The second event to promote the works selected for the third edition of the VIDEO ART AWARDS took place on 9 December 2022. Second opportunity for the two winners Liza Grobler and Giulia Savorani to meet and promote the other 8 finalists of the award dedicated to video art created by the Di Sarro Center with the support of the Italian Cultural Institute of Pretoria and the Consulate General of Italy in Johannesburg, South Africa and the Grenze Festival in Verona, Italy.
For Giulia Savorani it was an opportunity to discover Johannesburg’s lively art scene, for a week after the screening event she was in fact, thanks to the award, able to visit museums, research centres, artists’ studios and galleries as well as historical and traditions of the country of Nelson Mandela thus discovering its history and current events.
The selection of the 10 finalist works of the VAA 3rd Edition was screened in Sala Farinati at the Civic Library of Verona, with the attendance of some of the artists and the two winners, Giulia Savorani from Italy and Liza Grobler from South Africa, have been guests of the Grenze Photography Festival, partner this year of the Prize. VAA is conceived and organized by the Centro Di Sarro with the contribution of Italian Cultural Institute of Pretoria.
The VAA is an award dedicated to the moving image in contemporary art. VAA declines and collects videos that work artistically on the image, seeking and stimulating every possible experimentation. The award is promoted and conceived by Centro Luigi Di Sarro with the partnership of Italian Cultural Institute of Pretoria and GRENZE Arsenali Fotografici of Verona.
The first screening event of the Top10 with the award ceremony which will host the South African winner Liza Grobler will be held on 2 September 2022 from 5 pm at the Biblioteca Civica of Verona, Sala Farinati as part of the Grenze Arsenali Photo Festival.
The Jury was:
Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, Centro Di Sarro VAA director
Simone Azzoni, GRENZE artistic director
Angelo Capasso, art critic and art historian
Matteo Fazzi, IIC Pretoria director
Wendy Fredriksson, indipendent curator and filmaker
Laura Vincenti, Investec Cape Town Art Fair director
The CALL is now closed to participate in the 3rd Edition of the VAA-VIDEO ART AWARDS promoted by the Centro Di Sarro with the Italian Cultural Institute of Pretoria and the Grenze Arsenali Photographic Festival of Verona. Applications are now under selection.
We’re preparing the 3rd Edition of VAA. The new call will comes out soon. The Prize conceived and promoted by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro is dedicated to video art between Italy and South Africa.
In such a delicate moment caused by the persistence of the pandemic, we want to insist on the need not to stop, to continue to keep alive those threads that nourish and enrich creativity and at the same time offer a new opportunity for promotion and visibility to the works that the VAA has selected and awarded, between the two past editions 2018 and 2019.
The appointment is for the 8th DECEMBER 2021 at 4 pm (italian time) as part of the initiatives for the Contemporary Day in Italy and in the world. the Centro Luigi Di Sarro and the Italian Cultural Institute in Pretoria present Beyond the short: webinar , a remote dialogue between Italy and South Africa with the protagonists of the VAA Award which encourages and promotes the production of works that use the moving image. The meeting will be opened by the message of the Italian Ambassador to South Africa Paolo Cuculi as a testimony of how important are the exchange projects that cross ideas and cultures. At the end of the event, the new Call will be opened and published.
The 3rd Edition of the VAA includes a new prestigious partner GRENZE.Arsenali fotografici, the experimental photography festival in Verona that will host the selection of the finalists and the winning artists.
On the web platform https://vaa.webinars.zone/ an archive of the two editions of the VAA held in past years has been created, it will be possible to register for free for the webinar or even just discover the protagonists of the two editions of the Award, or the two Top 10 of the works that the jury has selected and among which has identified the winners. The works of the 20 artists involved are visible in the video section.
Screening and Awards Ceremony of the 2 winners and 8 finalists of the VAA-Video Art Awards 2nd edition took place on May 14th at the historic Labia Cinema in Cape Town. Now the VAA screening evening moves to Italy where the cortoLovere Festival will host the event on September 26th at the Tadini Art Academy.
