an autonomous entity capable of self-generating, an organism with biomorphic features whose apparent movement makes its presence almost hypnotic and mystical. The contrasts are sharp and impactful, generated by an elaborate play of light in which the shadows, becoming chasms of absolute nothingness, evoke the mystery of the eternity of the cosmos.

The reflections on life and the flow of human existence generate fusions between what is hidden and what transpires from the surface, filling the observer’s void with a feeling of possibility.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia



born in United Kingdom 1967 | lives in Thames Ditton, Surrey, United Kingdom

Annamarie Dzendrowskyj | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil on Australian Polyester Canvas
40.50×21 cm

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Presence and absence. Creation and deletion. Tangibility and transience.

Poised in the uncertainty of an uncontrollable future, Annamarie Dzendrowskyj creates a series of works with the aim of directing the viewer’s attention to the harsh reality of climate change.

In recovery – Blue mountains I, is a call for help, a way to highlight, through forms that emerge and dissolve in an ethereal landscape, the urgent global crisis we are experiencing.

A hazy, indistinct area, from which an image, a shape, transpires, created by superimposing and erasing layers of translucent oil paint, in action and in potential, which materialized to become something else. The removed and revealed elements, as in a constant game, appear to our eyes for brief and intense moments, moments in which we believe we are able to see the intimate connection between time, place and space.

The representation, in an unstable balance between concreteness and fleetingness, reflects his intimate poetics and vision of the world, offering a small glimpse that creeps between today and tomorrow, between the current uncertainty and a future revenge.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Saarbrücken, Germany 1964 | lives in Berlin, Germany

Bettina Erzgräber | Arte Laguna Prize


Acrylic on Canvas
110×150 cm

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The core of Bettina Erzgräber’s work is observing and recording the everyday from an unusual point of view. Especially the unknown, the observation from an unexpected and anonymous angle, frees up visual space for the viewer’s own interpretation. The technique used, soft colored crayons, creates a feeling of tenderness and at the same time elusive depth.


born in Carate Brianza, Italy 1985 | lives in Lissone, Italy

Francesco Fossati | Arte Laguna Prize


Ecoprint on organic cotton
100×130 cm

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Ancient tales, stories of trees that have lived for millennia that we mere mortals cannot and will never be able to understand, in our being insignificant compared to the greatness of Nature. Precisely for this reason remodeled by the artist, under a geometric profile, of attention, of that perfection sought by human civilization but never achieved and which will never be found. The creation process, therefore, appears to be predominant over the object itself, the idea before the form. The resulting prints are not controllable, but are left free in their expression, belonging to the plant elements used. In this way the environmental impact is reduced to a minimum; the canvases, in organic cotton, become the background of imprints of leaves that can appear with different shades and intensities depending on the season or the place where they were collected. All this goes to represent the natural space that generated them and that kept them alive.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Salerno, Italy 1978 | lives in Torino, Italy

Vincenzo Frattini | Arte Laguna Prize


Sculpted acrylic color, perforated aluminum
75×94 cm

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It is a work moulded by the power of the creative gesture of Vincenzo Frattini who in Dynamic Lacerations tears the aluminum sheet to allow the underlying layers of color to emerge and show themselves to the observer. It is an intervention that allows, therefore, the access of the gaze to the innermost soul of creation, an act of strong intensity that leads to modifying its most superficial skin to give life to something new. The focus of the artist’s reflection is precisely that singular action that generates a personal and suggestive energy. The latter configures and permeates the entire composition, leading it to rise to an unusual position on the borderline between painting and sculpture and involving the viewer who reads and decodes that plot characterized by an almost violent impetuousness, but capable of giving amazing vitality to inanimate matter.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Hong Kong 1985 | lives in Hong Kong

Eric Fung Yee Lick | Arte Laguna Prize


Ink on paper
139×77 cm

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The work Diogenes ’Jar, produced with ink on paper, is inspired by the myth of the jar of Diogenes.
We are talking about a cartouche of considerable size, worked in black on white, with a Chinese technique that involves a subtle, almost imperceptible painting. We can find in the work of the artist Yee Lick Eric Fung the minimalism characteristic of the philosopher’s thought, who renounced everything and discovered simplicity. The work, in fact, is a set of parallel vertical and horizontal lines that meet to form small squares. The order is interrupted only by a small ideogram located slightly to the left.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Mariavittoria Crescini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Sydney, Australia 1983 | lives in Arcueil, France

Stephanie Gallagher | Arte Laguna Prize


Ink on paper
100×20 cm (20×20 cm each)

