born in Madrid, Spain 1988 | lives in Madrid, Spain

Abel Azcona | Arte Laguna Prize


Performance installation

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One euro, one dollar or one hundred pesos, the value to reconstruct the lack of maternal intercourse. Three minutes, the time to establish a bond, an imposed bond, possible only through the wallet. The body, naked and helpless, used as an object and as a means, like a blank canvas on which to retrace and record sensations and emotions that can tell the story of its origins. Through the performance Empatía y Prostitución Abel Azcona tells, denounces and exorcizes his own existence trying to empathize, approach and recover a relationship, a connection that never existed with the biological mother who gave him into the world and then abandoned following a conception which was the background of error and prostitution. The artist therefore uses the artistic means to carry out an action of reunion with himself, a step towards his ego, a gesture that binds his past, his present and his future, filling the gaps and  affective absences present from his birth.

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


born in Napoli, Italy 1957/1969 | lives in Napoli, Italy

Gennaro Cimmino e Franco Silvestro | Arte Laguna Prize


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With the performance Dennis with Flowers, the experience of duality, both personal and human, is investigated.

In the sphere of subjectivity, the artist embarks on a path that links his Catholic education with the constant propensity towards a precise ideal of beauty, which keeps the sense of play and amazement intact.

It is also a work built around binomials that characterize humanity, investigating the aspects that most make men such as: good and evil, light and dark, stillness and dynamism, the diabolical and the angelic, guilt and atonement.

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


born in Monemvasia, Greece 1971 | lives in Athens, Greece

Ioannis Karounis | Arte Laguna Prize

NATURE, 2015

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Man will now have to decide more than ever whether to cut the branch that supports him on the tree of life.

The general notion which dominated in many societies during the past saw nature as a stable reality defining human life. Man conformed with nature’s insuperable power instead of seeking to adjust this power to his needs. The man of the 20th towards nature, wanting to extract its secrets, abuse its sources and subdue from most dangerous  manifestations. Man pays the price of his arrogant will to become master, not only of our planet, but of the entire universe. My responsibility embraces not only the people of our time, but also those of tomorrow, those who haven’t even yet been born. My responsibility stands in between my freedom as a human being and the innate value of a living reality claiming of me its continuity of existence. century, though, was becoming more and more aggressive.


born in Moscow, Russia 1984 | lives in Moscow, Russia

Pavel Kiselev | Arte Laguna Prize


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Limits are part of our lives. They are part of our minds. There are barriers in our heads that we try to touch and overcome. Something liberating happens thanks to strength and determination. The limits searches for and overcomes these obstacles, drawing and erasing them in turn. Through this work, the artist Pavel Kiselev tells the story of a subject who travels, inspects and explores not only new perspectives and new scenarios, but also his own deepest self. The traces we leave behind us are not forgotten because they are shadows that build our history, our experience, our past and help to find and discover other paths, setting us back on the road to look for something else. In this way the history of each of us is written. Limits are often just illusions.

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


born in Karaganda, Kazakhstan 1969 | lives in Moscow, Russia

Lucky Lee | Arte Laguna Prize


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The performance of the Russian artist Lucky Lee is articulated around a main theme: peace. With self-irony, colors and typical dances, a kind of non-violent and festive event is generated through which the public, whatever it is, is to be involved, spurring it to break down the prejudices true the foreigner.

In fact, Lucky Lee decides to play this game starting from a disadvantage, embodying the invader – the terrible Russian – as he defines himself, showing his marked Asian features, wearing typical clothes and masking the performers as golden tanks that shoot confetti. It is thus able to perfectly exorcise the fear of the foreigner, of the immigrant with a different culture, which current politicians instill in the mind (and conscience) of the population, and does so with the cry of: Make Love Not War.

Others before him have fought this battle against prejudice, the substantial difference lies in the modality adopted: the party for peace. Almost as if by the time of the performance everyone forgets the origin and the color of the skin of those around them, becoming brothers and soldiers who fight for the same goal, equality.

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


born in Fujian, China 1993 | lives in Tianjin, China

Bainian Lu | Arte Laguna Prize


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A Flag, usually represents a group, is also the symbol of a certain kind of spirit, idea or faith. As the symbol of different political forces, flags unite the small parts but also cause splits over the whole. “There are various kinds of forces in the world, but I don’t like any of them. Because they all mean to imply one person’s control over another. The only force that makes me feel comfortable is the one within ourselves. ” The Flagpole uses a human body as a flagpole to raise a question: when we stand up and wave our flag, are we bound by the definition of the flag, just like a tool, while disregarding the fact that the person himself/herself should get the real attention?


born in Rome, Italy 1993 | lives in London, United Kingdom

Chiara Mu | Arte Laguna Prize


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Video-documentation of my performance piece for Macro Museum (Rome, January 2019) based on 5 women, blind from birth, connecting with each visitor for 10 days in daily one-to-one performances. Thanks to a workshop that also lasted 10 days, we produced a tactile language that allowed each performer to tell stories about herself entirely through emotional touch and silence. Visitors were taken by hand and accompanied inside a space in dim light in which they experienced relinquishing their physical control and being guided through a sequence of movements, each time different, that ended with a single word whispered in the ear.


born in Aosta, Italy 1998 | lives in Aosta, Italy

Leonardo Sinopoli | Arte Laguna Prize

331, SAY THEIR NAMES, 2020

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Names that are transcribed, black on white, like all the complaints that are addressed to the authorities for violence never understood, but always carried out, against human beings. Charcoal that is not wasted, which serves to remember all those who have had an immense will to live; a love for Life that belongs to all of us, but which unfortunately has been cut off. We observe their names that cry out for a change, at the request for that unconditional love that all our hearts and minds can give to our neighbor, to the other. A request for equality, but above all for a smile, or a hand, from the LGBT community.

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


born in Halle, Germany 1981 | lives in Leipzig, Germany

Louise Walleneit | Arte Laguna Prize


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An inverse, alternative world, the digital made of concrete things, without pixels. Body language becomes essential to fully understand the importance of communication. No use of words, only reshaped and remodeled gestures.

Physicality in digital experiential format, in such a way as to make the social experience tangible in digitization. A virtual contact that is transformed into the language of the physical body. An interactive room capable of referring to the viewer their own movements through a contact of proximity-distance that can be transported to digital communication. The virtual space surrounds and encompasses the non-virtual corporeality of the performance, making it almost difficult to separate the two worlds.

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


born in Madrid, Spain 1990 | lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands
born in Milan, Italy 1998 | lives in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Marta Worner | Arte Laguna Prize

STRATA, 2020

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An unfathomable border that is drawn in a suspended time. Each slow sigh is silent, imperceptible, lost in the atmosphere. A space is shared, lived, which is transformed. Everything converges in a dance of intertwining and discovery of the other; an overwhelming and emotional experience that draws our attention. The white is colored by the black layer of the dust raised by the stones present on the ground, which are collected and passed from hand to hand, as if to form a solid identity between them and the artists.

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