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.

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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).

Italian Section:

  • 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
  • CONCERNING ALCHEMY, by Rory Emmett
  • SALT, by Thania Petersen
  • SHELTER, by Kamyar Bineshtarigh

VAA-VIDEO ART AWARD 10 Finalists on Show in PHILIPPI, Cape Town March 24th 2018. In September again in Italy during the CORTOLOVERE International Festival

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.



March 2 – May 18, 2018

Inaugurated in Pretoria, South Africa, the exhibition with which the international celebrations for 40 years after the death of Luigi Di Sarro starts. The event is promoted by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Pretoria with the collaboration of the UP ARTS Department of the University of Pretoria. The images of the opening and the academic lecture.



IL MITO DEL POP PERCORSI ITALIANI – curated by Silvia Pegoraro – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Armando Pizzinato, Pordenone, 2017 May 13th – October 8th

There was an Italian way to Pop and it was absolutely original. Silvia Pegoraro highlights this exhibition with the strong criticism that brings together at the Galleria d’Arte moderna e Contemporanea Armando Pizzicato di Pordenone, about 70 works, most precious and some never before exhibited. An exhibition project aimed at highlighting the peculiarity and originality of the Italian way to Pop Art.

“It is time,” says the Councilor for Culture of the Municipality of Pordenone, Pietro Tropeano, to begin the deepening and reinterpretation of an Italian art movement of great importance, such as that of Pop Art, which in Italy had many protagonists in a most lively period of contemporary art in our country. ”

1964 is the year of the triumph of American Pop Art at the Venice Biennale, but at the same time there are between Rome and Milan, artists who have expressed the best of Italian pop art.

“The italian and european way, before the references to the artistic tradition, is manifested in the strong instance of craftsmanship / manual capability – the Curator says – far from the purely industrial techniques used by american Pop Art. An originality that is confirmed by the works on show. Highlighting, it is above all the inclination of Italians to work on cultural stereotypes, rather than merely on commodity objects and images of mass communication, with a more explicit manipulation of images. ”

On show: Valerio Adami, Franco Angeli, Enrico Baj, Gianfranco Baruchello, Gianni Bertini, Umberto Bignardi, Marisa Busanel, Mario Ceroli, Claudio Cintoli, Lucio Del Pezzo, Bruno Di Bello, Luigi Di Sarro, Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Piero Gilardi, Ettore Innocente, Sergio Lombardo, Renato Mambor, Gino Marotta, Titina Maselli, Aldo Mondino, Pino Pascali,  Concetto Pozzati, Mimmo Rotella, Mario Schifano, Cesare Tacchi, Emilio Tadini, Giulio Turcato.

The exhibition is promoted and organized by the Cultural Council of the Municipality of Pordenone, in collaboration with Ente Regionale per il Patrimonio Culturale della Regione Friuli Venezia Giulia, with the sponsor of Fondazione Friuli, and the contribution of Crédit Agricole Friuladria e Itas Mutua.

Opening: saturday 13 may 2017 at 6pm
Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Armando Pizzinato, Pordenone
Viale Dante, 33

the exhibition will run: 13 may – 8 october 2017 (wed-sun h. 3pm-7pm)

Catalogue italian/english curated by Silvia Pegoraro