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Faded scenarios that blend in a liquid dimension, a tonal atmosphere of pale greens and blues, mottled by bright, pure and white pictorial interventions. The observer’s eyes wander within a view where the brightness of the colors is accompanied by a nebulous and distant reminiscence. Stephanie Gallagher investigates the boundaries between human beings and the world around them, opening up to existential dialogues, wondering what makes us who we are, to what extent we really exist and why we are here. Hermetic and unknown questions that are probably destined to remain open, nevertheless the artist tries to find answers, through the skies and seas that populate his canvases, evocative and poignant compositions with references to the natural world and the connection we have with it. Water is part of us, it passes through us, it keeps us alive, it is essentially an extension of our body and with it we change, we dream, we remember the past, but we also look to our future. Paintings that convey amazement and charm, leading us to understand how small we are compared to the immensity of the earth, of the grandiose space that hosts us.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Gavardo, Italy 1976 | lives in Prevalle, Italy

Emanuele Garletti | Arte Laguna Prize

WOMAN 05, 2018

Olio on canvas

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A fresh, expressionist and decisive brushstroke that emphasizes a formal and conceptual balance, unfolds in an almost dreamy and tranquil dimension, but at the same time extremely real.
The use of unnatural and aggressive oil colors or the traditional black and white, is followed by a liquid and instinctive stroke that shapes solid, motionless and silent female figures, who seem to free themselves from their body and its commodification; in fact, they are seated on an armchair that elevates them and which becomes a significant reference to the throne, an intimate and private corner, a strong contrast with ancient times and a direct reference to the past. They are works that celebrate the woman by estranging her from a time where diversity is highlighted, immortalizing her in portraits where she is represented in unconventional poses, alone with herself, which is the bearer of a message shared by the whole society. This is how Emanuele Garletti’s artistic research is constituted, with a contemporary implication and with a revolutionary interpretation that distinguishes his painting.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Saitama, Japan 1992 | lives in Iruma-si, Japan

Saori Hasegawa | Arte Laguna Prize

MAIGO NO FUKEI -NO.100, 2019

116.70×91 cm

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To be present. Here. Now. Be aware of what is happening around us. Live every instant, every moment. Living the time, even the voids. Live silence, thoughts, people. When we find ourselves submerged by the vicissitudes of life, we often forget about the present. When that faint little voice begins to haunt our innermost thoughts, there, at that precise moment, our vision is blurred. We are here but in reality we are elsewhere, poised between a rancorous past and an uncertain future. Hasegawa Saori with the work Maigo no Fukei questions himself about this: how to focus one’s mind, orienting it on the hesitant present. The painting, made of acrylic on canvas, shows the soul and body of the artist. The water lilies that are represented motionless and static seem petrified in an indefinite dimension. Hasegawa tries to immortalize the moment in a time and in a place now invisible to our eyes: the place of the present time. The stillness that emerges from observing the painting contrasts with the inexorable flow of life and with our attitude of wanting to control it at all costs, since it is certainly important to imagine and remember but it is equally important to experience what is happening at the very moment it happens.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Tartu, Estonia 1990 | lives in Tartu, Estonia

Miriam Hinn | Arte Laguna Prize

Anonymous Matter, 2021

Acrylic on canvas
180×180 cm

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Angular and vibrant shapes, wavy, mottled, dissimilar brushstrokes communicate with each other within a rich and harmonious composition, where all the parts are deconstructed and then compacted, positioned in a balanced way and painted with a tonal range of different and brilliant shades. The colors, in fact, are extremely bright and voluntarily unnatural, the result of a wise experimental manual skill, a rigorous and essential gesture that is found throughout the work. Fascinated by different sensory spheres, Hinn Mirjam focuses on contrasts, investigating the aspects of light and how each of us perceives this scientific phenomenon in a different way, how we hear sounds or how we experience a certain emotional event, whether it is positive or negative, regardless of what affects the individual. In this way, the artist, thanks to the use of abstract and dynamic figures, dissects the deepest and most unknown states of mind, searching for all their facets, through a visual language that is the representation of the common experiences of mankind.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Seoul, South Korea 1976 | lives in Mapo-gu, South Korea

Minhee Hur | Arte Laguna Prize


Gouache and graphite on canvas
130×970 cm

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Immortalize the light, with its colors and shapes; grasp the moment and the becoming in the glow, in the shades of yellow. This is the will of the artist, who, with simple tools such as canvas, graffiti and tempera, manages to capture the attention of the viewer, who, in turn, gives a different shape to what he is looking at. In fact, light takes different shapes and angles depending on who observes it, redesigning a new perspective and outlining a completely subjective outline.
The bright yellow is defined by the gouache technique which makes it opaque thanks to the white pigments; the series presents itself with backgrounds that change from gray dotted like stars, to glossy black, to almost phosphorescent green, giving to the “rocket” of light a glow and a dazzling shape, capable of delineating trajectories and engaging projections. Starting from a sphere drawn in the foreground, the neon yellow-green light is projected with an elliptical shape, returning the projection of the shadow delimited by a segmented line to the black background. Games of ellipses, series sequences, directional dotted lines, give a balance between the stable state of the work and the continuous change in the form of light. The spectator’s task is to let himself be carried away with the mind by beams of light that fade into the unknown until he feels the heat generated by the speed.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Brescia, Italy 1987 | lives in Brescia, Italy

