/ Italy

All'origine, 2023

All’origine, 2023
curved stainless steel, mirror
cm 155 × 43 × 135

sculpture and installation
first prize

A technical, modular object in which mother and daughter can sit with their backs to each other, give each other a hand, and look at each other through a mirror to find each other face to face more than they would do on a daily basis hiding behind resentment.  The work embodies one of the keys to the present time: a cold technicist functionalism combined with a recognition of the inalienability of the symbolic values that structure human relationships. 

Map3 / Re—Form
overall prize

A work that openly becomes a “device,” a machine for the revelation, interpretation, mutation and re—form of the world in which it manifests itself. Through it, the artist exalts and critiques the technical and determinist history of the twentieth century, mixing the functionalist device with the totem of symbolic exaltation, in an unexpected middle position between modernity and post-modernity. An apparatus that starts from individual trauma to become collective elaboration, subtly reformulating a status of the artist in society. 

Sade Linda Ekwedike (2000) was born in Pavia, Italy. She studied at Naba in Milan, where she graduated in 2023. Her research is deeply marked by a path of individual elaboration that begins with the condition of feeling “in between”: between the two cultures of her parents and between the two pieces of her home shattered with their separation. Through art, however, Ekwedike rejects into the public, relational dimension the personal need to heal conflicts, with an approach that always links form to the signification of gestures, and thus to a certain dimension of intervention in the real. In 2022 she collaborated with Warner Bros (Real Time) to realize in 7 breaths, for the international day for the elimination of violence against women, later donated to the Teresa Buonocore antiviolence center in Portici, Naples. In All’origine she realizes a technical object, modular in a domestic setting, in which mother and daughter can sit back-to-back, give each other a hand and look at each other through a mirror to find each other face to face more than they would daily hidden behind resentment. In the curves of the tubular structure archetypal forms of woman and mother can be discerned.