The prize-giving event took place in the historic Cinema Labia, Tuesday 14 May 2019. All the 10 shortlisted works in the two selections (Italian and South African) have been projected.
The VAA – Video Art Awards is designed and promoted by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro with the contribution of Italian Cultural Institute of Pretoria and the International Short Film Festival cortoLovere, where the VAA Top10 will be screened again (23-28 September 2019).
He studied in the classrooms of the IED in Milan, graduating in 2011 in Illustration and Animation courses. Thus began his career in the world of visual art. However, the definitive turning point accomplished by moving to the Netherlands, where he attended the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, from which he graduated in 2015 with a specialization in Audio Visual Arts. During his time at Rietveld, he has the opportunity to follow an international exchange program at RMIT University in Melbourne. The Dutch experience will open to him doors to several international experiences: Australia, Argentina, the United States, Kuwait and Canada. Winner of numerous international prizes, competitions and residences, from 2016 he began to devote himself entirely to his personal research, which he combined with commissioned work. Practicing in three continents, his work has been exhibited internationally in countries such as Australia, Canada, Argentina, Japan, Holland and Italy. To date, he lives and works between Genoa and Montréal.
“There are a certain amount of ordinary moments in life that are con- sidered neither here or there, these are spaces for otherness, for some considered irrelevant, that are simultaneously physical and mental, such as the space of a phone call or the moment when you see yourself in the mirror.” Michel Foucault
These spaces of otherness are infinite, disposed on time framed dimensions that inexorably passes through, with or without our consideration. The experience of the traveler, consisting of a series of movements within space, producing a phenomenon of a new order, where geography overtakes knowledge. Our conception of spatiality shapes our perception of time, and, on an individual scale, defines our way of perceiving movement. Spaces trace an inventory of the adventure of knowledge, omitting nothing; knowl- edge traces cartography of known lands, omitting nothing. Acting as a prelude to a subjective perception of a suspension in time, White Time is a video installation where a simple figure stands in a not specific dimension. Surrounded by the surface of the black screen different elements interact with each other, mutating through the composition of an undefined spatial location. Niccolò Masini
Jabu Newman was born and raised in Plumstead, a suburb of Cape Town. She is 25 years old and studied at UCT, University of Cape Town, where she graduated in Political Science and then specialized in Visual and Media Arts, then deepening cinema and directing at the African Arts Institute. He works in film production and continues his artistic research with video art and photography works, mainly oriented to the exploration of human and social relations. He won the VAA award with the video “Untitled: Friends”.
The title Untitled:Friends alludes to the complexity of chosen relationships, specifically how deeply bound two souls who share no family relation can be: a strong connection that no title or description can truly articulate.
Like most of Newman’s body of work, the film specifically focuses on femme binary identity and relationships. The storyline is intentionally centered around femme friendships and simultaneously challenges and celebrates them against a backdrop of a mundane heteronormative neighborhood, where these layered and complex identities are prosecuted and undervalued.
Untitled:Friends was shot, written, directed and edited by Newman over a period of two years and reads like a personal visual diary, in which she invites us into her childhood and teenage years in Plumstead. Come per la maggior parte dei lavori di Newman, il film pone un’attenzione particolare all’identità e alle relazioni nel mondo femminile. Il racconto è volutamente centrato su una storia di amicizia fra donne in cui contemporaneamente si sfida e si festeggia, in una atmosfera mondana, quel substrato di codici di etero-normalità in cui le identità stratificate e complesse sono perseguitate e sottovalutate. Untitled:friends è stato girato, scritto, diretto e montato da Newman nel corso di due anni e si offre come un personale diario visivo, nel quale l’autrice svela i suoi anni d’infanzia e adolescenza nel quartiere di Plumstead. (Jabu Nadia Newman)
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
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
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