Silvia Inselvini | Arte Laguna Prize


Ballpoint pen on paper, magnets, iron panel
126×120 cm

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A scratchy, stressful and continuous touch; this is Silvia Inselvini’s work; it is her personal writing to communicate to us his world. Through a repeated gesture on paper and iron panels, she reaches our interiority and scratches our thoughts as a sort of mark that cannot be erased. The ballpoint pen that scratches the sheet until the ink runs out, the metallic and mineral color of the magnet that fills the surface in its entirety, one groove after another, reflect a rituality, a constant commitment that recalls the passing of weather. An introspective life that is brought to light by the black, blue or red monochromatic color sign in a daily persistence, marked by the nights that replace the day; a tireless repetition that requires dedication, concentration and persistence. Signs that leave no room for blank or unfinished and attract the gaze of the one who lends himself to observe, as if captured by a magnet, the same one used to hold each single sheet. All this creates a pattern that repeats itself incessantly, just as the mark left on paper is incessant. A direct, sleepless and continuous communication that recalls life and its passing over the years. The night that returns, after everyday life, with its typical colors, a cradle of reflection and regeneration.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Uzice, Serbia 1989 | lives in Carpi, Italy

Nevena Ivanovic Guagliumi | Arte Laguna Prize


Ink charcoal on canvas
72,5×52 cm

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A sure and precise trait, an evident critique of consumerism presented in the form of a collective metaphor, what Ivanovic Guagliumi Nevena investigates is the search for a different point of view, from which society should begin to look at the world; perhaps an ideal aspiration, a dream that is too far away that we will not be able to reach. The figures, intentionally unfinished and sketched, according to conventional poses with a photographic cut, are represented around a table, utopically good and rich souls, to whom books are served, while they celebrate and sing hymns to this fortunate blessing. The artist’s intention is to remember that everyday life is made up of many things and that you don’t need material goods in abundance to be happy. Raised in an environment surrounded by orthodox icons, her strength has been greatly influenced by timelessness and the concept of eternity, themes that can be detected by the bright whites that men and women, painted in ink and charcoal, in their gestural intensity and all convey. their emotions and their intrinsic spirituality.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Pyskowice, Poland 1976 | lives in Gliwice, Poland

Malgorzata Jablonska | Arte Laguna Prize


Pigment print and embossing on handmade paper
49,5×31 cm

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The work, made with pigment printing and embossing on hand-made paper specially by the artist, reveals an autobiographical and symbolic story of a relationship between mother and daughter. The figures present themselves to us in two distinct ways, a printed section and consequently colored and another embossed, therefore white on white. The concept of duality is repeated several times: the mother and the daughter, the double technique and black and white, as if the artist wanted with all his might to emphasize this aspect.

In this work we see how a mother, an inexhaustible source of strength and love, acts as a springboard to the world for her daughter. A frowning look, typical of a parent who worries about the uncertain future that will come, but who still encourages those who love to face life by helping with experience and knowledge.

Black and white emphasizes this state of fear and strength, love and courage. By eliminating the use of color, we focus more on the emotionality of the scene.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Mariavittoria Crescini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Osaka, Japan 1995 | lives in Paris, France

Paul Jeanteur | Arte Laguna Prize


Ink on paper
150×100 cm

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The painting of Paul Jeanteur, born in Osaka, is influenced by his culture of origin and in his works there are references to Japanese graphic signs and ideograms. Constellation of unique shapes (2020), taken from the Crowd series, is an example. A chaotic set of signs stands out on the thin Korean paper, almost entirely filling its surface. The abstract forms that inhabit the painting, black and defined strokes alternating with stains of colored ink with soft hues, seem to be many small characters, a lively set of lives. The work was created by Jeanteur at the beginning of the pandemic emergency, a period during which the artist declared that he felt “both alone and in solidarity”. Constellation of unique shapes is an expression of these two antithetical sensations, a joyful representation of what had so unexpectedly failed: being in the midst of others. The artist underlines how the strength of a whole is given by the facets and particularities of each component, without which the same crowd would not exist. In fact, approaching the work, one grasps the singularity of each sign which, however, only together with the others, evokes in the viewer the impression of being in front of a multitude of people. It is a light and cheerful representation, in which a deep feeling and reflection come to life thanks to the delicacy of the ink brush strokes on the paper.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Ludovica De Vivi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Ishikawa, Japan 1981 | lives in Kagoshima-shi, Japan

