The Jury

of the Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize 2019


ITALY | President of the International Jury

Cristiano Giometti is Professor of History of Modern Art and Director of the School of Specialization in Historical and Artistic Heritage - University of Florence.
Research Doctor in History of Visual Arts at the University of Pisa (2004) with a thesis on Baroque sculptor Domenico Guidi (1625-1701), he collaborated with the Superintendencies of Pisa and Livorno, of the Polo Museale Romano and of Lazio. His research focuses mainly on Roman Baroque sculpture and its spread in Italy and Europe and on the artistic relations between Italy and England in the late Baroque period. Among his publications, the catalog of terracotta sculptures of the National Museum of the Palace of Venice (Rom 2011), as part of research funded by the Los Angeles Getty Foundation.

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EGYPT | Juror

Graduated from the Faculty of Art Education in 1989, Helwan University, Egypt (first, honor rank). He received his masters and Ph.D. in Art and Education from the same academy. He also published international researches in Art and Education and has been working since his graduation as a professor in the Department of Drawing and Painting.
Sakr taught at the American University in Cairo (AUC), Visual Arts Department, as well as the University of Bahrain. He participated in several workshops in Europe and the USA. He also contributed to Fulbright programs as arbitrator of art projects granting in the Middle East. He cooperated with some programs of the World Bank in Washington DC as well.
He has travelled to many parts of the world, including Europe, the USA, Africa and some islands in the Indian Ocean.
He believes that the world is a never-ending journey as art is.


GREECE | Juror

Theologian, Law & Doctor of Sociologist, he is Founder and Secretary of the Orthodox Monastic Congregation of Metamorphosis of Nafpaktos (Greece).
Expert of international cultures. Responsible for the international relations of the Study Center and the Byzantine iconography laboratory of the Monastery. Founder and President of the "Hellenic Humanitarian Organization" and "Tennessee Ambassador of Goodwill".


ITALIA | Juror

He took a degree at Fine art academy of Palermo and a master degree in Communications design at the Iuav University of Venice; he refined his studies on design for cultural heritage (De_lab, University of Calabria and Sensi Contemporanei; Relational design, Abadir, Catania). He had been in Adi design index / Compasso d'Oro committee from 2015 to 2019, a lecturer in Graphic Design II at the Fine art academy of Palermo and taught Art history from Renaissance to contemporary for Porta Coeli academy. Included in Millenials Aiap. La nuova scena della grafica italiana, in Index, archive by Fondazione Southeritage for contemporary art in Basilicata (Southern Italy). Among his solo show in visual arts: Paper (2013), Picture / Preview (2015), Un’indagine (2016).
As an artist and designer, he deals with images as devices for collective consciousness, remarkable moments in the development of the representation of a phenomenon in the forms of history capable of revealing removed and irresolute issues.

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IRAN | Juror

After graduating in Painting at the "University of Science and Culture, the Art & Architecture faculty" in Tehran,
repeatedly awarded as an artist since her adolescence, she dedicates herself to research and teaching at schools and university centers
of Tehran, becoming a reference point for the new generation of Iranian artists.
Since 1991 there are many designers and painters trained with his method.

Why the Prize?

The Prize was conceived to ensure a primary role to contemporary art within the framework of artistic and cultural European events of interest involving the town of Matera and the Basilicata region.

Matera - Basilicata 2019

From 19 January 2019, the day of the opening ceremony and until 20 December 2019, Matera and Basilicata will be at the center of the world as the European capital of culture, a showcase to say the least prestigious for those who want to be part of it.

Thinking Mediterranean

Thinking “Mediterranean” equals recognizing the undeniable value of diversity and seeing cultural contamination as the only instrument for individuals and communities’ evolution, not as a risk for each single identity.

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