COMEL Award 2018: Sergey Filatov wins

Proclaimed the winner of the seventh edition of the COMEL Award Vanna Migliorin Contemporary Art 2018: the artist Sergey Filatov for the opera “Platasonus, 2017”

He is a versatile artist who works in the field of fine arts and sound art. He is also a musician, author of musical instruments and sound sculptures. Member of the International Association of Art — AIAP UNESCO since 2003. Winner of the international Kuryokhin Contemporary Art Prize 2016 in the category ‘Best media object’. His works are in collections in Russia, India, Canada, Switzerland, UK, USA. He has participated in relevant international exhibition projects and festivals, such as ‘Ars Electronica’ (Linz, Austria), ‘Biennale of Contemporary Art’ (Moscow), ‘Waterfront’ (St. Petersburg — Helsinki — Copenhagen); International cultural forum (State Hermitage), etc..

This is the motivation of the jury:

In the work Platasonus, Sergey Filatov, referring to the experiments between avant-garde music and visual arts, uses aluminum as sound metal with essential construction and original and minimal technology, thanks to the percussive action of wires moved by simple electrical devices, bearing small clappers at the end. The contrast between the functional essentiality of the structure and the evocative randomness of the musical effects is resolved in a sense of delicate, discreet and intimate harmony, which is not free from a subtle and perhaps disquieting allusion to the possible hybridizations between man and machine”.

The Jury emphasizes the good level and variety of stylistic registers and technological paths of the finalist works, and decides to award a special mention to four works:


Marco Cavalieri, for the work My time.

“Where the original assembly of objects and plates is engraved in aluminum to configure an imaginary rotating device, packaged in the manner of totems. It refers to the idea of internal mechanisms of life, between memory and time.”

Laura De Lorenzo, for the work Piattaforma AL-13.

“In its structure, characterized by an elegant compositional essentiality and a fitting set of visual synthesis, constructive and planar dynamics coexist with pictorial effects entrusted to the ductile and sensitive qualities of the metal.”

Monika Kosior, for the work My Open heart.

“The Polish artist plays with refinement between the “open heart” of the artist’s psychological and spiritual intimacy and the almost surgical unveiling of the anatomy of an organ that has always been hanging in the balance between its physical functions and its millenarian metaphorical and symbolic connotation.”

Federica Zianni, for the work Labyrinth I.

“A hollow shape and emphasized by a wraparound formal motif, in which the reference to an organic nature and, in particular, to the internal structure of an auricle, is a reason to bring us back to the theme of listening and silence.”

Let’s mention again the members of the jury: president of the jury Giorgio Agnisola, art critic and writer, teacher of Sacred Art at the Pontifical Theological Faculty of Southern Italy; Andrea Baffoni, art historian and art critic, curator of exhibitions in Italy and abroad, essayist and journalist; Lorenzo Canova, art historian, curator, art critic and associate professor of History of Contemporary Art at the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education of the University of Molise; Ada Patrizia Fiorillo, art historian, art critic, journalist and associate professor of History of Contemporary Art at the University of Ferrara; the entrepreneur and manager Maria Gabriella Mazzola, owner with her family of the CO.ME.L. company, promoter and supporter of the COMEL Award.

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