Kita Kazuhiro | Arte Laguna Prize


Mud dyeing
140×170 cm

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A profound connection bonds man to nature. The human being is small and insignificant when compared to the natural forces that shake the planet. The artist lets himself be transported, even surrounded by nature, developing his works through the continuous intervention and the continuous becoming of nature itself. Its celebration is total, it becomes the creator of the work, always building new scenarios, never predictable and completely random. An atavistic parchment that is traced by the thin thread of life in a simple but at the same time glorious which reveals the power, but above all the beauty and the effective work of nature itself, which degrades and then creates, gives life to everything we see, to everything we have the most beautiful in the world. The artist is absorbed in his work, he is caressed by all this beauty and so he hopes we also do it, abandoning the central and protagonist vision we have of man to let ourselves go to this vision, to his own philosophy “Surrendered to Nature “.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Thanh Hoa, Vietnam 1988 | lives in Hoi An, Vietnam

Thuy Le | Arte Laguna Prize


Acrylic ,ink calligraphy
78×138 cm

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A deafening silence invades our body, takes possession of us, of our history, of our experience. It overwhelms us with its desolation, amplifying this sense of sublime perdition that transpires looking at the work. Le Thuy manipulates silk, a support capable of expressing the enigmatic contrast between beauty and death. The majesty of nature and the mystery of the night are evoked by the disruptive pictorial representation of this stormy, gloomy sea, from whose nebulosity a faint hiss of hope emerges, given by those light touches of light made with acrylic color.

An apotropaic work capable of making manifest the most poignant thoughts of the beholder; the viewer is swallowed by the depths of this ocean, getting lost in a silent, tacit space, a refuge for all those who need a place of redemption.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Charlotte, United States 1980 | lives in Charlotte, United States

Andrew Leventis | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil on canvas
91×120 cm

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Andrew Leventis offers us a contemporary still-life in which a complex of frozen foods becomes the absolute protagonist of the composition. The artist focuses on the inside of a simple refrigerator crammed with colorful packages of food products, which constitute a sort of means to show us an unusual slice of everyday life. The title Freezer Box (Vanitas) alludes to a dimension of emptiness and precariousness, stimulating in the observer a reflection linked to the ephemeral condition of human existence as well as of things. In fact, the represented foodstuffs reveal themselves to the artist as real fields of study and ideas for investigating and deepening issues related to consumerism and the fleetingness of time. Leventis made these oil paintings during the pandemic period, observing how panic has pushed many people to buy food stocks which, even accumulated in his own refrigerator, have become the object of inspiration for his compositions which, in their simple appearance contain instead a dense universe of meanings.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Suide, China 1986 | lives in Beijing, China

Dongli Ma | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil on canvas
90×60 cm

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A group of monochrome figures, defined with small precise and close touches, surround a television, the undisputed protagonist, installed in place of a man’s head, direct and explicit reference to the mass media and their power in every part of the world. The other characters have technological devices, such as cameras and microphones, and two of them are spotlights focused on the celebrity interviewed. In fact, you can see a bright yellow glow with flashes of white, between shadows and lights, to illuminate the focal point of the scene. A glaring one criticism of our time, of television and social media, which in recent years has increasingly influenced the daily life of individuals and has changed the way people enjoy multimedia content. Through a work that aims to be a constructive analysis of what surrounds him, Dongli Ma represents his personal vision of a twisted, hidden and manipulated truth, in which information is shared, spread very quickly, where it is difficult to recognize the real news from deceptive ones

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Monaco di B., Germany 1957 | lives in Starnberg, Germany

Nataly Maier | Arte Laguna Prize


Egg tempera on canvas
110×110 cm

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The geometric rigor that structures the composition contrasts with the soft and vaguely veiled tone of the panels in Nataly Maier’s work. The rigidity and the function of delimiting the space, typical of the demarcation lines of the chromatic modules, is in fact attenuated by the delicacy of the colors that suggest a dreamy dimension and infuse the observer with a feeling of airy lightness. The white of the lines separating the squares reduces the contrast between the colors of the different areas, making the visual transition from one tone to another less clear. The artist communicates the poetry of his inner world through a subtle balance of colors, whose association seems to express a festive and joyful dimension that recalls the atmosphere of a bright morning. The title Sconfinitudine 88 contains within itself the paradox of the work which, at the very moment in which it represents boundaries, suggests the idea of ​​their overcoming.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Biarritz, France 1990 | lives in Moissac, France

Chavaren Mathieu | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil on canvas
60×50 cm

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It is in the unity of opposites that the universe finds the balance for its existence, two dichotomous elements, in constant conflict, which exist one by virtue of the other, generating the force that keeps the world alive. The identities that Chavaren Mathieu concretizes in Langage Intérior are very distinct identities, complementary energies that affirm themselves in their connection by establishing a mutual dialogue. This, like an archetypal writing, draws the viewer into his story and connects to his innermost conscience, thus making him open to new visions and possibilities. As the line of the earth disperses on the horizon and merges with the immensity of the sky, in the same way the black and white placed on the canvas by the artist enter into a relationship by responding, canceling and compensating each other. Through their conversation they create a constant tension that oscillates between full and empty, between spirit and matter; this places the observer in a position to go beyond the limit of the picture, overcome the tangible dimension and make an intimate journey within himself.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Granada, Spain 1978 | lives in Granada, Spain

Belen Mazuecos | Arte Laguna Prize


Acrylic on paper
114×140 cm

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Belén Mazuecos (Granada, Spain – 1978) carries out his training in national academies and universities, in the field of Fine Arts and Social Cultural Anthropology.

