Venice, 16 March 2013 – The seventh edition of the Arte Laguna Prize has announced the five winners for the year 2012-2013.
The jury that has selected them – headed by Igor Zanti, critic and independent curator – features some prestigious names of the international artistic panorama: Umberto Angelini – director Festival Uovo of Milan; Adam Budak – curator for contemporary art at Hirshh orn Museum and Sculpture Garden of Washington; Gabriella Belli – director of Musei Civici of Venice; Cecilia Freschini – founder of Lab-Yit, platform for contemporary art in China; Mario Gerosa – senior curator of AD and digital art curator; Kanchi Mehta – founder and chief curator of Chameleon Art Projects and India Editor for Flash Art; Sabine Schaschl – director and curator of Kusthaus Basel; Felix Shöber – independent curator; Claudia Zanfi – art historian and cultural manager.
The winners, one for every section of the Prize – Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Video Art and Performance, Virtual Art – will be awarded a cash prize of 7,000 Euros each.
Winner: Ivelisse Jimenez – Santurce | Puerto Rico 1966
Artwork: Detour #21, 2012
Reason: “Because with her work she points to a new idea of painting that transcends the limits of the canvas, in order to merge with other dimensions of contemporary art”.
Winner: Costantine Zlatev – Ruse | Bulgaria 1974
Artwork: The Last Gun, 2012
Reason: “Because he tackles the current issue of the weapon market in a highly interesting manner and for the fine execution of the work, which features different layers and allows for various interpretations”.
Winner: Richard Ansett – London | United Kingdom 1966
Artwork: Boy #1 from series Boys in a City Park, © Richard Ansett / IZOLYATSIA, 2011
Reason: “For the interesting iconographical composition, rich in symbolical references and for the skillful use of light in the photographic medium”.
VIDEO ART AND PERFORMANCE SECTION
Winner: Carlos Martiel – La Habana | Cuba 1989
Artwork: Prodigal Son, 2010
Reason: “Carlo Martiel's performance has been awarded for the intensity with which he tackles the issue of memory, of the father-son relationship and for the particular Cuban political situation”.
VIRTUAL ART SECTION
Winner: Nirit Zer – Jerusalem | Israel 1973
Artwork: I here project, 1995
Reason: “Nirit Zer's work shows an interesting research on the concept of identity, a research that becomes even more interesting if applied to the virtual dimension, where this concept undergoes a necessary reinterpretation and redefinition”.
Nirit Zer, as the winner of the Virtual Art section, is awarded also the Business for Art Prize in collaboration with the company FOPE Gioielli of Vicenza, with which she will carry out a special project.
The exhibition is on view at the venues of the Arsenale, Telecom Italia Future Centre and the Romanian Institute through March 31, 2013, every day from 10 am to 6 pm, admission free.
Title: 7th INTERNATIONAL ARTE LAGUNA PRIZE
Concept and organization: Cultural Association MoCA – Arte Laguna Studio
Exhibition venue: Arsenale, Tese di San Cristoforo, Venice
Exhibition dates: 17 – 31 March 2013
Vernissage: Saturday 16 March, at 6 pm
Opening hours: every day, 10 am – 6 pm
Info: International Arte Laguna Prize c/o ARTE LAGUNA
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