Conceived and curated by Artissima, and promoted by Torino Social Impact, in collaboration with Combo and with the support of the Compagnia di San Paolo Foundation, the Torino Social Impact Art Award wides the scope of action of social innovation to contemporary art. Focusing on the space that multiculturalism has in today’s society, the award proposes new relationships and opens unexpected scenarios through the languages and the gaze of the young artists to whom the call is addressed: two young talents who will have the opportunity to participate in an artist residency in Turin, aimed at the creation of a new photographic or video work.
Therefore, the award is aimed at young people living in Italy, who have a background in contemporary art and a multicultural and migratory background. It offers a opportunity to exhibit their work on a stage of both international and national importance.
The call 2022 entitled – Rebellions and rebirths: the creative potential of confrontation – invites us to reflect on the theme of social conflict in its various manifestations and latent forms: a tangible and concrete phenomenon that has always found in art a peaceful means of expression, but at the same time with a strong potential for denunciation. Contestation and dissent can become a generative and creative tool if the confrontation does not lead to destructive attitudes and behaviour, but is mediated in order to stimulate the development of new visions and social transformations. Social conflict, in fact, besides highlighting issues of social and spatial justice, is generative of new representations, ideas, exercises in negotiation and contamination, resistance and mutual aid, which lead to the birth of innovative practices and new languages. Within the complexity of social confrontation, art can only be an ally in this challenge of recomposition and regeneration.
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The winners of the call Rebellions and Rebirths: the creative potential of confrontation selected by the ‘Torino Social Impact Art Award’ Committee are Federico Pozuelo (Madrid, 1992) and Natália Trejbalová (Košice, Slovakia, 1989).
On Saturday 2 July, a workshop/experiential path was held involving the artists and a number of local realities. Thanks to the willingness and support of organisations and figures familiar with the dynamics that characterise the city of Turin, it was possible to make the workshop a dynamic opportunity for exchange in order to set the theme of the call for proposals in the local context.
The 2021 edition – entitled ZOOM IN/ZOOM OUT – focuses on photographic and video production and invites artists to use this expressive medium to offer a contribution to the transformation of the social perception of particularly urgent themes or life stories considered “distant”.
The 2020 edition – entitled Quante Italie? – awarded Caterina Erica Shanta with the project Talking about visibility and Liryc Dela Cruz with the project Il Mio Filippino: Invisible Bodies, Neglected Movements.
The winning artists received a lump sum contribution for the production of the work (materials, equipment and other living costs necessary for the video production such as extras, post-production, etc. are considered included) and for their stay in Turin (meals not covered by half board and transfers are considered included) amounting to a total of 3,000 euros gross of withholding taxes.