She uses artistic language inspired by her personal life and the world around her. He shares the thinking of some contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons, Maurizio Cattelan and Damien Hirst, with respect to the idea of ​​commodification of art that characterizes the contemporary era.

Mazuecos argues that his research objective is to: “present a visual ethnography of the field of art […], underlining the difficulty of accessing and adapting to this competitive system”. It highlights the complexity of being an artist today, compared to an endangered animal, which must be protected and safeguarded, where art galleries and buyers are the masters.

In his works he represents the artist rido * a merchandise, exploited by those who, instead, should enhance them. Usually he uses two non-colors: black acrylic and the white of the paper or canvas. Thanks to new technologies and the skilful use of the Internet, today the artist is risking himself, using social media to promote his business as a small entrepreneur.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Rome, Italy 1995 | lives in Rome, Italy

Tommaso Moretti | Arte Laguna Prize


Graphite pencil on F4 paper
50×55 cm

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A magnificent trapped deer, a prisoner of himself, finds himself surrounded by brutal and enemy vegetation. Tommaso Moretti’s research is built on symbols and metaphors of nature, which refer to the exploitation of animals by human beings. In fact, the representation of a suffering figure who tries to free himself from the intricate interweaving of his own horns, transformed into roots, which does not allow him to escape, persists; a condition that emerges in a tangible way. The technique used is that of graphite drawing, with which the artist meticulously constructs the scene and the details, so dense and real, capable of sensitizing and catalyzing the attentive gaze of the observer on this kind of problem, which afflicts the fauna of the our planet. The lightness and strength of the pencil outlines light and dark shapes, in a passage of shadows and lights that emerge on the perceptible blades of grass and on the hair of the subject’s body. It is a universal and precise narrative, on which the author of the work invites our conscience to reflect.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Yalta, Ukraine 1989 | lives in Zurich, Switzerland

Veronika Moshnikova | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil on canvas
110×150 cm

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The end of a brush that rests delicately on the canvas, a small point, an event that is created by feeling an impetuous energy, becomes so big, accompanied by many other same elements that, on the surface, make up a work of extraordinary metaphorical interpretation. Signs positioned according to a precise conviction, in the act of creating a formal and balanced arrangement. The artist paints a map by investigating the concepts of silence and memory which, intrepid, materialize in the bright color of intense and vibrant reds, in contrast with the whiteness of the background that welcomes them, giving an entire immersive and real space in which to place oneself. The temporal essence is plumbed, deconstructed and recomposed in the form of an intangible abstraction, a vague word, an imaginary idea that resembles the past, today and what is to come. It is a profound and patient process that Moshinikova Veronika experiences with her art, a passionate research aimed at the discovery of what we all call time.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Cincinnati, United States 1983 | lives in Cincinnati, United States

Adam Mysock | Arte Laguna Prize


Acrylic paint on hardboard panel
100×116 cm

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The lie is the main theme on which the artist Mysock Adam focuses who, through an approach at times provocative, shows a real catalog of the lie. His work How Did We Get Here consists of a set of small miniature portraits, a format conventionally used to accommodate the paintings of ancestors, which in this case depict historical characters or gestures of all those who initiated the artist into the art of lying and which he considers to be his masters, due to the influence they have exercised on his ability to distort the truth. The work stems from a reflection on how much a so-called right education stigmatizes the lie and distances us from lying while, paradoxically, history and contemporary society are steeped in lies that very often become an integral part of a narrative linked to success and power. Mysock therefore does not pose himself with a critical or moralistic attitude towards the subject but, with a disenchanted and at times cynical gaze, he shows us his vision of a world that he now considers in the hands of liars.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Fukuoka, Japan 1984 | lives in Chiba, Japan

Yumi Nishimura | Arte Laguna Prize

#0920, 2020

Acrylic, handwoven textile, wooden frame
153×153 cm

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A dense plot, intertwining before our eyes, gives life to a unitary whole with a soul, an intimate reflection of the artist’s interiority. As if we were witnessing a suggestive transformation, in this work a simple line created with a thread that evolves, changes its appearance and its primordial meaning, reinterpreting the surrounding space and resulting in a lively, effective three-dimensionality. Yumi Nishimura, driven by a growing need for essentiality and a return to original materials, is able to give to her work corporeity, substance, concreteness capable of supporting the weight of the individual actions that compose it. The processes of dyeing, weaving, preparation of the base, sewing and painting express the importance of manual skills, of constant and repeated action over time, of design and compositional meticulousness and of the creative act which, taking shape, becomes material.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Pietropinto, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Bondo, France 1957 | lives in Salernes, France

