Shanghai Prize

Residences for Italian and Chinese emerging artists. First edition of the Shanghai Prize begins with the assignment of six residencies respectively to three young Italian artists: Domenico Antonio Mancini, Susanna Pozzoli and Nadir Valente, previously hosted in Shanghai at the Faculty of Fine Arts ca...

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Residences for Italian and Chinese emerging artists.

First edition of the Shanghai Prize begins with the assignment of six residencies respectively to three young Italian artists: Domenico Antonio Mancini, Susanna Pozzoli and Nadir Valente, previously hosted in Shanghai at the Faculty of Fine Arts campus – Shanghai University and to the three young Chinese artists, hosted in Turin at the artistic residence San Domenico Art Residence.

 

The three Chinese artists, QIAN Ning, QIU Jia, ZHOU Yang, winners of the selection for the second phase of the Prize Shanghai, as required by the competition rules, will exhibit their works made during their stay, at the spaces of Santa Giulia Art & Wine Residence, Turin. The exhibition will remain open until Sunday, 9 June 2013.
First edition of the Shanghai Prize begins with the assignment of six residencies respectively to three young Italian artists: Domenico Antonio Mancini, Susanna Pozzoli and Nadir Valente, previously hosted in Shanghai at the Faculty of Fine Arts campus – Shanghai University and to the three young Chinese artists, hosted in Turin at the artistic residence San Domenico Art Residence.

The project Shanghai Prize comes from an institutional agreement signed by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities – General Office for landscape, fine arts, architecture and contemporary arts (PaBAAC) / Architecture Service and Contemporary Arts, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Italian Cultural Institute, Section of Shanghai (MAE – IIC) and the Institute Garuzzo for the Visual Arts (IGAV), with the aim of promoting research and awareness of the different artistic languages between the two Countries.

Chinese and Italian artists winners of this first edition will meet with representatives of the institutions responsible for this Award, at the press conference and at the opening of the Italian Pavilion of 55° International Art Exhibition in Venice.
The second edition of the Shanghai Prize will be presented on 28  May 2013, at the Doge’s Palace in Venice, as part of the institutional initiatives of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, sponsored by the Architecture and Contemporary Arts Service of the Directorate General PaBAAC, at the 55° International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. Chinese and Italian artists, invited to participate, will explain their works and talk about their individual experience, for a first thought and evaluation of the entire project.

Works submitted by Chinese artists at Santa Giulia Art & Wine Residence’s spaces in Turin.

QIAN Ning was born 20 May 1989
Relationship.

The project Relationship of Qian Ning is based on the research of the bonds, connections, relations between two elements marking the essential relationship of our existence: Man and Nature. In this physical and mental relation, composed by observations and feelings, the Chinese artist produced a video in which the relational moments becomes abstracts by images of clouds. These “fragments” of the sky are shown in a state of rest, a state of visual indifference, in an apparently empty space which pushes the viewer to reflect on the issues that this melting pot and constantly changing society try to evade.

QIU Jia was born 1 August  1977
Catching Cage.

Qiu Jia thinks of sculpture as a fundamental language, to provide a meaning to his own vision of the world, of life and of the things surrounding it. To realize the project Catching Cage he has built a wooden cage, in which there are models of various shapes, assembled together, using traditional materials of Italian sculpture as clay and plaster. The idea is to create a space (the cage) inhabited by shapes and materials, which represent the basic structure of these elements, and at the same time, the possibility of use and transform them in another essence. A reflection, that one of Qiu Jia, ready to create a visual and optical short circuit among the material, the form and the space.

ZHOU Yang was born 31 July 1983
Shadow.

The project, which will be created in Turin, is named Shadow. The research of Yang Zhou approaches the procedures of a chemist  investigating, studying, analyzing the subject and its metamorphosis. Shadow’s absolute protagonist is the black paraffin. Subjecting the paraffin to various procedures, using this element in different temperature conditions and pressure, the Chinese artist creates changes of the material itself, altering and transforming it. The wax takes on a new form of body and shadow, after its melting and following solidification.

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