“BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS”

THE COLLEZIONETAURISANO ACQUISITION AWARD

WE ARE HAPPY TO PRESENT “BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS”, THE COLLEZIONETAURISANO ACQUISITION AWARD FOR ART-O-RAMA 2020 (MARSEILLE).

 

IN ITS FIRST EDITION, THE AWARD HAS THE INTENTION OF SUPPORTING EMERGING ARTISTIC PRACTICES THAT PRESENT AN INSIGHTFUL LOOK INTO CONTEMPORARY SOCIETY.

 

IN UNCERTAIN TIMES OF SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION AND MISGUIDED POLITICAL ACTION THAT OFTEN LEADS TO DIVISION AND SEPARATION, ART CAN PROVIDE A WAKE-UP CALL FOR SOCIETY AT LARGE BY FOSTERING DIALOGUE BETWEEN PEOPLE AND PROVIDING THE TOOLS FOR IMAGINING NEW POSSIBLE WAYS TO (CO)-INHABIT OUR PLANET.

 

IN LINE WITH THE COMMITMENT OF THE COLLEZIONETAURISANO TOWARDS ART THAT IGNITES CRITICAL REFLECTION ON THE DYNAMICS OF DOMINATION OF A POST-CAPITALIST SOCIETY, “BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS” WILL THEN OFFER RECOGNITION TO AN ARTIST WHOSE PRACTICE PROVIDES A PROFOUND UNDERSTANDING OF THE TIME(S) WE LIVE IN.

 

WHILE EACH ARTISTIC MEDIUM WILL BE EQUALLY CONSIDERED, THE SELECTION CRITERIA WILL TAKE INTO SPECIFIC ACCOUNT THE ARTIST’S TRAJECTORY (PRIMARILY FOCUSING ON THOSE ARTISTS WHO STARTED EXHIBITING PROFESSIONALLY WITHIN THE LAST TEN YEARS), AND THE PRICE OF THE WORK PRESENTED AT ART-O-RAMA (EQUAL OR LESS THAN €5000).

 

ACCORDING TO THIS, A JURY MADE UP OF COLLECTOR SVEVA TAURISANO AND INDEPENDENT CURATOR CAROLINA CIUTI WILL FIRST SHORTLIST THE CANDIDATES AND THEN ANNOUNCE THE FINAL RECIPIENT OF THE ACQUISITION AWARD AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD ON THE PREMISES OF ART-O-RAMA.

 

ALONGSIDE THE ACQUISITION, COLLEZIONETAURISANO WILL THEN COMMISSION AN EMERGING CURATOR, ART WRITER OR RESEARCHER TO WRITE AN ESSAY ON THE CREATIVE PRACTICE OF THE WINNING ARTIST.

THE TITLE AS AN ARTWORK

THE TITLE OF THE ACQUISITION AWARD WAS DEVISED BY THE TRANSDISCIPLINARY ART COLLECTIVE APPARATUS 22. THE RESULT IS AN EXTRACT FROM SUPRAINFINIT (HYMN NO.3), A PIECE OF POETRY WHERE THE COLLECTIVE PONDERS ON THE NOTIONS OF GENEROSITY, CARE, AND VITALITY AS INTENSIFIED AT A “SUPRAINFINIT” LEVEL. “BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS” THEN REFERS TO THE AWARD AS A RAY OF SUN THAT NURTURES YOUNG PRACTICES, WHILE IT CLAIMS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MORE SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR THE ARTS. THE GRAPHIC INCARNATION OF THE AWARD'S NAME WAS CONCEIVED BY APPARATUS 22 IN COLLABORATION WITH GRAPHIC DESIGNER OTILIA FIASTRU.

 

 

ART-O-RAMA BRINGS TOGETHER A SMALL AND RIGOROUS SELECTION OF AROUND FORTY GALLERIES AND PUBLISHERS TO DEVELOP SPECIFIC CURATORIAL PROPOSALS. ITS INTIMATE FORMAT AND COMMITMENT TO ARTISTIC PROJECTS MAKES IT A UNIQUE EVENT. EXTENDING THE TRADITIONAL FAIR STAND TO A REAL EXHIBITION SPACE, WHOSE CONFIGURATION IS DIRECTLY LINKED TO THE CURATORIAL PROJECT, ART-O-RAMA PAYS SPECIFIC ATTENTION TO THE WORKS PRESENTED.

APPARATUS 22 IS A TRANSDISCIPLINARY ART COLLECTIVE THAT WAS FOUNDED IN JANUARY 2011 BY CURRENT MEMBERS ERIKA OLEA, MARIA FARCAS, DRAGOS OLEA TOGETHER WITH IOANA NEMES (1979 - 2011). SINCE 2015, THEY WORK BETWEEN BUCHAREST, BRUSSELS AND THE SUPRAINFINIT UTOPIAN UNIVERSE. APPARATUS 22 SEE THEMSELVES AS A COLLECTIVE OF DAYDREAMERS, RESEARCHERS, CITIZENS OF MANY REALMS, POETIC ACTIVISTS AND (FAILED) FUTUROLOGISTS.

CAROLINA CIUTI IS AN INDEPENDENT CURATOR AND CURRENTLY SERVES AS ARTISTIC DIRECTOR OF THE MOVING IMAGE ART FESTIVAL LOOP BARCELONA, WHICH SHE JOINED IN 2015 AFTER COMPLETING A MASTER’S DEGREE IN CONTEMPORARY ART AT THE SOTHEBY’S INSTITUTE OF ART (LONDON). SHE IS A CO-FOUNDING MEMBER OF CRIB, AN ART COLLECTIVE THAT CREATES HYBRID PROJECTS BETWEEN VISUAL ARTS, PERFORMANCE AND THEATRE. SINCE 2015, SHE WRITES EXTENSIVELY FOR ATLAS, AN ITALIAN PUBLISHING HOUSE SPECIALIZING IN THE EDUCATION SECTOR.