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”.
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
Paintings and papers created by Enzo Cursaro in recent years, which shows a marked interest in the sign as an expressive figure that finds in the plot, a narrative plot full of references drawn from the anthropological sphere. “At stake is the figure of his existential identity, of his link with the places where he was born, with Paestum and his mystery. Attica is above all the panorama that opens to his eyes when, from the top of his studio, they range over the expanse of the plain that welcomes the Magna Graecia city going west, until reaching Capri. It acts as a reunion with its origins, with memory, with the vitality of the first encounter with the sign “.
Enzo Cursaro was born in Paestum in 1953. He studied in Naples where, at the Academy of Fine Arts, he followed Domenico Spinosa’s lessons and where he graduated in 1978. In those years his interest was oriented towards abstract-informal compositions, which he would later resume in the 90’s. In the second half of the 70’s, as soon as he left the Academy of Fine Arts, he began his relationship with San Carlo Art Gallery directed by Raffaele Formisano, thus becoming an active part of a group of artists belonging to the Mezzogiorno (South of Italy). For about thirty years (1983-2012), he lives permanently in Verona, where he teaches art history and pictorial disciplines at public secondary schools. Since the mid-eighties he has exhibited mainly in Europe. Recently he has returned to Paestum where he lives and works.
Alessio Barchitta, Giulia Fumagalli, Salvador Gomez, Grace Mokalapa, Zana Masombuka and Viktoria Nianiou end their journey with Arp-Art Residency Project at Investec Cape Town Art Fair, co-existence is the show of artworks made by the 6 winning artists during the six weeks of the art residency between Cape Town, Granada e Roma.
co-existence is an exploratory journey of interpersonal, geographical, and collective experiences of identity. We all exist in close proximity, but often without being aware of each other’s individual and shared experience. We move in built and organic environments that evoke emotional responses – beyond our consciousness – the scenography of our daily life.
co-existence is not the sum of individuals, but the result of this addition.
co-existence means sharing and reflecting on our identity in terms of culture, heritage, gender, and environment. One of the questions the project poses is: how we can realize a co-existence without disavowing our individual cultural heritage.
co-existence will see three stages of travel, meetings, and research: Cape Town, Granada and Rome. (Alessandra Atti Di Sarro – ARP Director)
Giulia Fumagalli and Alessio Barchitta from Italy, Viktoria Nianiou and Salvador Gomez from Spain, Zana Masombuka and Grace Mokalapa from South Africa, are the 6 young winners artists of ARP 7Edition. From the 14th of December 2019 to the 18th of January 2020 they will be on show with co-existence, the exhibition that concludes the art residency project between Cape Town, Granada e Rome.
ARP is a program of international residencies organized by Centro Luigi Di Sarro, with the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO. ARP is aimed at engaging young artists under 30 with geographical and interpersonal exchanges. ARP 7th Edition – Talents Exchange has been made possible thanks to the contribution of the MAECI-Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and to Media Aid Onlus and My Cape Town. The exchange project between South Africa and Italy began in 2009 and since then more than twenty-five artists have travelled and worked between the two countries.
The present edition, took place in Cape Town, Granada, and Rome, adding a second stage in Europe. In November and December 2019 the Talent Exchange followed a new format: an itinerant route where each artist will have the opportunity to work on a research project in constant dialogue with the environment and the rest of the group. The participants have different stories and artistic background: Giulia Fumagalli and Alessio Barchitta come from Milan but Alessio was born in Sicily, Salvador Gomez comes from Barcelona whereas Viktoria Nianiou has studied in Spain but was born in Greece. Lastly, Grace Mokalapa and Zana Masombuka both live in Johannesburg.
The Italian Cultural Institute of Belgrade presents Luigi Di Sarro. Theater in the form of photography, an exhibition dedicated to Luigi Di Sarro, an artist active in the Sixties and Seventies, a period that today is being brought to the attention of critics for the innovative thrusts brought to contemporary art. The exhibition, organized on the occasion of the forty-year anniversary of the artist’s death in collaboration with the Documentation Center of Contemporary Artistic Research Luigi Di Sarro, is curated by Prof. Lorenzo Mango of the University of Naples “L’Orientale” and will be opened at the Italian Cultural Institute of Belgrade on October 3rd 2019 at 6.30 pm, where it will remain on show until October 22nd.
IIC Belgrade participates with this event in the Day of the Contemporary, promoted by AMACI that in the last editions, with the collaboration started by the Mibac with Maeci, also involves Embassies, Consulates and Italian Cultural Institutes abroad in organizing events for the enhancement of contemporary Italian art and culture.
The inauguration will be preceded by the presentation of the book by Carla Cucchiarelli That night in Rome, a biography of the artist who died prematurely, only thirty-seven in 1979, killed for a fatal misunderstanding in the tense climate of the Seventies in Italy.
