What are the values underlying the COMEL Award? What are the principles that move the entire organization and care of the event from the announcement to the final exhibition and the personal exhibitions of the winners?
In recent years, the phrase that I have often heard from artists, and which involves me emotionally, is that the COMEL award is different from other Contemporary Art prizes. It is different because, in addition to being dedicated to this specific material, it comes from a feeling. The attention and care of each phase are essential, we do it with professionalism, but also with a lot of passion. The meeting and the privity with the finalist artists become afterward something precious, enriching and it often lasts incredibly over time.
The COMEL Award has reached its eighth edition, many works have passed before your eyes, has there been an evolution in recent years regarding the works and your method of judgment?
There are so many works that I have had the pleasure and thrill of viewing during the last eight years. Techniques, compositions, such incredible studies; the challenge launched by the Award to create, using and exploiting all the wonderful characteristics of aluminium, was welcomed by artists from all over Europe and even further, and went well beyond the initial predictions. Aluminium leaves room for artists’ creative solutions and in each edition, it becomes increasingly difficult to select only 13 finalist works. My role is to evaluate how aluminium is enhanced, taking into account the technique and the subject, but also the poetics, because even behind a cold metal in recent years I have perceived a lot of poetry.