WINNERS

Mediterranean Contemporary Art Prize | 2019

SCULPTURE AND INSTALLATION

1st Place | SCULPTURE AND INSTALLATION

Nemanja POPADIĆ Austria

Artwork: KNOCKING. ACT II

JURY'S STATEMENT
An installation that, containing a performative practice, goes beyond the research to become a brilliant and technological diorama. Popadić actualizes and transfers an intense sense of discomfort in the blunt and elegant use of assembly and splitting devices in a new spatial dimension.

2nd Place | SCULPTURE AND INSTALLATION

Leandro D’AGNONE Italia

Artwork: SENZA TITOLO, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
Between organic and inorganic, vital and inert, opaque and translucent, D’Agnone’s artwork explores the potential and unexpected dimensions of a marble block. A sensuality dug with difficulty but made with fitting naturalness, as to create from nowhere the monovalve cocoon of an enigmatic shellfish unknown to zoology.

3rd Place | SCULPTURE AND INSTALLATION

Nisio LOPERGOLO Italy

Artwork: URANIA: “COLEI CHE È CELESTE”, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
A variegated imaginative structure in the shape of a fragile and brilliant totem: Lopergolo uses a sophisticate technique to take the ceramic material to the desired dimension, making it a magical artefact, not lacking of irony.

 

Special mention of the Jury | SCULPTURE AND INSTALLATION

Léna PIANI France

Artwork: JËRËJËF MAMA, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
For the capability to realise, with simple gestures of displacement in unexpected contexts, small theatres of life where traumas, desires and perspectives can be elaborated. Lena Piani puts together virgin synthetic materials and objects full of stories and memories in order to create scenographies for tiny objects captured in their thoughtful melancholy.

 

Manuela TELESCA Italy

Artwork: MATRIARCHE, 2015
JURY'S STATEMENT
In a threshold and fluid dimension of sculpture, Manuela Telesca throws in a comparison full of formal outcomes, stone and metal, in mutual stages of indetermination. “Matriarche” (Matriarches) is a sculpture unusually horizontal where the feminine contradicts and dissolves the categories of monumental.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY

1st Place | PHOTOGRAPHY

Léna PIANI France

Artwork: DORA, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
Played on a perceptive deceit that seems pleasant and harmless at a first look, “Dora” is actually a subtle instrument for processing and catharsis: in the construction of a scene through imagination, it shows and fixes the irrimediable human fragility.

2nd Place | PHOTOGRAPHY

George ZOUEIN Lebanon

Artwork: MAELSTORM, 2015
JURY'S STATEMENT
A marine landscape full of remarkable energy, which alludes to Turner and Gericault, but also to the disturbing suspension of the first marine pictures in double exposure by Le Gray. A lyric dramatism in which the landscape itself becomes the plastic material for the expression of a feeling.

3rd Place | PHOTOGRAPHY

Svetlana JACQUOT France

Artwork: ETERNAL INHABITANT OF THE MEDITERRANEAN | MYTH, 2018
JURY'S STATEMENT
Refined and soft, Svetlana Jacquot’s photography feeds on framents in order to find a perspective that is multiple and harmonious at the same time. Fragile pieces of paper for irrepressible and mysterious tales, where the look vibrates in the impossibility to distinguish between the flat and the scene.

Special mention of the Jury | PHOTOGRAPHY

Selina MAYER UK

Artwork: THE FOREST (ALI & DEVIN), 2017
JURY'S STATEMENT
Naked bodies inside the nature express themselves with peaceful and pacified determination. Between the impulse towards the bound and the aspiration for freedom, fetish and primordiality, Selina Mayer gives voice to a dimension of desire which has a deep and poetical breath that does not avoid an open dialogue with controversies..

 

PAINTING

1st Place | PAINTING

Amir ZAREZADEH Iran

Artwork: TERIAGE, 2018
JURY'S STATEMENT
An important gaze thrown out from the painting and a scream which opens up in the empty space generating the dispersion of the somatic traits of the person, through a lumpy substance, in a black and intense background. “Teriage” convinces for the powerful harmony between the theme chosen and the intensity and empathy of an original techique.

2nd Place | PAINTING

Lila KB Argentina

Artwork: CLIMBING THE EARTH / SCALANDO LA TERRA, 2018
JURY'S STATEMENT
“Climbing the Earth” is a sample of Lila KB's abilities in managing the tones and topic of painting in an original way. A well-chosen technique not without contrasts, organised in a presonal, mature and well-structured style.

