VAA-VIDEO ART AWARD ITALY SOUTH AFRICA AT CORTOLOVERE FESTIVAL. ACCADEMIA TADINI, LOVERE (BG) 2018 SEPTEMBER 27th, 8.30pm

Centro Luigi Di Sarro returns to cortoLovere with the finalists of the VAA-Video Art Award. The 10 finalist videos and the winners of the contest promoted by Centro Di Sarro, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria and cortoLovere will be screened at the international short film festival on Lake Iseo at the Tadini Academy. The event will be attended by the young videomaker winner of the South African section Kamyar Binesh Tarigh, which the Festival will host for the entire week in Lovere.

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A contest dedicated to Video Art, born from the need to stimulate artistic production in the moving image to offer a limelight to experimentation in the audiovisual field and at the same time to develop opportunities for exchange and comparison on the theme of environmental sustainability, economic and socio-cultural. The Video Art Award was launched in the first edition between Italy and South Africa in 2018, and is aimed at artists who are not over 40 years old.

The competition, promoted by the Centre di documentazione della ricerca artistica contemporanea Luigi Di Sarro, with the contribution of cortoLovere and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria, and the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO, has rewarded the best video works produced by emerging artists on the territory of the involved countries. Among the applications, in the two sections South Africa and Italy, 10 finalists were selected by a jury of experts and the two winners were nominated by the VAA for a prize-trip to take part in the award ceremony in Cape Town (24 March 2018) and in Lovere (27 September 2018).

The Winners of the VAA are Luca Coclite, for Italy with the work Solitary Gardens and Kamyar Binesh Tarigh for South Africa with the work Shelter.

The Finalists are for Italy: Ilaria Biotti (8’20 “- On Time Traveling), Gilda Li Rosi (Migration), Caterina Pecchioli (Mani Nostre: Valeria), Michela Tobiolo (Enter this wound); for South Africa: Nonkululeko Chabalala (Nobody Wana See Us Togheter), Rory Emmet (Concerning Alchemy), Faith XLVII (Aqua Regalia), Thania Petersen (Salt).

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LUCA COCLITE and KAMYAR BINESHTARIG WIN THE VAA-VIDEO ART AWARD

The award ceremony took place a few hours ago in a busy, crowded and happy Italian Art Day at the Tsoga Centre in Philippi, Cape Town.

The event is organized by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro with the contribution of the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria and the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO and will offer the participants the opportunity to discover the vibrant artistic scene of the township in a succession of video projections inside the community centre in Samora Machel, managed by the youth of Ubuntubethu.

On the four screens the 10 short films, selected by the jury, will run:  and during the Art Day the winner of the Italian section was presented: Luca Coclite,  the italian filmmaker who got the South Africa trip award and landed in Cape Town to take part in the award ceremony. Also on show are the finalists of the South African section whose winner Kamyar Bineshtarig will get the award trip to Italy to participate in September at the International Short Film Festival CortoLovere on Lake Iseo, during which the finalist 10 videos will be shown again.

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Luca Coclite, winner for the Italian category, comes from Gagliano del Capo, near Lecce. His artwork, Solitary Gardens, is inspired by the work of Elaine Summers, Fantastic Gardens (1964). The video is split into three different parts, moving from ‘giardino’ (garden), a metaphor of someone who is seeking happiness and perfection, and taking us through a great variety of well-known places in New York city representing an individualistic and solitary picture of human condition. The movie is made up of ‘Human Botanical Garden’, ‘One day everything you see will be invisible’ and ‘Anti-Souvenir’, portraying an unstable reality flowing from an earthly paradise to an illusion. Here, the solitude from the Winter Garden Atrium, the artificiality from the Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the dioramas from scientific museums and, lastly, the deterioration of forgotten objects at the Dead Horse Bay lead us, in Rilke’s terminology, ‘from the visible world towards something timeless, inward and invisible’.

Kamyar Bineshtarigh, winner of the South African category, is a student at the Ruth Prowse School of Art in Cape Town. Seeing homeless people using newspaper posters to sleep on in the streets of Cape Town, Bineshtarigh found the inspiring motive to create his short film, Shelter. He found it ironic that posters depicting the government’s promises for a sustainable living for the poor, were, in fact, used by the poor for a more comfortable sleep in the streets. Chuma, the actress in the film, is a fellow student at Ruth Prowse; she was a homeless artist that started drawing by burning pieces of wood turning them into charcoal and drawing portraits of other homeless people around her. She also assisted in developing the concept so that it is closest to the reality of a homeless person in the streets of Cape Town, and introduced Bineshtarigh to other homeless artists, including the trumpet players in the film.

The screening of all finalists will take place again in Italy during the CortoLovere festival (24-29 September 2018).

