UniCredit Venice Award: here you are finalists shortlist
The contest, launched on February 2011 and dedicated to the pavilions of the Central Eastern European countries participating in this year's Venice Biennale, received eight applications, and the selected finalists are:
- for Croatia the artist Antonio G. Lauer, also known as Tomislav Gotovac, and the BADco Collective, selected by the curatorial committee What, How and for Whom/WHW, with the project "One Needs to Live Self-Confidently...Watching": an installation of films and photographs that reflects on ways of observing, underlining the manipulatory power of images, capable of changing the gaze through which reality is observed;
- for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, there is the artist Dominik Lang and the curator Yvona Ferencová, with the project "The Sleeping City". The title is also that of a work by Jiří Lang, Dominik's father and Czech sculptor, who came to the fore in the 1960s but whose fame then waned. Dominik, conversing with his father's sculptures, which have been left "asleep" and imprisoned in his studio, creates a display that his father was never able to create, intervening on the classical spaces of the Czech Pavilion;
- for Estonia, the artist Liina Siib and the curator Johannes Saar, with a project entitled "A Woman Takes Little Space": a large site-specific installation, a house with six rooms linked together conceptually, which through video and photography, with real portraits of women, examine women's condition in contemporary Estonian society;
- for Serbia, the artist Todosijevic Dragoljub Raša and the curator Sanja Kojic Mladenov, present the project "Light and Darkness of Symbols": an installation of objects, photographs and newspapers which make direct reference to the general ILLUMInations concept of the Venice Biennale. The artist reconsiders the identity of the Serbian Pavilion, examining the relationships between form and content, symbol and message, in a journey through the world of ideas, with all its lights and shadows;
- for Turkey, the artist Ayse Erkmen and the curator Fulya Erdemci present the project entitled Plan B: an installation which describes a complex and ineluctable relationship between Venice and water. The project transforms a room in the Arsenale into a great water purifier, which draws in liquid from the canal and - after passing it through a complex circuit of tubes and filters (in which visitors get caught up in an trip over) - emits clean water once more into the canal.
The award winner(s) will be presented by the International Scientific Commission of UniCredit for Art at a ceremony on June 3 at Venice's Palazzo Grassi. A prize of €150,000 will be awarded to them and the winning work(s) will become a part of the UniCredit Art Collection and will be loaned, free of charge, to a contemporary art museum in the home country of the artist(s).
UniCredit's engagement with culture has a long and distinguished history. For an international organization like ours, art is a language that seamlessly connects different places and cultures, providing valuable opportunities for engagement within the countries in which we live and work. Collaborating with young artists and tapping into their creativity generates the type of new energy and ideas that our group considers essential to the sustainable development ofour communities.
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