3rd Place | PAINTING

Azam SARAEI (Mahnaz) Iran

Artwork: NOSTALGIA, 2016
JURY'S STATEMENT
A blue forest becomes the background of some melancholic human presences, similar to projections of subconscious layers. A complex level effect places the person among the trees in an impassable place, where the images vibrate with an instability to which painting exposes apparently without any sense of effort.

3rd Place | PAINTING

Carmine PALLADINO Italy

Artwork: I VIAGGIANTI, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
Just three colours to outline a scenery which, in the extreme abstraction, can condense in primordial symbols and signs the feelings and hopes of a trip: “I viaggianti” (“the travellers”) is a painting that feeds on the lessons from the Italian painting of the post-war period about new suggestions and sensitivities.

Special mention of the Jury | PAINTING

Alieh ABEDINI (Aliya) Iran

Artwork: UNTITLED, 2015
JURY'S STATEMENT
In a powerful circle, a person and their alter ego meet and mix, among Arabic decorations and allegorical hallucinations, as in a kaleidoscope. The geometries of the iconoclastic art are connected to the signs of Western fashion, in a solemn painting where ancient and hip-hop aesthetics agree to meet.

 

Giuseppe Rossini Italy

Artwork: TRA LE ALTRE COSE, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
The ancient technique of intarsia competes with contemporary. An artwork made with anything but different wooden essences wisely combined by Giuseppe Rossini who, with “Tra le altre cose” (“Among other things”), lets us glimpse new destinies, with subtly semiotic implications, for an art which risked dismissal.

 

Danielle LEHTINEN Poland

Artwork: 43 HEAVEN’S GATE, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
Brief and large brush strokes of colour, well distinct in the modulation of the tones of light blue and silver, are placed on the surface as vibrations of a single object. Danielle Lehtinen, in a small and precious painting framed by a shiny metal, plays with narrowness to represent the immensity.

 

DIGITAL ART

1st Place | DIGITAL ART

Patricia HEUKER OF HOEK The Netherlands

Artwork: DUTCH GIRL GWYN II, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
Patricia Heuker of Hoek uses the resources of digital art to direct the image of reality at the register of emblem: her “Dutch girl”, illuminated by a white light, looks like porcelain and made of porcelain, to the point of expressing, alone before a lens, a universal quality of the human.

2nd Place | DIGITAL ART

Fiona NÒVE Mauritius

Artwork: IL SIMBIOSÌ, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
In the digital dimension of what is infinitely possible, Nòve mixes with great compositional ability, different registers and sources to obtain scenes populated by presences and phantasmagorias. Her work is a collection of memories, signs and suggestions that depict an utopian Matera.

3rd Place | DIGITAL ART

Paola Salvia Italy

Artwork: IO NON SONO QUI, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
With determination and energy, a stroke of withe painting moves forward on a black face lost in the dark in a stop motion video. It reveals it, it marks it, it denies it, before it moves back and leaves once again the scene. “Io non sono qui” (“I am not here”) is claim and token, slogan and cry of necessity, but also the manifesto for the engagement in painting.

 

DRAWING, GRAPHICS AND CALLIGRAPHY

1st Place | DRAWING, GRAPHICS AND CALLIGRAPHY

Ilaria MOSCARDI Italy

Artwork: MISCELAZIONI:TERRE DI FORZA, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
Ilaria Moscardi achieves a personal technique consisting of a corporeal relation with paper: she paints with fingers, she kneads with the palms of her hands, she marks, traces and draws with prickwood. A mental universe made of ambiguous and insidious conflicts that often result in sensuality and carnality.

2nd Place| DRAWING, GRAPHICS AND CALLIGRAPHY

Michele BARBARO Italy

Artwork: POLVERE NERA, 2019
JURY'S STATEMENT
The fascination for abandoned industrial landscapes becomes an unmissable chance to experiment the aspects of a chromatic trace that vanishes with its subject. An interesting proof of empathy that the artist displays with the scene.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PRIZE

Felipe CAVALCANTI Brasil

Artwork: HUMANOCRACIA, 2016

 

Marwan Wajih NAHLÉ Lebanon

Artwork: ALTERNITY, 2014

Aziza GUERMAZY Tunisia

Artwork: LES YEUX DE LA VIE, 2018

Selina MAYER UK

Artwork: THE FOREST (ALI & DEVIN), 2017

Special mention by the President of Porta Coeli Foundation

Fiona NÒVE Mauritius

Artwork: IL SIMBIOSÌ, 2019