Artissima, Italy’s most recognized art fair on an international level is back in Turin for its 23rd edition. Renewing their collaboration on Present Future, the section of the fair dedicated to emerging talent selected by a board of young international curators, Artissima and illycaffè presented the renowned Premio illy Present Future prize for 2016 to Cecile B. Evans, a talented artist represented by Barbara Seiler Galerie, for the video entitled "What the Heart Wants". The piece is an immersive ambient installation, in which the artist investigates the relationship between the organic and the digital worlds, one of our favorites from the section.
Since 2015, the Prize offers not only the possibility of displaying in a museum but also a monetary award in support of the artist’s research.
Coordinated by Luigi Fassi for the seventh year in a row, Present Future has presented projects by 20 artists represented by 18 foreign and 4 Italian galleries, including new, ad hoc proposals and projects displayed for the first time in a European and Italian context. The curatorial committee is composed of its coordinator Luigi Fassi of Steirischer Herbst Festival in Graz, Hicham Khalidi of Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette in Paris, Sohrab Mohebbi of REDCAT in Los Angeles and Wim Waelput of KIOSK in Ghent. A result of various curatorial teams that have closely collaborated with artists in the development of pieces presented, the section has “demonstrated the real potential of a further dimension at an art fair: that of the productive relationship between artists and curators for the curatorial organization of solo exhibitions”, as explained by Fassi.
Supported by illycaffè since 2001, the illy Present Future Prize is awarded to an artist whose work is considered the most interesting and innovating. The international jury for the 2016 edition was composed by Caroline Christov Bakargiev of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea – GAM in Rivoli, Bart van der Heide of Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Verena Hein of Museum Villa Stuck in Munich and Nicoletta Fiorucci of Fiorucci Art Trust in London. In collaboration with Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, the winner is offered the exceptional opportunity of presenting a solo exhibition at the museum since 2012. Over the years, the Prize has highlighted the work of many international artists including Hans Schabus, Hans Op de Beeck, Gardar Eide Einarsson, and Phill Collins, among others.
Giving rise to a vital trinity consisted of artists and participating galleries, curators of the section, and the jury consisted of museum directors, collectors, and art professionals, the prize provides a significant support to emerging artists and confirms the innovative role of the museum as an artistic institution of international repute. In 2015, the prize was presented to the Russian artist Alina Chaiderov represented by the gallery Antoine Levi. In conjunction with Artissima 2016, her solo exhibition Alina Chaiderov. A New Memory is Made will be presented at the Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art between November 4th, 2016 until March 5th, 2017.
Featured image: Cecile B. Evans receiving the Preimio illy Present Future 2016. All slider images Copyright Widewalls