The Vernissage of the XII Talent Prize exhibition was held on the 30th of October 2019. Talent Prize is an international visual arts award organised by Inside Art, supported by Fondazione Cultura e Arte and promoted by Roma Capitale – Assessorato alla Crescita culturale and Azienda Speciale Palaexpo.
The event, which every year explores the contemporary artistic output of the under-forties and represents an opportunity to meet young white hopes, was held in Pavilion 9B of the Mattatoio (former abattoir), where the exhibition of the artworks has been organised and may be visited until the 13th of November. The Exhibition features works by Giulio Squillacciotti, winner of this year’s Talent Prize, and Arianna Todisco, Simona Andrioletti, Edoardo Aruta, Giulia Berra, Roland Burkart, Letizia Calori, Francesco Ciavaglioli, Agostino Iacurci and Davide Mancini Zanchi, the nine finalists.
The works by the winners of the special awards are also on show, including, for the second year running, the prize named after Professor Emmanuele F.M. Emanuele, created in recognition of his patronage of the arts and a testimony that seals the relationship between Inside Art and Fondazione Cultura e Art, an instrumentality of Fondazione Terzo Pilastro – Internazionale, which is chaired by Emanuele.
The Emmanuele Emanuele Prize goes to the duo Genuardi &Ruta for their SN 1604: Professor Emanuele explained “The reason for this conferral is to be found in the quality of research conducted by these two young artists who create environmental installations, or as they like to call them, “picto-sculptures”, by assembling wood, textiles and acrylic paint thus giving the artwork a peculiar dynamism within the environment in which it is placed. Also interesting is the two artists’ particular interpretation of their creation, namely ‘a relationship between the Western culture, associated with the viewer, and light and its rays associated with the Eastern culture, since in my opinion, it captures one of the primary functions of art today; connecting distant worlds, creating a common, universal language.
The artworks by the other special prizes winners are also displayed: Federico Delfrati won the special prize awarded by UTOPIA (a leading company in Italy in Public, Media an Legal Affairs) with his interactive sculpture ‘Friend of Foe (the Balilla project)’; Valerio Polici won the Inside Art special prize with his photography project titled ‘Interno’ and Andrea Lo Giudice won the Fondamenta special prize with his ‘Andreol’ artwork.
The founder of the Guido Talarico prize dwelt on the young age of the artists: “Also this year Talent Prize proves the vitality of the young artists in the panorama of contemporary art and the quality of their artworks and the value of the their research that distinguish them makes our imagination travel beyond the boundaries of our knowledge.”