Frédérique Nolet De Brauwere | Arte Laguna Prize

ESPACE 12 10 20, 2020

Ink and pencil on paper
115×115 cm

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A delicate setting, full of points, lines, curls, suggestions that try to capture the observer within an ethereal dimension. A timeless non-place that welcomes the minute gestures of the artist, who, through a sort of meditation, concentrates to trace infinite paths, reaching directly to the heart of the material. The artistic research of Nolet de Brauwere Frédérique is characterized by the light use of ink and graphite, which are identified on the support as short impressions, with small touches and flashes of light and dark gray, tiny details let themselves be carried away by themselves. , from the primordial signs of their creation. As if it were an invisible and secret writing, an effect of transparency manifests itself on the back of the translucent paper, which focuses on the tension between image and meaning. Forms that seem to have nothing to reveal, but distinctly contain all their conceptual strength in dynamism, which reverberates in a constant rhythm that pervades the entire space.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Savigliano, Italy 1996 | lives in Centallo, Italy

Giulia Otta | Arte Laguna Prize


Graphite and encil on paper
29×19 cm

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This work, made with colored pencils and graphite on paper, captures some tourists in a moment of calm and rest. One of those travel fragments considered not memorable, albeit necessary and characterizing. The artist decides to show what is normally not very relevant, even if present and recurrent in an experiential situation. Another key element of this representation is the lack of context in which the characters are inserted, which, however, is not felt the lack thanks to the compensation given by the position of the same. In fact, one immediately perceives the situation and the place where the tourists are, almost as if the need to see it represented is overshadowed. The bench, a great absent from the scene, thus becomes a metaphor, no longer a tangible and functional element, but an almost spiritual space for meeting and sharing. It becomes no longer a support but a metaphysical space of personal interchange.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Mariavittoria Crescini, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Preston, United Kingdom 1964 | lives in Preston, United Kingdom

Mark Parkinson | Arte Laguna Prize


Pen and ink on paper
68×48 cm

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The drawings a series of framed pen and ink drawings based around the experience of living on council estates of the 60-80s, each image represents a moment, memory or trigger. Some of the events are light and funny but others are tragic, whilst the theme may be initially autobiographical, there are many people from these places that have had the same or similar experiences.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Bordeaux, France 1972 | lives in St Martin, Guadeloupe

Florence Poirier Nkpa | Arte Laguna Prize


Paper, print, engraving
147×101 cm

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A surreal atmosphere connotes A l’aube (Sunrise), linocut of the French artist Florence Poirier-Nkpa which, through a very rich iconographic proposal of images with a strongly symbolic value, juxtaposed without an apparent logical criterion, guides the viewer on a path to dreamlike traits, in which it is possible to get lost. The painter, creating cohesion between distant space-time dimensions, elaborates a universe full of stimuli that contains references to the most varied aspects of human life, including nature, art, religion, myth but also elements of everyday life. It is a work that can be enjoyed by abandoning the pretense of a rational reading and letting oneself be carried away like a flâneur by the curiosity and pleasure of entering a labyrinth of suggestions. The contrast between disturbing or enigmatic images and others that evoke serene and pleasant natural spaces reflects the contradictions and ambivalences typical of life, with respect to which the author opens a glimmer of hope, also suggested by the title of the composition, which alludes to the possibility to continue to believe in ideals.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Caterina Atropia, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Ahmedabad, India 1984 | lives in Ahmedabad, India

Vipul Prajapati | Arte Laguna Prize


Graphite and pencil on canvas
190×132 cm

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Not all things that inhabit our world can be experienced with the senses. As human beings we are not allowed to grasp all that is transcendent, wedged as we are in a universe made of matter. The surface that surrounds our dimension often manages to limit the gaze in a framework of double sentences: what exists and what does not exist.
The work Memory is the fourth dimension to any landscape, by Vipul Prajati, wants to bring to mind the human impossibility of knowing the metaphysical, the reality beyond things. It is in this debate that memory manages to take its place, becoming a fundamental element for the observation and understanding of t he landscapes in which we find ourselves. Each place is a stage for encounters, a terrain in which destinies are reunited, often simply on different timelines: it is on this concept that the work in question is based, a work that retraces the pages of memory, managing to visualize this between the lines. which is not yet written, but which we are allowed to imagine. Memory thus becomes a truth to be investigated, an ethereal and fluctuating stasis that permeates all the spaces we pass through, all the spaces we have lived and which we now finally remember.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Natalie Zangari, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Savona, Italy 1977 | lives in Celle Ligure, Italy

