ARP 8 Edition. Valona, Rome and Amsterdam are the cities involved in the itinerary of the new PACK AND GO formula. This year the program hosts 6 young people from Belgium, Germany, South Africa and Italy who have won the traveling residency created with the contribution of Maeci.

An artwork that declines the contemporary and to take with you in a hand luggage. This is the bet for 5 winning artists and one curator of the ARP PACK AND GO competition.
The residency program of the Centro Luigi Di Sarro is aimed at young people under 30 and is carried out with the contribution of Youth Exchanges from MAECI and other partners. A traveling workshop between Rome, Valona and Amsterdam to discuss and investigate the notion of contemporary.

What does contemporary art mean and, above all, how and how much can the definition of contemporary be adapted to the continuous change of time and history? 

The last few years have confronted us with the need to reflect on the Hic et Nunc, suddenly erasing that sense of stability that was associated with the idea of the contemporary era, our contemporary, peaceful and progressive era. 

In short, is history perhaps putting us in front of a new era? So will the future be the new contemporary? And how will art be able to respond to these mutations?

These are the issues on which the ARP program intends to dialogue. It will start in Vlore in Albania where the Consulate General of Italy will host the first meeting of the winners of the Art Residency Project for a Meet up that will take place on October 14, on the occasion of the 18th Amaci-Maeci Contemporary Day.
Artan Shabani, art historian, one of the founders of the Albanian Gallery of Art, will meet the curator Veronica Budini and the artists Mpumelelo Buthelezi, Florinda Ciucio, Amelia Kuhlmann, Svenia Jarisch and Giampaolo Parrilla, accompanied by Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, vice president of the Centro Luigi Di Sarro. On show the works selected for PACK AND GO that will come out of the luggage for the first time to ignite the debate.

The group will then return to Italy, to Rome, where the workshop will take place at the Luigi Di Sarro Center: 10 intense days of meetings, lessons, workshops and visits to museums and archaeological sites to continue to search for that connection that binds the ancient to the modern, the past to the future and thus to place one’s own contemporaneity in a broader reflection. To conclude the residency, the works of PACK AND GO, focused by the dialogue during the workshop, will return to the exhibition to question the public. The appointment with this second Meet up is for 25 October at the Centro Di Sarro Center, in Rome.

The conclusion will be held in Amsterdam, where the group will be hosted by the Italian Cultural Institute, to explore the city, its museums and its history. The Meet up with the public and the Dutch art scene will take place on 29 October.

ARP is an artistic residency program, conceived and implemented by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro, with the contribution of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other partners. For its 8th edition, it has promoted the PACK AND GO formula, that is the bet to conceive and create an artwork that represents the idea of contemporary and that can be carried in a hand luggage to allow maximum mobility.
The Consulate General of Italy in Vlore, the Italian Cultural Institute in Amsterdam, Mediaaid Onlus and Rainbow Media NPO participate in supporting this 8° edition.

The jury of the ARP PACK AND GO competition, which selected the 6 young people from European, Balkan and Southern African countries, was composed of Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, Simone Ciglia University of Oregon USA and Carlotta Sylos Calo ‘University of Rome Tor Vergata.

VAA guest of the GRENZE Festival in Verona. Screening of the Top10 and awarding of the 3rd edition of the Prize dedicated to video art between Italy and South Africa at the Civic Library on 2 September 2022.

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.

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ARP- Art Residency Project. Open Call for the 8th Edition of the competition dedicated to young artists from EU Countries, the Balkans and Southern Africa. Applications by August 10, 2022.

What does contemporary art mean and, above all, how and how much can the definition of contemporary be adapted to the continuous change of time and history? The last few years have confronted us with the need to reflect on the Hic et nunc, suddenly erasing that sense of stability that was associated with the idea of the contemporary era, our contemporary, peaceful and progressive era. In short, is history perhaps putting us in front of a new era? So will the future be the new contemporary? And how will art be able to respond to these mutations?

Are you a young artist who wishes to match with other points of view? Do you have the capacity to create an artwork that can travel with you and represent your poetics dealing with different ideas, techniques and languages?

Apply to the CALL for the Talents Exchange PACK AND GO!

ARP Talents Exchange PACK AND GO wants to offer young artists the opportunity of conceiving and creating an artwork that represents their own idea of contemporaneity and that can be transportable anywhere in order to allow it maximum mobility. The artwork presented by each participant will be evaluated by a jury who will select 5 winning artists. At the same time, 1 young curator will also be selected to work in dialogue with the artists, creating the concept of an exhibition event.

