One of the most eagerly awaited moments of each edition of the COMEL Award is definitely that of the announcement of the names of the 13 finalists authors of the works selected by the jury, which will be exhibited in Latina during the competition’s final exhibition.
The 2023 edition is an important one because it is the tenth, a decisive milestone that allows us to draw the first conclusions, to understand the evolution of a prize that started out as a simple local edition and has come to be a coveted international competition. Hence this year’s theme is The Aluminium eXperience: the experience accumulated over the years by the organizers, made up of commitment, passion, encounters, emotions, collaborations, and that of the artists during their journey, their experiments, dreams, ambitions, study, life, told through the use of aluminium.
As always, hundreds of applications were received, from various European countries and, although unable to participate due to regulations, also from outside Europe: Argentina, Venezuela, the United States, and China.
The artists selected by the jury for this tenth edition come from Italy, Latvia, Poland,and Spain, with a predominance of women again this year: as many as 9 female artists will exhibit their works in the final exhibition.
The work of the 10th edition’s super jury was hard, all of them have already participated in previous editions, and they are well acquainted with the spirit of the COMEL Award, namely: to promote the artistic use of aluminium in a serious and competent manner.
The 13 finalists will take part in the competition’s final exhibition, which will be held as usual at the COMEL space in Latina from Saturday 21 October to Saturday 11 November 2023, the day on which the COMEL award winner, chosen by the jury, and the winner of the Audience’s COMEL award, voted by the exhibition’s visitors, will be awarded.
The 13 finalists: A.MO. Anastasia Moro – Borgo Veneto (PD), Stefano Baldinelli – Perugia, Hubert Bujak – Wrocław Poland, Claudia Del Giudice – Giugliano in Campania (Naples), Pietro Finelli – Milan, Anna Godlewska – Bielsko-Biała, Poland, Monica Gorini – Milan, Kristine Kvitka – Riga, Latvia, Jessica Mantovani – Castagnaro (VR), Francesca Maroni – Varese, Marco Riente – Milan, Alessandra Rovelli – Rivolta d’Adda (Cremona), Beatriz Zerolo Duràn – Madrid (Spain).