Alex Raso | Arte Laguna Prize


Mixed media on canvas
150×120 cm

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An ancient representation, typical of the Italian Renaissance: Sant’Anna, her daughter Maria, the Child Jesus and San Giovannino. They are the protagonists of this canvas, figures that capture the observer’s gaze in an intense meditative concentration. Experimenter of many techniques, Alex Raso creates images with a solid expressive value, where the details, highlighted by the sign and gestural force, investigate the central aspects of his reflection. Drawing and painting establish a formal and foundational balance, communicating together and openly in a functional way. The colors, with earthy tones, expand on the surface, now with delicate, liquid and veiled brushstrokes, now defined and layered, materializing in the latent shapes that become blurred and increasingly unattainable. The light, spread out in large strokes, creates vivid pictorial effects, where reality and spirituality meet. A timeless depiction of a work that seems worn, which holds the signs of the passage of time, invites us to be contemplated by immersing ourselves in the depth of this silent narrative.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Swietochlowice, Poland 1969 | lives in London, United Kingdom

Witold Ridel | Arte Laguna Prize


Pollution ink on paper
28×38 cm

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Everything is interconnected, affects something else, is modified by something else. Everything that is done comes back in a continuous circle that never stops; this circle has a life and a dark presence. The work smells of death, of car exhaust, of oil, of pollution. Global warming and climate change are caused by the same particles used to make these designs. Some circles are pulsating, vibrating, screaming ATTENTION !; others seem the ghosts of themselves, dull, almost surrendered to the indifference of civilization. Each of these seems to want to fill the universal flow of life, where everything is in balance, where everything is destined to change. Ninety-six requests for help, ninety-six requests for caution towards the invisible, or perhaps not, messages that the Earth sends us. Don’t close your eyes and let it all flow. We don’t talk about the future, we talk about the here and now.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Alessia Calzoni, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Orvieto, Italy 1963 | lives in Orvieto, Italy

Maurizio Rosella | Arte Laguna Prize


Mixed media, oil, acrylic and spray
106×156 cm

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The desire to resist, the awareness of being now brutally in front of his own end, being eye to eye with his own destiny.
Remain steadfast, in spite of forecasts and what seems to us the inevitable choice of the Moira in front of the threads that wrap our lives.
Therefore, decide not to give up.
Still present, by Rosella Maurizio, is a hymn to all the spits of our life, to all the times we have decided to cling to what little hope we have left in our hands and to grasp our desires strongly, leaving us behind. the pains of the past. With this work, the artist manages to speak to all of us, while maintaining a strong autobiographical meaning, finally making it clear how much everyone can empathize with a universal theme like this.
The title of the work wants to remember the response to the appeal of the soldiers who survived the front after the assaults of the First World War, presenting us the portrait of the resilience of man and showing us hands that cling to a hypothetical stick, ready to deliver a blow that be pure testimony of their still existing, of being therefore still present.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Natalie Zangari, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Piacenza, Italy 1974 | lives in Piacenza, Italy

Brigitta Rossetti | Arte Laguna Prize


Mixed media on canvas, blotting paper, acrylic and pigments
130×160 cm

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Plant elements that blend together, between the abstract and the figurative, between transparency and materiality, in engaging settings. In addition to traditional painting, various mediums also come into play, such as enamels, pigments and acrylics, which are experimented and deepened during the creative process on canvas, fabric and blotting paper. A deep and intense representation that is linked to memory, through the transposition of a nature that Brigitta Rossetti investigates in detail, a journey back in time within a work that is the mirror of the artist’s personal experience, an essential autobiography and vital in all his research. The huge flowers are the protagonists of this painting, created with a full-bodied and layered painting that, at times, almost seems to want to come out of the support, while leaving behind a trail, a trace of those faded, veiled, overlapping and deleted. An artistic process that places us in front of the grandeur of the cosmos and its essence, a refined lyricism that intersects with the small gestures of everyday life, in a dreamlike dimension of a landscape suspended between symbolic and imaginary visions.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Reggio Calabria, Italy 1972 | lives in Reggio Calabria, Italy

Tina Sgro | Arte Laguna Prize


Acrylic on canvas
118×100 cm

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A baroque piece of furniture, a vibrant light that enters from the nearby window, the warm tones that invade the intimacy of a room. This pictorial work is imbued with a powerful, memorial and rarefied atmosphere, the interior tells us of a past full of distant memories, as if it were the photograph of an abandoned corner that brings back dreams and emotions, mixed with a present light. is alive. Tina Sgro’s painting is characterized by a soft, dynamic and signic brushstroke, the synthetic touch defines lived and muffled environments, where now only the silence of the remaining objects dwells, incorporated in a suspended time, where a mute memory, which never comes fully revealed, it makes the observer participate, called to give shape and identity to what he sees. A space that suddenly comes alive, amid puffs of dust and evocations of a deep and personal melancholy that takes over the artist’s soul, translating into dream images, between mirage and reality. The figure is absent, there is no human trace in these uninhabited places, only lifeless elements persist, immobile to fill that left void.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Beijing, China 1996 | lives in Shanghai, China