The Talents Exchange PACK AND GO will therefore be the opportunity to bring together in Rome 6 young creatives from European countries (EU), countries of the Balkan area and countries of southern Africa (SADC).

ARP-Art Residency Project, is the cultural and educational exchange program in the visual arts, conceived and promoted by the Centro di Documentazione della Ricerca Artistica Contemporanea Luigi Di Sarro, with the contribution of MAECI – Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Media Aid Onlus and with the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO.

What the program offers:

The 6 winners of the competition will be involved in a 10-day training residency in Rome. They will participate in a workshop on the theme “Hic et nunc, the notion of contemporary”, which will include meetings with experts and scholars and a path of visits and activities at museums and monumental sites. At the end of the residency, an exhibition event will take place at the Centro Di Sarro headquarters, offering meetings and dialogue with the public.

After the conclusion of the program, Centro Di Sarro will take care of promoting the exhibition resulting from the Talents Exchange, prepared for PACK AND GO.

Who can join:

To apply to the Call you must be born or permanently live in a European Union country (EU), in a Balkan area country or in a Southern African country (SADC); you have to be U30; you must be fluent in English and be interested in having a group experience and willing to carry out the activities set out in the Call in the period between October and December 2022.

(IMPORTANT: airline tickets, accommodation and access to museums included in the program will be paid for by the organization. Participants will have to provide for personal expenses and their own food. The accommodation may include multiple rooms.)

How to apply:

The application, drawn up in English, must be submitted by 10th August 2022, by email to progetti@centroluigidisarro.it, with “ARP 8th Edition CALL” in the object and accompanied by the following materials:

  • Motivation letter with declaration of availability to participate in the period October-December 2022, under penalty of forfeiture (in PDF); 
  • Technical sheet and images of the proposed artwork which can be of any artistic discipline, as long as it can be transported in a bag that respects the rules of a hand luggage: 55x40x20cm weight max 8kg, no liquids and flammable materials (in PDF)
  • Portfolio (in PDF); 
  • Artistic CV, with specific mention of the level of knowledge of the English language (in WORD);
  • Copy of valid passport and proof of residence, if different from the country of birth; 
  • Proof of COVID19 vaccination and acceptance of the rules required for COVID19, based on the regulations in force in Italy and in the countries of origin at the date of the project.

CL / PA – the travel. Giulia Fumagalli’s project, created with Aran Ndimurwanko, between Chile and Panama is among the winners of the Italian Council 10 – Development of talents. The trip took place as part of the La Wayaka Current residency program. Centro Di Sarro, which is one of the cultural partners of the project, will host the final exhibition next fall.

CL / PA – the travel is a nomadic artistic residency project in remote natural environments and among indigenous peoples.

CL / PA – the travel took place as part of the residency program at @lawayakacurrent.
The project is supported by the Italian Council (2021), Directorate General for Contemporary Creativity #DGCC, Ministry of Culture @mic_italia, @creativita_contemporanea, with the partnership of Spazienne @spazienne and Centro Luigi Di Sarro @arp_art_residency_project.

In a world marked by fast times, limitations and rules imposed by society, CL / PA – the travel represents a possibility of returning to the origins, to a personal time and to new possible visions. An archive on time, form and materials. A search for comparison and dialogue with different artistic personalities, which today is less and less.

The project of Giulia Fumagalli , who won the Italian Council Edition 10 – Development of Talents and therefore enjoys the support of the MIC Contemporary Creativity General Direction, it will be built in collaboration with Aran Ndimurwanko, an artist from Trentino Region of Italy, whose practice is linked to African culture and use of natural materials. The need to face the path in a continuous comparison with another artist arises from the curiosity to understand if formally and conceptually different practices, inserted in the same situation, can create an exchange that goes beyond a simple dialogue.

CL / PA – the travel will begin composing images, drawings, sketches, writings and works of art along the way: the residence La Wayaka Desert 26 ° S (Chile, Atacama Desert 5-26 April 2022); the itinerary in northern Chile (26 April-4 May 2022); the itinerary between Panama and Panama City (May 5-9, 2022) and finally the residence La Wayaka Tropic 08 ° N (Panama, Guna Yala Archipelago 10-31 May 2022) developing a research in dialogue with other artists, curators and collaborators of the plan.

This itinerary will be an opportunity to explore new artistic perspectives, to reflect on the current situation in the world, on one’s position in the social / relational system and on the ecological question. An archive in the making, which will take shape gradually, with interventions of various kinds, the result of which could materialize in visions and works that are formally distant or in works made even by several hands.

