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PREMIO ARTE LAGUNA   21.03.2014
ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE: THE WINNERS OF THE EIGHTH EDITION HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED

 

ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE: THE WINNERS OF THE EIGHTH EDITION HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED

Venice –With the proclamation of the five overall winners, the eighth edition of Arte Laguna Prize reached its conclusion and its climax.

The jury who selected them - chaired by Igor Zanti, director of IED and curator - includes some names of the international art scene: Enrico Bettinello, Italy, director of Teatro Fondamenta Nuove; Silvia Ferri de Lazara, Italy, director of Fondazione March; Victoria Lu, China, creative director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Taiwan, Domenico Quaranta, Italy, critic and curator; Veeranganakumari Solanki, India, independent curator and art writer; Miguel Amado, Portugal, curator of the Portuguese pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale; Sabrina Van Der Ley, Norway, Contemporary Art department at Nasjonalmuseet in Oslo; Andrea Viliani, Italy, director of Museum MADRE in Naples; Jonathan Watkins, Great Britain, director of Ikon Gallery; Claudia Zanfi, Italy, art historian and cultural manager.

The winners, one for each section of the Prize – Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Video art and Performance, Virtual Art – were awarded a cash prize of 7,000 Euros each.

PAINTING SECTION
Winner: Bianca de Gier (Gouda, The Netherlands)
Work: The Four Seasons (nr. 56)
Motivation: "The work is based at the same time on the research and the practice of painting, by unveiling the reflection, the intimate reaction of global communications and of the contemporary information flow and by investigating the thin connection between individual and collective memory".

SCULPTURE SECTION
Winner: Elaine Byrne (Dublin, Ireland)
Work: Raum           
Motivation: "The jury selected this work since it combines modernist architectural references with a personal approach, with the memories of lived experiences. The work also tears down the boundaries between language and nationality, by deconstructing the physical and emotional walls we build around us. This work is a powerful metaphor of the relationship between the individual and society in our times".

PHOTOGRAPHY SECTION
Winner: Victoria Campillo (Barcelona, Spain)
Work: Gardens
Motivation: "The work was awarded for the originality of the subject, the ability to translate pre-existing structures of daily use into images, turning them into a conceptual work, with an ironic approach to the history of contemporary art."

VIDEO ART AND PERFORMANCE SECTION
Winner: Apiyo Amolo (Kenya)
Work: Not Swiss Made
Motivation: "For the contents addressing the issue of identity in a profoundly contemporary manner, combining the refined technical and compositional research with a highly topical approach."

VIRTUAL ART SECTION
Winners: Émilie Brout & Maxime Marion (Nancy, France -  Forbach, France)
Work: Dérives
Motivation: "The work subverts and revitalizes both the history of cinema and the tradition of found footage videos, offers a powerful visual metaphor of the liquid nature of the digital medium, and of the daily experience of surfing an infinite hypertext."

The exhibition is open to the public in the venues of the Arsenale, the Telecom Italia Future Centre and the Romanian Institute through April 6, 2014 every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m,, admission free.

 

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