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.
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 email@example.com, 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 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.
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.”
Desert 23°S – Deserto di Atacama, Cile
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.”
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
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”.
Giustozzi_Vasca#3, 2019, olio su tela, diametro 80 cm
Vallese_Foglia-me, 2021, pasta di cellulosa, installazione (part.)
Carbonari_Trittico.Ombrellone nello studio, 2019, olio su tela, pannelli sx e dx 120×90 cm, pannello centrale 120x100cm
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.
Yesterday the vernissage, from 18 to 20 doors open to the public. After two years of stoppage due to the Covid19 pandemic, the lively world of art meets in Cape Town for the most important and international fair in South Africa.
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.
3rd Edition of Grenze – Photographic Arsenals International and contemporary photography in Verona. Vernissage 11 sept h.18 (with face masks in respect of anti-Covid19 rules). Grenze Festival will take place in numerous locations from 9th September to 2nd novembre 2020.
The Palladio Design Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Culture of Municipality of Verona – International Center of Photography Scavi Scaligeri and sponsorship of IUSVE University, present the third edition of Grenze, Festival of contemporary and international photography.
At the head of the artistic direction and curation of the festival we have the professor and art critic Simone Azzoni, the photographer Francesca Marra, and the professor and photography scholar Arianna Novaga.
This year’s theme is “Als Ob“, meaning “as if”. In German language it implies something doubtful: perhaps it is like this, it is as if it were like that and therefore, sooner or later, it will be like that, otherwise it can’t be helped. “As if” is a self-fulfilling prophecy. A hypothesis is projected into reality and lived as if it were true. The “as if” is an assumption that, by the mere fact of having been pronounced, it produces an event: no matter if it is a realistic thing or not. “Als Ob” opens scenarios towards possible realities, measuring and altering the distance between what is seen and the observer.
There are seven exhibition locations that will host the photographers of the 2020 edition:
– MilitaryArsenal – Spazio Arte Pisanello – Civic Library
– Laboratorio Theater
– Isolo17 Gallery – Museum of Natural Sciences
In addition, the photographers of the Off section will be hosted at :
– Vintage bus ATM – In bus – Library Pagina12 – Bar Sipario
The program of this year’s edition will be packed with events in the city and outside the walls.
From September 9th to the 14th, at the former Military Arsenal (main venue of the festival), the Pad 20/1 will host :
Archivio Luigi di Sarro (L.Di Sarro Experimental Photography from the 70’s), Jacob Balzani Lööv (Armenia Azerbaijan Sports), Silvio Canini (What are you looking for, the sea?), Gianluca Camporesi (Visions of Hyperbody), Daniel W. Coburn (The Hereditary Estate), Enrico Fedrigoli, Brian McCarty (War-Toys), Rowshanbakht Hossein & Hassan (The Wall Collection), Stefano Mirabella (DOM) and Alessandro Secondin (The second number)
Also in the Arsenal, with the contribution of the Scavi Scaligeri International Center of Photography, we will be exhibiting a selection of photographs (from the Scavi Scaligeri archive) by Franco Fontana, Luigi Ghirri, Greg Gorman, Michael Kenna, Daniel Lee, Giuseppe Pino, Ferdinando Scianna, Tazio Secchiaroli, Enzo Sellerio, Oliviero Toscani and Jerry Uelsmann.
Inside the Arsenal, for the entire duration of the festival, a space dedicated to independent photographic publishing will also be set up.
From September 10th to 21st, at the Spazio Arte Pisanello will be hosted the exhibition of Mike Crawford Obsolete and Discontinued, a project based on the idea of, giving new life to analogue photography, considered by many to be obsolete. Thanks to the recovery and recycling of old materials that have been out of production for a long time and destined for pulping, the author photography is saved by the intervention of the English printer, involved in the field of ecology and sustainability. The exhibition was exhibited in Barcelona, Cologne, London, Ljubljana and Naples.
A vintage bus of the Inbusclub Association, parked on the Arsenal square during the festival, will host the Off photographers selected through an international call.
At the Civic Library, from October 5th to 12th, will be also possible to visit the photographic exhibition of Kevin Horan, which portrays goats and sheep in the studio.
The Dolomites Stories project by Alessandro Cristofoletti will be also exhibited from September 16th to 25th at ShyGallery33 in via XX Settembre.
From October 16th to 2nd November, at the Isolo17 Gallery (in via XX Settembre), will be exhibited “Cuando el recuerdo se convierte en polvo” by Cuban Ricardo Miguel Hernandez and “Interpose” by Eolo Perfido.
There will be also numerous side events in various locations around the city and outside the walls:
The 8th of October at 4.00 pm, at the Museum of Natural Sciences, a talk will be held entitled: I spoke to a goat. The poetry of everyday life through photos of animals and plants. The speakers are the critic and journalist of the Republic Michele Smargiassi, the publisher Valentina De Pasca and the writer Giulia Mirandola.
The 15th of September at 9.00 pm, the electronic musician Vincenzo Scorza will hold an audio-video performance entitled “Island – liveset for inaccurate sounds and errant photons” at the Laboratorio Theater. The artistic intervention is in collaboration with the perAspera festival.
On September 12, at the former military Arsenal at 2.30 pm, the lawyer Toti Bellastella, will hold a conference entitled “Photography and copyright”.
In this third edition, Grenze will still maintain its identity linked to training and education. On Saturday September 12th, the photographer Yvonne De Rosa of “Magazzini fotografici di Napoli”, will be available throughout the day for free Portfolio Readings that will be held in the main office.
Two Workshops included in the program of the festival: the one with Eolo Perfido by the Association NESSUNO[press] and the one with Valeria Pierini.
Furthermore, Grenze is also out of town. This year the Festival has partnered with different events in Emilia Romagna and Trentino:
in Bologna, it partnered in the Art and The City Festival with Giorgia Chinellato’s The Flutter MtF / FtM project, created in 2018 on commission from the festival;
in Trento, it exhibited Andrea Roversi’s Dauðalogn at the Trentino Impact Hub. And again in Trento, at the Due Punti Bookstore will be exhibited Nostos by FabioMoscatelli.
In the same bookstore in Trentino, a fanzine space will also be open for the duration of the exhibition (until the end of June).
Grenze is a non profit Festival but it is made possible by the important presence of some partner friends.
Supporters: Zanotto Foundation, Flos, Mail Boxes ETC, Cartongraph Partner Galleries: Isolo17, Photographic Warehouses, Luigi di Sarro Contemporary
Artistic Documentation Center
Technical sponsors: E-Graphic, Art Verona 2020, Teatro Scientifico, Museo Diocesano d’Arte, Associazione Are We Human, IC09 Valerio Catullo, Nessunopress, Incontridifotografia, Libreria Due Punti, 5Continents Edizioni, Trentino Impact Hub, e Domini Veneti
Photo prints are possible thanks to Samuele Mancini e Canson.
The communication of the festival is entirely conceived and designed by the students of the IUSVE Graphic and Multimedia Communication Sciences and Techniques course, coordinated by the professor Stefano Torregrossa.
The exhibitions at the former Military Arsenal (Pavilion 20/01 and bus) and the Arte Pisanello space will be free entry and open during the festival days from 10.00 am to 7.00 pm.
For other locations, see the time of each individual office. Daily updated information on the festival can be found on
Luigi Di Sarro_Experimental Photography ’70_from Historical Archive L.Di Sarro
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