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Urban Art

DMAV

born in Gorizia, Italy 1972 | lives in Martignacco, Italy

DMAV | Arte Laguna Prize

DOUBLIN’ – PUBLIC ART PROJECT IN TRIESTE OLD TOWN, 2019

Glass, neon, metal

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It is a luminous itinerary with evocative tones, the one that the DMAV collective has designed in order to celebrate the close relationship that the Dublin-born writer, James Joyce, had established with Trieste, a city full of charm and constant suggestions. On the occasion of “Bloomsday 2019. A party for Joyce” and in collaboration with the James Joyce Museum, the alleys of the characteristic Cavana were illuminated by neon lights that want to remember the places that most touched the sensibility of the Irish writer, inspiring him to drafting of his famous Ulysses. Streets, taverns and buildings have become a surprising meeting point between twentieth-century Dublin and contemporary Trieste, thus giving rise to a dialogue capable of resurfacing the words and thoughts of some of the protagonists of twentieth-century literature. Thanks to the artistic-literary path, which intends to show the dualistic nature of the picturesque neighborhood made of art and real life, it is finally possible to access – even just for one evening – that unstoppable flow of consciousness that James Joyce so exalted and that has allowed to empathize with the men and women belonging to the “century of unrest”.

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

SHOSHA KAMAL

born in Cairo, Egypt 1986 | lives in Cairo, Egypt

Shosha Kamal | Arte Laguna Prize

REVIVING HUMANITY MEMORIAL, 2018

Marble

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The Shosha Kamal design house in Sharm El-Sheikh on the occasion of the 2018 World Youth Forum is a celebration of the values ​​of equality and unity. The unmistakably solid and cold materiality of marble has been transformed into pure warmth and energy vital thanks to the permanent installation Reviving Humanity Memorial. 120 are the artists from as many countries around the world who have been called to shape, each with their own technique and style, one of the 120 pieces of this evocative collective installation, which intends to remember and enhance our common nature, to the in order to demonstrate the shared desire and will to overcome the physical and cultural differences that have separated us for too long. Thanks to Reviving Humanity Memorial the human heart, the symbol par excellence of universal love, is no longer a fragile and silent beat, but an integral part of a rhythmic, vibrant and continuous thunder, animated by the warmth and vitality that unites and unites all human beings.

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

GRZEGORZ ŁOZNIKOW

born in Jelenia Góra, Poland 1983 | lives in Reykjavik, Iceland

Grzegorz Loznikow | Arte Laguna Prize

WINTER CONSTRUCTIONS, 2019

Snow, spray paint

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The Winter Structures cycle was created after the biggest snowfall in Reykjavik which inspired me to make strong shapes with aggressive colors in urban space.

Delicate objects can survive only a few days in space, confusing people passing through the streets.

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

BOA MISTURA

born in Madrid, Spain 1983 | lives in Madrid, Spain

Mistura Boa | Arte Laguna Prize

LUZ NAS VIELAS, 2012

Paint

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The characteristic vielas and tortuous becos of the Brazilian favelas are transformed, thanks to the urban art work Luz Nas Vielas by the Boa Mistura collective, into lively arteries which, through incisive words and changing colors, are able to transport true vitall energy along their path. It is an urban and social redevelopment project that the artists wanted to implement within a context that, too often, influences and profoundly marks the lives of its inhabitants. Through a synergistic collaboration and direct involvement of the resident community, this space has had the opportunity to be perceived for the first time with a new and surprising gaze which, in its immediacy and simplicity of language, intends to re-evaluate the space and the casual placement of its homes, giving them a real raison d’etre. «BELEZA», «FIRMEZA», «AMOR», «DOÇURA» and «ORGULHO» appear, like lights in the night, on the multicolored walls, thus giving life to a national anthem in which each word is the active bearer of meanings and values ​​which, now more than ever, they allow the community to finally feel at home.

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

MISTER CAOS

born in Milan, Italy 1992 | lives in San Donato Milanese, Italy

Mister Caos | Arte Laguna Prize

45°24’24.6″N 9°16’02.3″E, 2020

Paint

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Essential, desperate, silent is the poetry that the street artist Mister Caos wanted to donate to his neighborhood of origin, located on the outskirts of San Donato Milanese. It is only through an aerial vision that it is possible to read VIA VAI, the solitary verse that, from one day to the next, took shape on the upper surface of that wall 10 meters high and 600 long, a barrier both architectural and social, which has condemned this urban area to a ghettoization process. Street Poetry, combined with Land Art, becomes a tacit cry in this megalithic work, a desperate request for attention that becomes tangible through two simple, but incisive terms that, turned towards the sky, intend to go beyond that wall so historically insurmountable. Mister Chaos focuses on those places and those problems that are convenient to ignore precisely because they are on the other side of the wall, inviting the inhabitants to no longer read the latent invitation “go away” between the lines. 45 ° 24’24.6 “N 9 ° 16’02.3” And it has thus become the emblem of all those stories of real life that have met, influenced and intertwined along a seemingly infinite road, whose way, too often, it is easy to recognize of entry, but not the way out.

Testo realizzato dalla studentessa Francesca Bresciani, 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