Venice – With the proclamation of the five overall winners, the 8th edition of Arte Laguna Prize reached its conclusion and its climax.
The international jury,chaired by Igor Zanti, selected the 5 winners among the 110 shortlisted finalists, one for each section of the Prize – Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Video art and Performance, Virtual Art – who were awarded a cash prize of 7,000 Euros each.
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.
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.
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 was open to the public in the venues of the Arsenale, the Telecom Italia Future Centre and the Romanian Institute in Venice through April 6, 2014.
Video of the opening night and award ceremony >>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjEqrc55Gxk
The winners of all the special prizes >>> http://www.artelagunaprize.com/index.php
Everything about the Exhibition >>> http://www.artelagunaprize.com/mobile/
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