Theme “Interconnections: Legacy and Identity”. A very topical subject for this 2nd edition of the competition that Centro Di Sarro dedicates to artists under 45 who work with video and new media. Call CLOSED – UNDER SELECTION.
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.
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).
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.
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).
- 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
- 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
The selection of the VAA-Video Art award Competition launched by the Luigi Di Sarro Center with the Italian Cultural Institute of Pretoria concluded. The jury chose the 10 finalists of the two sections: Italy and South Africa. The finalist videos will be shown on March 24th during the Italian Art Day in Philippi, Cape Town and then again in Italy in September during the CortoLovere International Festival.