At the end of the travel period, all the materials collected will flow into a publication, produced with the support of Spazienne – Garbagnate Milanese and the works born even later from the maturation of the experience will be exhibited at the Centro Luigi Di Sarro – Rome (15 November – 15 December 2022).

We followed the stages of the journey, both here on the website and on our IG account @arp_art_residency_project, as the artists sent us updates and previews.

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THE STORY of Giulia Fumagalli: 🦙 Desert 23 ° S – Atacama Desert, Chile

Why did you go to the desert?
“I started to feel the need for a time interval that was only mine. Most of all I needed to breathe and the desert is the perfect place to stop the state of apnea and start listening to your body.
I was told that we keep time in our hearts, that our beats mark a rhythm that we must learn to respect by living, walking, breathing “.

What did you do while you where in the desert?
“I walked far and wide, trying to follow it in every possible direction, because only by walking can you savor its essence.
There is not much to do in the desert.
What you see are sand and stones, sand and stones in a succession of surfaces that constantly change patterns.In the desert you are alone, but you are never really alone.
Pachamama is everywhere: in the stones, in the sand, in the salt. A void so full that it made me feel extremely good.”

What did you learn from the desert?
“I have learned to consider things as a whole, appreciating their duality.
Like that night in the desert, lying on the sand, when I was told about the Licanantay constellations. They told me not only of bright stars, but of black shapes whose outlines are outlined by light.
A lama, a snake, a fox, and many other characters draw the celestial vault without illuminating it and it was the first time I realized that I had never been able to observe the sky in its complexity.”

Desert 23°S – Deserto di Atacama, Cile

VIDEO ART AWARDS 3RD Edition. Liza Grobler and Giulia Savorani are the winners of the video art contest between Italy and South Africa. The complete TOP10 of the videos shortlisted by the jury will be screened at Grenze Festival in Verona on 2 September 2022 from 5pm.

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

VAA 3EDITION TOP10

Pannaggi FOCUS Award 2019-2021 curated by Loretta Fabrizi. The winners of the last 3 editions of the Prize for the new generations of Marche artists. May 27 – June 24, 2022.

On display the works of Elena Giustozzi , Serena Vallese and Michele Carbonari , winners of the 2021, 2020 and 2019 editions respectively. Opening May 27th at 6pm .

The Centro, in collaboration with CeSMa (Centro Studi Marche) and in line with its forty-year promotion of young talents at national and international level, welcomes in its exhibition spaces the winners of the last three editions (2019 – 2021) of the Pannaggi / New Generation Award, an initiative of the “Amici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi” organization from Macerata in support of young artists for the promotion of art contemporary in the Marche and in Italy. & nbsp;

The exhibition offers itself as a privileged observatory on contemporary art through the works of three young talents. A three-part exhibition, therefore, which in comparison by work explores the languages ​​of the visual, unravels their different expressive modes, absolutely original in their being modulated on creative scores that each connects to their own existential rhythms. Concretions in forms and images of visions that mark the relationship that is always problematic and always to be built with reality, which however, precisely in its persevering escape from grasp, constantly feeds the horizon of the imagination with new energy. & Nbsp;

Elena Giustozzi (Pannaggi Award 2021) born in Civitanova Marche (MC) in 1983, lives in Senigallia (AN) – through INSIDE proposes the liquid vision of a microcosm imprisoned in a few centimeters of water that the high quality of the painting and the optical device allow you to live in the fluid and silent depth of a “garden in motion and without end” like cosmic life. < / p>

Serena Vallese (Premio Pannaggi 2020) – born in Giulianova (TE) in 1981, lives and works in Montone (TE) – presents FOGLIA-ME , a cultured and meditated that explores the theme of the fragility of the living made with equally fragile materials such as paper, plaster, poor, cellulose pulp and modulated on the pervasive and absorbent white “dazzling waiting”.

Michele Carbonari (Premio Pannaggi 2019) – born in Recanati in 1980, lives and works in Macerata – with THE LAST IMAGE he develops a figurativeness that speaks of things of everyday life sublimated by the light of painting, capable of giving dignity of singular existence even to the most anonymous and silent objects, revealing “epiphanies of the invisible”.

le opere di Elena Giustozzi, Serena Vallese e Michele Carbonari, vincitori rispettivamente delle edizioni 2021, 2020 e 2019. Opening 27 maggio alle 18.