Shiyao Tang | Arte Laguna Prize


Oil painting on plaster board
40×30 cm

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It is an existential poem, an ode to life, a universal song of presence that Tang ShiYao tells through his painting An inaudible story. A silent story, made up of thoughts and small perceptions, which can be grasped and understood by those who choose to go beyond the pictorial surface to listen to their true voice. The delicate brush strokes tell of the force of the wind that gently shakes the canopy of the trees of Nanchen; the latter generate a familiar rustle, similar to the waves of the sea breaking one upon the other, and – illuminated by the street lamps – project their own peculiar shapes on the asphalt giving rise to singular plays of light and shadow, full and empty. Man participates in that plot on the ground through his casual path and, for a moment, reality seems to merge, become inseparable: precisely in that path, in that particular connection, everything seems to be able to find its right place in the world.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Melissa Freti, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Tirane, Albania 1985 | lives in Torino, Italy

Mirela Strora | Arte Laguna Prize

UN GRIDO MUTO #2, 2020

Oil on canvas
80×80 cm

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A silent but deafening cry. A cry that penetrates the eardrums in the most intense silence. A cry that, deprived of its form, arises from inner necessity and from the dialogue with the Self. The brushstrokes and gestural spatulas are bare of their own dress – the configuration – as if the need to fill the void were only metaphysical. These infinite contrasting emotions, imprinted in oil on canvas, scream soundlessly the need for a rebirth, a resurrection, an awakening to make visible the memory of a visceral instinct that belongs to us: the voice. This voice is the echo of the most intimate and private memories that, as soon as we close our eyes, we see them, hear them and imagine them in a tangle of misunderstood shapes ready to make us feel the warmth we felt at that moment. Sharpness and confusion, reason and impulse, memories and amnesia are the keywords to describe the scream, after all, the latter is nothing more than the tearing of our soul. This cry is silent, yet we hear it.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Buochs, Switzerland 1959 | lives in Zürich, Switzerland

Philipp Wyrsch | Arte Laguna Prize


Painting Installation
175×175 cm

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Those that the artist Wyrsch Philipp paints on the white aseptic walls are black, strong, decisive lines. Lines that are silhouetted on the wall firmly and without too much precision, letting the randomness of the brush govern the instinct of the gesture.

The theme of space reigns supreme in this work, going beyond what for many are to be considered as barriers; in fact the segmented lines traced along the wall suddenly cross over and cover part of the floor as well. Just like when we were children and without even noticing, we drew lines – apparently meaningless – on the sheet, but also coloring the table on which we rested. Here, perhaps in order to understand this work, we need to go back to being a child, when we did not yet impose limits on ourselves. The artist wants to break through the barrier of space, whether it is social, architectural or more simply imaginary, and let his pictorial gestures wander around the room in search of a path to take.
Looking at the work, we would not be surprised if the lines also continued on the wall of the upper floor and all of this gives us a veil of mystery and curiosity.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Laura Pintossi, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Osaka, Japan 1970 | lives in Osaka, Japan

Naomi Yuki | Arte Laguna Prize

SEA OR SKY, 2020

Oil on canvas
97×130 cm

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Sea or sky. Sea and sky. Sky above the sea. Sea under the sky. The two are like mirrors that reflect each other during the day and listen to each other at night, they are one: they become so impossible to distinguish. This veiled, delicate and abstract image, created in oil on canvas, is intent on showing the essence of things, the essence of our soul that is expressed with animated, dynamic, particular and original figures. The latter could be perceived as a shadow of the human race as they demonstrate that our minds cannot stop reflecting: while we observe each work of art we begin to reason rather than feel. The artist educates us to perceive, to feel emotions as well as to teach us to forget to think.
A man’s soul is very similar to both the sea and the sky, it has its storms and its thunderstorms, it has its tides and its lightning, but in its depths it has both its pearls and its stars. The sea and the sky live within each of us.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Sulbie Osmani, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia


born in Montegiorgio, Italy 1965 | lives in Velletri, Italy

Zizza | Arte Laguna Prize


Acrylic and oil on canvas
80×80 cm

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An art that is openly reflected towards architecture, an expressive language strongly influenced by the last century, in which buildings and buildings had become the emblem of the bourgeoisie and a fundamental point of reference in all the districts of Rome. Urban landscapes become the undisputed protagonists of Marilena Ramadori’s research, a modern poetic that focuses on the forms of inhabited buildings, but also on society, which looks at the city with different eyes. The artist, in fact, prefers to study the detail rather than the whole, to highlight innovative aspects and apparently unknown aesthetic profiles. The geometry creates a delicate, spontaneous and personal lyricism, accompanied by colors obtained through fleeting brushstrokes, but at the same time defined and in sharp contrast with the background, which is more expressive, with a liquid rendering and mixed shades. The blue, bluish, orange red and purple tones enrich the structures with new light, which are reborn by insisting between the perception of reality and the imagination, a veiled memory that gives us a vivid and original representation of the city configuration.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Lorenza Romeo, Accademia di Belle Arti Santa Giulia di Brescia