Italian Section:

  • 8’20” – On Time Travelling, by Ilaria Biotti
  • SOLITARY GARDENS, by Luca Coclite
  • MIGRATION, by Gilda Li Rosi
  • MANI NOSTRE/Talking Hands, by Caterina Pecchioli
  • ENTRA IN QUESTA FERITA ° il dolore da bruciare è la porta da spalancare, by Michela Tobiolo
 South African Section:
  • NOBODY WANA SEE US TOGETHER, by Nonkululeko Chabalala
  • AQUA REGALIA, by Faith XLVII
  • CONCERNING ALCHEMY, by Rory Emmett
  • SALT, by Thania Petersen
  • SHELTER, by Kamyar Bineshtarigh

NOT PROVISIONAL ISABELLA NAZZARRI – VIVIANA VALLA double solo curated by Ivan Quaroni in collaboration with ABC-ARTE di Genova 8/2-2/3 2018

Opening 2018 March 8th, 6pm

 

The double solo exhibition of Isabella Nazzarri (Livorno, 1987) and Viviana Valla (Voghera, 1986) focuses on the direct comparison between the different methodological and stylistic approaches that the two artists used to build their own original pictorial language.

Focused on an essentially gestural and erratic process, Isabella Nazzarri’s painting coagulates in a series of surprising shapes, characterized by vivid and brilliant colors that stand out on monochromatic backgrounds in the papers as in the canvases. The light precipitated in the pigments becomes the material also of her sculptures, made of colored resins enclosed in glass ampoules (Monadi) or expanded polyurethane molded to evoke the rock formations and calcareous deposits present in nature.

Based on the stratigraphy of paper materials is the research of Viviana Valla, who through the reworking of post-it, clippings of magazines, pre-printed sheets, shreds of silver papers and much more builds an intimate and diaristic painting that paradoxically assumes the appearance of a geometric composition. The theme of her investigation is the conflict between emotionality and censorship, which is expressed in a continuous balance between the accumulative method, of an intuitive nature, and the rigid control exercised on the often orthogonal forms of his compositions.

Both Isabella Nazzarri’s erratic method, based on gestural trust and freedom and on chromatic and signic lightness, as well as the critical and conflictual one by Viviana Valla, articulated in a dynamic contrast between emotionality and rationality, prefigure the assumption of responsibility towards the pictorial language, used as an interpretative filter for the construction of a Weltanschauung, a vision of the world.

The title Not Provisional alludes to the committed and “non-temporary” character of the pictorial approaches of Nazzarri and Valla. The two Italian artists, in fact, differently from provisional painters who avoid the overload of expectations linked to a secular medium such as painting, accept to elaborate grammars capable of expressing the dubious, enigmatic and uncertain character that is on the origin of the visual art training.
The exhibition Not Provisional presents about thirty works – including paintings, papers and sculptures – of the recent production of the two artists.

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IL MITO DEL POP PERCORSI ITALIANI – curated by Silvia Pegoraro – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Armando Pizzinato, Pordenone, 2017 May 13th – October 8th

There was an Italian way to Pop and it was absolutely original. Silvia Pegoraro highlights this exhibition with the strong criticism that brings together at the Galleria d’Arte moderna e Contemporanea Armando Pizzicato di Pordenone, about 70 works, most precious and some never before exhibited. An exhibition project aimed at highlighting the peculiarity and originality of the Italian way to Pop Art.

“It is time,” says the Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Pordenone, Pietro Tropeano, to begin the deepening and reinterpretation of an Italian art movement of great importance, such as that of Pop Art, which in Italy had many protagonists in a most lively period of contemporary art in our country. ”

1964 is the year of the triumph of American Pop Art at the Venice Biennale, but at the same time there are between Rome and Milan, artists who have expressed the best of Italian pop art.

“The italian and european way, before the references to the artistic tradition, is manifested in the strong instance of craftsmanship / manual capability – the Curator says – far from the purely industrial techniques used by american Pop Art. An originality that is confirmed by the works on show. Highlighting, it is above all the inclination of Italians to work on cultural stereotypes, rather than merely on commodity objects and images of mass communication, with a more explicit manipulation of images. ”

On show: Valerio Adami, Franco Angeli, Enrico Baj, Gianfranco Baruchello, Gianni Bertini, Umberto Bignardi, Marisa Busanel, Mario Ceroli, Claudio Cintoli, Lucio Del Pezzo, Bruno Di Bello, Luigi Di Sarro, Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Piero Gilardi, Ettore Innocente, Sergio Lombardo, Renato Mambor, Gino Marotta, Titina Maselli, Aldo Mondino, Pino Pascali,  Concetto Pozzati, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano, Cesare Tacchi, Emilio Tadini, Giulio Turcato.

The exhibition is promoted and organized by the Cultural Council of the Municipality of Pordenone, in collaboration with Ente Regionale per il Patrimonio Culturale della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, with the sponsor of Fondazione Friuli, and the contribution of Crédit Agricole Friuladria e Itas Mutua.

Opening: saturday 13 may 2017 at 6pm
Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Armando Pizzinato, Pordenone
Viale Dante, 33

the exhibition will run: 13 may – 8 october 2017 (wed-sun h. 3pm-7pm)

Catalogue italian/english curated by Silvia Pegoraro