COMEL AWARD VANNA MIGLIORIN 20-21
MINUTES OF THE JURY
On October 7, 2021, at the Spazio Comel in Latina, at 11 am, the jury of the eighth edition of the Comel Vanna Migliorin International Contemporary Art Prize met.
Present: Marcello Francolini, art critic; Vincenzo Lieto, artistic director of the Municipal Art Gallery of Gaeta; Maria Gabriella Mazzola, representing the Comel company, promoter of the award; Elena Pontiggia historian of art; Giorgio Agnisola, art critic and president of the jury.
The chairman, opening the meeting, thanks to the attendants for their participation and in particular Professor Elena Pontiggia, a well-known art historian. Then recalls the rules, the meaning, and the memory of the award. After that, an initial evaluation of the thirteen finalist works exhibited in the space starts. Each member of the jury is invited to independently report five works, in order to focus attention on a smaller group of finalists, in order to identify, in the end, the winning work. Having made the first selection, preceded by the illustration, by each juror, of the reasons for the personal choices they made, we move on to the second round of evaluations, following which and after a peaceful debate, the following is resolved:
Winner of the eighth edition of the Comel Vanna Migliorin award is the work Castaway, by the collective The Bounty Killart, with the following motivation:
“With a full and expert use of aluminum, the collective retrieves, through a fine conceptual operation, the figure of the famous sculpture” Dying Galata “, interpreting it with a sign and a perspective that strongly alludes to the dramatic topicality, but also to all the shipwrecks of time and history “.
The jury also considers it appropriate to report the following works:
“Venere” (Venus), by Fabrizio Pedriali, with the following motivation:
A multiple symbolism characterizes the work in its elegant circular arrangement of shaded parts that are linked in the mysterious central slot.
“Relazioni” (Realtions), by Mirella Saluzzo, with the following motivation:
In the fine composition of variously shaped metal elements, one can read the suggestive sense of a free and poetic soul bond.
“We are all Made of stardust”, by Penelope Chiara Cocchi, with the following motivation:
In the geometric mirror of an aluminium window, the mystery of a fragmented and iridescent light opens to the warning and to the miracle of the beyond.
“Configurazione mutevole di segni antichi” (Changing configuration of ancient signs), by Marcello Trabucco, with the following motivation:
The fine spatial articulation of signs and planes introduces a language in which ancient and present, history and life are combined.
The Audience award goes to Ana Celdrán Beltrán for her work “Abbraccio” (“Embrace”).
Visitors who came to the exhibition, who had initially directed their attention elsewhere, were gradually captivated by the discreet charm of the Spanish artist’s artwork, clearly preferring it to all the others.
The “Embrace” is an artwork that needs silence and intimacy to be carefully observed and understood. The beautiful aluminium casting elaborates in a very direct way the theme of the Bond, a suggestion of this edition of the COMEL Award, but in its simplicity, it strikes and deeply touches the observer.
The jury, closing the proceedings, expresses its appreciation for the quality of the participating works and in particular for the finalist’s ones, as well as for the impeccable organization of the prize. Good wishes are conveyed for the continuation of the now well-established competition.
Latina, on October 7, 2021