San Vito al Tagliamento
Curated by Michela Lupieri
The eleventh edition of the In Sesto Prize reaffirms its multi-year purpose to promote the relationship between history and contemporaneity in the local territory and to encourage contact and exchange between national and international artists, as it has been doing for the past ten years of activity. The artists selected for the present edition come from Friuli Venezia Giulia, Austria and Slovenia respectively, three areas belonging to the Alpe-Adria Euroregion.
The In Sesto Prize carries out its consolidated formula: three artists present a sculpture or an installation project intended for a public area in San Vito al Tagliamento. As usual, visitors are invited to express their preferences by voting, thus deciding which artwork will be carried out during the course of 2020. The winning project will be permanently installed in the territory, becoming part of the city’s artistic heritage.
This year, the chosen location is the green area enclosed by Via Giovanni Fabrici, the park of the Zuccheri family, the Sante Ciani car park and the Essicatoio Bozzoli.
Besides hosting the three projects conceived by the artists, the exhibition will also show some of their most representative artworks.
winner of 11th edition of the
“In Sesto Prize. Place as art”
With 50,89% of the votes, Friulian artist Elisa Caldana is the winner of the eleventh edition of the “In Sesto Prize”. Her project, entitled Monumento alle vie inesistenti (in Italian, Monument to nonexistent roads) has been conceived for the green space included within via Giovanni Fabrici, the Zuccheri park, the Sante Ciani parking lot and the Essiccatoio Bozzoli.
The monument celebrates the creative power shown by the law when confronting practical issues with poetical solutions, such as the invention of fictitious streets. This is the bureaucratic stratagem adopted by Italian public administration to provide homeless citizens with a permanent residence in a fictitious street, allowing them to have access to fundamental rights such as voting or healthcare.
The monument consists of the abstract shape of a single street intertwined with itself and sustained by a support structure. The names of the 211 nonexistent Italian streets, drawn from the national list, are engraved along this ‘route’, including via Girovagare (which in Italian means ‘wandering’ street) in San Vito al Tagliamento. These made-up streets form an invisible geography parallel to that of the cities to which they belong.
Ištvan Išt Huzjan (Slovenia) placed second with 30,01% of the votes followed by Marlene Hausegger (Austria) who placed third with 18,42% of the preferences. In detail:
Elisa Caldana: 373 votes (50,89 %)
Ištvan Išt Huzjan: 220 votes (30,01 %)
Marlene Hausegger: 135 votes (18,42 %)
Blank ballot papers: 3 (0,41 %)
Spoilt ballot papers: 2 (0,27 %)