The international promotion project linked to the forty years from the death, is inspired by an intuition of the same Di Sarro – who in a pen drawing had indicated places on the terrestrial globe “Rome, New York, Tokyo and … who knows where” -, was promoted and realized in numerous locations abroad and after the Belgrade stop will continue for other exhibitions in the world.
The project Return Berlin-Rome | Rome-Berlin, born from an idea by Susanne Kessler, promotes the collaboration of Centro Luigi Di Sarro with the VBK-Verein Berliner Künstler and aims to start an exchange between the artistic realities of Italy and Germany, through the dialogue between the two capitals where the proposing associations are located.
Andrea Aquilanti, Angelo Casciello, Veronica Montanino, Pamela Pintus and Sara Spizzichino are the italian artists on show at the VBK-Gallery, from September 13th to October 6th 2019.
The project, carried out in two stages, brought the works of 5 German artists (Birgit Borggrebe, Jürgen Kellig, Susanne Kessler, Nele Probst, Marianne Stoll) to Centro Luigi Sarro in Rome in April 2019.
Giulia Fumagalli and Alessio Barchitta from Italy, Viktoria Nianiou and Salvador Gomez from Spain, Zana Masombuka and Grace Mokalapa from South Africa. The Centro Luigi Di Sarro’s international residency programme, realized with the contribution of the MAECI, is aimed at young U30 artists. Cape Town, Granada and Rome are the Talents Exchange stages, between November and December 2019.
The 7th Edition of the ARP-Art Residency Project will start from Cape Town in November. The residency program for young artists under 30 is conceived and promoted by the Centro Luigi Di Sarro, through an innovative formula that involves several countries.
Talents exchange is an artistic adventure of experimentation and intercultural dialogue that will see a group of 6 artists traveling together first to Cape Town, then to Granada and finally to Rome, for almost 2 months.
The program will allow the group of artists, selected through a competition and by a jury of experts, to undertake a training trip between North and South of the world. The course, consisting of 3 periods of residency in South Africa, Spain and Italy, ideally combines the Mediterranean with Sub-Saharan Africa and acts as a bridge of knowledge between Europe and South Africa, a leading country on the continent for cultural and artistic growth. The winners will have the opportunity to carry out a research project and discuss with the group to set up local events on the way and a final exhibition in Rome in December.
The winning projects of ARP 7Edition range in the different fields of the figurative arts and investigate the most contemporary themes, all oriented to the bet of knowledge.
Over 50 contacts and 38 valid applications came to the selection of the jury composed of: Jake Aikman, Satellite, Cape Town; Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, Centro Luigi Di Sarro; Khanya Mashabela, Art critic, Cape Town; Marisa Mancilla, Facultad de Bellas Artes UGR, Universidad de Granada; Francesco Ozzola, Suburbia, Granada; Carlotta Sylos Calò, University of Tor Vergata, Rome.
ARP 7th Edition – Talents Exchange is realized with the contribution of MAECI – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and Media Aid Onlus, in partnership with Suburbia Granada, Spain, and Satellite Cape Town, South Africa, and with the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO.
Enthusiastic and numerically relevant response to the new formula of the ARP residency. Over 50 contacts. The Call is closed and the selection process is going to begin by the jury, to choose the 6 young winners who will participate in the itinerary between Italy, Spain and South Africa.
ARP-Art Residency Project 7th Edition is designed and promoted by Centro di Documentazione della Ricerca Artistica Contemporanea Luigi Di Sarro, Rome, Italy and aimed at young visual artists. ARP 7th Edition is realized with a contribution of MAECI – Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and of Media Aid Onlus, with the partnership of Suburbia Satellite Granada, Spain, and Cape Town, South Africa, and with the collaboration of Rainbow Media NPO.
This call is an opportunity to encourage artistic production by emerging artists in the countries involved, Italy, Spain and South Africa .The call is open to young artists who are under 30 years old on the date of publication of the announcement. The applicants must be interested to share experience and be available to participate in all 3 different periods of residencies from November 2019 to April 2020.
The project offers:
residency in Cape Town South Africa residency in Granada Spain residency in Rome Italy (IMPORTANT: air tickets and accommodation will be provided by the organization, not food and personal expenses. Accommodation will be in multiple rooms.)
The 6 winners (2 artists from Italy, 2 from Spain and 2 from South Africa) will travel together and must be ready to interact with the group and participate to the project activities. The selected artists have to declare their intention to make a research project during the residencies and be ready to show the results as conclusion of each residency period and a final exhibition will be organized at Centro Luigi Di Sarro in Rome.
The entries will be evaluated by a jury of experts:
Jake Aikman, Satellite, Cape Town
Alessandra Atti Di Sarro, Centro Luigi Di Sarro, Rome
Khanya Mashabela, Art critic, Cape Town
Marisa Mancilla, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Universidad de Granada
Francesco Ozzola, Suburbia, Granada
Carlotta Sylos Calò, Università degli Studi di Tor Vergata, Roma
The winners will receive an email to the email address with which they registered for the Call and their names will be advertised on the promoter’s websites and social networks.
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