Exhibition of finalists and winners 120 artworks
Nappe Arsenale, Venice
22 March – 5 April 2015 | Open 10am - 6pm daily

Sunday 22 March, 11am, Telecom Italia Future Centre
Guided tour to the virtual and digital art section


Venice – With the proclamation of the six overall winners, the ninth edition of the Arte Laguna Prize has reached its conclusion and its most exciting moment. Tonight at Nappe Arsenale in Venice over 3,000 people gathered for the opening of the exhibition featuring 120 artworks from 44 different countries and for the awarding ceremony of the 6 overall winners and the14 special prizes in collaboration with companies, foundations, international galleries: 180,000 euro is the total value of the prizes awarded.

The jury that selected them - chaired by Igor Zanti, IED director and curator - includes preeminent names in the international art scene: Claudio Bertorelli, Italy, Environmental designer and Director of Fabbri Foundation; Simone Frangi, Italy/France, Artistic Director of Viafarini DOCVA and Professor of Contemporary Art Theory at the Ecole Supérieure d'Art et Design de Grenoble-Valence; Franck Gautherot, France, Co-Director at Le Consortium, Contemporary Art Center in Dijon; Chus Martinez, Spain, Head of the FHNW Art Institute in Basel, Switzerland; Bartolomeo Pietromarchi, Italy, Director at Antonio Ratti Foundation in Como; Domenico Quaranta, Italy, Critic and Curator; Veeranganakumari Solanki, India, Indipendent Curator and Art writer; Philippe van Cauteren, Belgium, Artistic Director at S.M.A.K, Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent; Jonathan Watkins, United Kingdom, Director at Ikon Gallery; Roberto Zancan, Italy, Head curator of Inside the Academy Program at BE OPEN Foundation.

The overall winners - one for each category in the competition: painting, sculpture and installation, photographic art, video art and performance, virtual art, land art - will win a cash prize of 7,000 euro each, one of which awarded by Thetis, a company operating in the field of environmental engineering, with which the Prize has created the new contest section dedicated to environmental art, Land Art.

Winner: Noemi Staniszewska Gdansk | Poland 1991
Work: 472, 2014. Acrylic on canvas
Jury's statement: The work features interesting research halfway between figuration and abstraction with direct relationships to the use of new technologies in the definition of the pictorial image.

Winner: Christine Kettaneh Beirut | Lebanon 1982
Work: A Beirute, with a mayo blessing, 2014. Laser engraving on Arabic bread
Jury's statement: the work uses a common thing like bread as a support to carry messages regarding the complex political and social situation of her hometown, Beirut (Lebanon). The ephemeral material is in stark contrast to the laser technology used to engrave text on bread, which is food for thought about the existential mingling with the rich and complex narrative of a city, just like every day it is combined with a broader scheme of things. The artist connects elements from her personal context with a conceptual artistic vocabulary. The personal and fragile touch combines with a cerebral and distant view. The jury awards the artist's ability to evoke a world with very few means.

Winner: Christopher Sims Detroit, Michigan | United States 1972
Work: Jihad Lamp, Fort Polk, Louisiana, from Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2006 C-type lambda print Jury's statement: For the interesting research on the issues of cultural mediation, on the perception of a reality tinged with contrasts that is at the core of our contemporary world. The work, in the simplicity of the composition, features a balance of strengths that are rich in metaphorical and conceptual implications.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND ART SECTION (in collaboration with Thetis SpA)
Winner: Andrew Friend Norwich | United Kingdom 1985
Work: Disappearing (at sea)
Jury's statement: For the superior quality of the project, the jury has decided to award Andrew Friend's lagoon vehicle: an allegory of landscape as a great narrative journey. A habitable device that allows to inhabit mobility, enabling the swing and the horizontal perception of the lagoon experience. But it also entails a mechanism of isolation – from tourism, from community as a place of control, out of the sight of others.

Winner: Gilles Fontolliet Zurich | Switzerland 1981
Work: Suwaima, 2014
Jury's statement: For the analytical and pedagogical power of his practice of symbolic activism, carrying major geopolitical circumstances to a highly topical level.

Winner: Roberto Fassone Cuneo | Italy 1986
Work: sibi, 2012
Jury's statement: By selecting this work, the jury has awarded the huge potential of a digital project that becomes - through workshops, individual play sessions on the web or in playground and collective contests - an occasion for countless participatory variations, and a generator of as many physical artifacts.

The exhibition is open to the public at the two venues of the Arsenale and the Telecom Italia Future Centre through April 5, 2015, every day from 10am to 6pm. Admission free.

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ANDREW FRIEND Norwich | United Kingdom 1985 - Disappearing (at sea). Vetroresina, legno, corda, materiali vari >>>

CHRISTINE KETTANEH Beirut | Lebanon 1982 - a Beirute, with a mayo blessing, 2014. Incisione laser su pane arabo >>>

CHRISTOPHER SIMS Detroit, Michigan | United States 1972 - Jihad Lamp, Fort Polk, Louisiana, from Theater of War: The Pretend Villages of Iraq and Afghanistan, 2006. Stampa lambda C-type >>>

NOEMI STANISZEWSKA Poland, 1991 - 472, 2014 Acrilico su tela 180x120 cm >>>


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