This year’s contestants for the prestigious Arte Laguna Prize have been selected to compete in a unique opportunity within the world of Contemporary Art, encouraging stepping away from traditional routes of art production, and exploring different languages, cultures, and realities, for worthy prizes of cash, and opportunities for collaborations, exhibitions, and an art residency in Italy.
120 artworks from 33 countries have all been assembled in the spaces of the Arsenale of Venice, with their categories ranging from paintings, sculpture, digital art, urban art, photography, performances, and a newly added design category, further widening the competition. Participants come from countries like Italy, Germany, France, Lebanon, Japan, China, Mexico, Serbia, Croatia, the United States of America, Portugal, Spain and Canada.
The works will be exhibited at an exhibition curated by Igor Zanti, with the collaboration of twelve international jurors who have evaluated and selected the competing artworks; the jury is made up of renowned figures, as well as intellectuals of different artistic disciplines, and they are: Flavio Arensi, Filippo, Andreatta, Alfonso Femia, Mattias Givell, Eva González-Sancho, Simone Pallotta, Richard Noyce, Danilo Premoli, Enrico Stefanelli, Alessandra Tiddia, Vasili Tsereteli and Maxa Zoller.
In addition to the fierce competition, the Exhibition includes an inviting program of guided tours, activities, talks of art and different topics—from art collection, to art and sustainability. The guests in the talks include the likes of Gabriella Belli, director of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia (MUVE), Dr. Susan Hansen from the Nuart Journal (UK), Mattias Givell, the co-director of Wanås Konst Center for Art in Sweden, and more.
Arte Laguna kicks off on the 30th of March, and ends on the 25th of April.