Antiche Carceri, San Vito al Tagliamento
curated by Davide Bevilacqua
The ninth edition of “Premio In Sesto” reaffirms once more the vocation of this long-running project: namely, the award encourages the meeting and the exchange between international artists and the regional territory. As a matter of fact, this year’s award revolves around three European cities which are twinned with San Vito al Tagliamento: Rixheim, Stadtlohn and Nagyatád, located respectively in Alsace (northeastern France), in Westphalia (western Germany) and in southern Transdanubia (southern Hungary). The three artists vying for “Premio In Sesto” live and work in the abovementioned regions.
The award takes place according to its well-established pattern: each of the three artists shall submit a project for a sculpture or an artistic installation involving the green area opposite the ancient ramparts of San Vito al Tagliamento, built by Patriarch Raimondo della Torre in 1277. During the exhibit opening, the public will have the chance to express their own preferences, thereby establishing which one among the exhibits is to be realized in the course of 2018. The winning work of art will be therefore installed on the landscape of San Vito al Tagliamento, thus becoming part and parcel of its artistic heritage.
The solo exhibition by Ida Blažičko, the winner of the 2016 edition of the award, is set up at the Fondazione Furlan in Pordenone.
Mathilde Caylou wins 9th edition of the Price
The French artist Mathilde Caylou won the ninth edition of the Prize with 64.19% of the votes. Her project, entitled Frozen River, is conceived for the green area in front of the ancient patriarchal walls of San Vito al Tagliamento and adjacent to the parking lot "Elio Susanna". The artist's research, relating to territories and landscapes, focused on one of the symbols of Friuli Venezia Giulia, the river Tagliamento. Caylou was fascinated and conquered by the variable width of the river bed, the reverberation of the rock and at the same time by its complex and dynamic flow.
All these emotions will be conveyed within her work, which consists of a sculpture made of crystal representing a river. The installation will follow the proportions, structure, and trajectory of the river Tagliamento as seen from a satellite. Similar to glass, crystal is a solid-liquid material that, like ice, melts and hardens at varying temperatures. Colored minerals will be incorporated in the transparent crystal, representing the rocks and sediments transported by Tagliamento.
The Hungarian artist Péter Szalay ranked second with 20.6% of the votes and Kai Richter third with 15.3% of the votes.
Mathilde CAYLOU: votes 432 (64,19%)
Péter SZALAY: votes 135 (20,06%)
Kai RICHTER: votes 103 (15,30 %)
Blank votes: 3 (0,45%)
Invalid votes: 0 (0%)