Il Centro Luigi Di Sarro, in collaborazione con il CeSMa (Centro Studi Marche) e in linea con la sua quarantennale attività di promozione di giovani talenti a livello nazionale e internazionale, accoglie nei suoi spazi espositivi i vincitori delle ultime tre edizioni (2019 – 2021) del Premio Pannaggi/Nuova Generazione, un’iniziativa dell’associazione “Amici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi” di Macerata a sostegno dei giovani artisti per la promozione dell’arte contemporanea nelle Marche e in Italia. 

La mostra si offre come un osservatorio privilegiato sull’arte contemporanea attraverso le opere di tre giovani talenti. Un’esposizione dunque a tre voci che nel confronto per opera scandaglia i linguaggi del visivo, ne squaderna le diverse modalità espressive, assolutamente originali nel loro essere modulate su spartiti creativi che ciascuno raccorda ai propri ritmi esistenziali. Concrezioni in forme e immagini di visioni che scandiscono il rapporto sempre problematico e sempre da costruire con il reale, che tuttavia, proprio nel suo perseverante sfuggire alla presa, alimenta costantemente di nuova energia l’orizzonte dell’immaginario. 

Elena Giustozzi (Premio Pannaggi 2021)nata a Civitanova Marche (MC) nel 1983, vive a Senigallia (AN) – attraverso INSIDE propone la visione liquida di un microcosmo imprigionato in pochi centimetri d’acqua che l’alta qualità della pittura e il dispositivo ottico consentono di abitare nella profondità fluida e silenziosa di un “giardino in movimento e senza fine” come la vita cosmica.

Serena Vallese (Premio Pannaggi 2020) – nata a Giulianova (TE) nel 1981, vive e lavora a Montone (TE) -presentaFOGLIA-ME, un lavoro colto e meditato che sonda il tema della fragilità del vivente realizzato con materiali altrettanto fragili come carta, gesso, povere, pasta di cellulosa e modulato sul bianco pervasivo e assorbente “abbagliante d’attesa”.

Michele Carbonari (Premio Pannaggi 2019) – nato a Recanati nel 1980, vive e lavora a Macerata -conTHE LAST IMAGE mette a punto una figuratività che parla delle cose del quotidiano sublimate dalla luce della pittura, capace di donare dignità di singolare esistenza anche agli oggetti più anonimi e muti rivelando “epifanie dell’invisibile”. 

L’inattuale, curated by Simone Azzoni. An exhibition of archive photographs that investigates non-contemporaneity and that marks the restart after the pause required by the pandemic. 2022 April 26th – May 14th.

Vernissage April 26th 2022

The Centro Luigi Di Sarro resumes its exhibition activity with the exhibition L’inattuale curated by Simone Azzoni. The project conceived as a survey of the archives and an investigation into non-contemporaneity, is a selection that highlights recurrences, returns in the practices and contents of the present. On the one hand the research of the avant-garde that marks the pace of experimentation, on the other the need for that research to settle in forms predisposed to today.
L’inattuale, the outdated is therefore an anachronistic response to the progressive thrust of linguistic research, a bulwark to the ambiguous combination of content-research to affirm in the folds of the peripheral, an eternal present which, by resorting to the methods and techniques of historical craftsmanship, re-proposes the urgency of a distance from the facts and of a time that is related to those facts.
“He is truly contemporary who does not coincide perfectly with it or adapt to its claims and is therefore, in this sense, out of date”, writes Nietzsche, “but, precisely for this reason, precisely through this gap and this anachronism, he is more capable than others to perceive and grasp his time ”. The contemporary artist cannot escape his time but can experience an unprecedented relationship. The contemporary artist does not match, does not coincide, does not adhere to his time but in a periodic and out of phase dyslexia transforms anachronism into a fixed gaze on the dark, be it that of memory, matter, identity or the nature of ‘object.

“All times are, for those who experience their contemporaneity, dark”, writes Agamben. “Contemporary is, in fact, the one who knows how to see this darkness, which he is able to write by dipping his pen in the darkness of the present”. To do this, it is necessary to blind the light of the century and its deceptive flashes. Keeping your gaze fixed in the dark knowing that something you can only miss can happen in the dark. An appointment with a light that withdraws but requires punctuality of recognition. The contemporary artist is thus in the discontinuity, in the outdatedness in that no longer being after having grasped a prophecy.
On show: Enrico Fedrigoli and Fabio Moscatelli and (from the Archive Collection of the Centro Luigi Di Sarro) Jacopo Benci, Paola Binante, Carla Cacianti, Karmen Corak, Pietrantonio P.D’Errico, Ada De Pirro, Xavier Martel, Sergio Pucci, Yannick Vigouroux.

VAA-VIDEO ART AWARDS BEYOND THE SHORT FORMAT WEBINAR

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.