from 21 October to 16 November 2022

paolo cardazzo award.
silvia hell and giulia iacolutti

the exhibition of the winners ex aequo of the first edition of the cardazzo award 2021

La prima foto è di Giulia Iacolutti ed è tratta dalla serie "Uno studio visivo sugli ormoni dell’amore", 2020, (courtesy l’artista). La seconda immagine rappresenta l

Giulia Iacolutti, photograph from the series Uno studio visivo sugli ormoni dell’amore, 2020, 60 x 50 cm (courtesy the artist)
Silvia Hell, Tesi, antitesi, sintesi, 2013, brass, aluminum, iron, 22 x 12 x 4 cm (courtesy the artist)

On Friday 21 October at 6:30 pm will open the exhibition of Silvia Hell and Giulia Iacolutti, winners ex aequo of the first edition of the Cardazzo Award 2021. The exhibition, curated by Gabriella Cardazzo, presents the two projects that won the first edition of the Cardazzo Award 2021.
The prize and the exhibition are organized by Artspace (Venice) in collaboration with Trieste Contemporanea.
The exhibition will remain open until 16 November (visiting hours Tuesday-Friday, 5-8 pm).
The Cardazzo Award, established by Gabriella Cardazzo in memory of her brother, is an award for the production of an unpublished work reserved for artists under the age of 40 and is designed in continuity with the curatorial choices that Paolo Cardazzo preferred for running the Galleria del Cavallino in Venice. Read about the competition, the winners and the award ceremony here.

Silvia Hell’s project consists of an aluminium and brass sculpture to be installed on a wall entitled “Non c’è opera d’arte che non faccia appello a un popolo che non esiste ancora”. The work is part of a series of sculptures called Volumes, where the word “volume” has to be understood in its different meanings: the space occupied by a body, the sound intensity, a book… With Volumes, the artist intends to create a relationship between sculpture and verbal language, between written text and oral expression, by translating, through the object and visual rendering, a thought. The process of formalization of each work is defined by the title: an author’s quotation from a literary, philosophical, or scientific text or a note taken during a lecture. The quotations and annotations made by the artist over time take shape, becoming sculptures, at specific moments.

Dopamina, the Giulia Iacolutti’s project, is an artistic investigation of the neurotransmitters present in the nerve circuits that determine movement and the emotional sphere and which are popularly associated with the hormones of pleasure, reward, falling in love and motherhood. Disorders related to dopamine malfunction include Parkinson’s disease. Drawing inspiration from photography and scientific cinema of the late 1800s and early 1900s, the project is a poetic study of the gestures of feeling and pleasure involving the collaboration of scientists and specialists in this field. During some tango-therapy classes, the author danced with the participants, leading them in a solitary tango and photographing them in some poses without the other half of the embrace: loneliness is a metaphor for a missing pleasure.

Silvia Hell (1983) carries out research on the ways of formalizing reality by adopting a reading of the method and models of thought to reach the construction of three-dimensional objectivity. She participated in various exhibitions, residencies, and events. Her work has been exhibited in national and international museums including in 2017 at Kunstverein München, Munich, in 2018 at A+B Contemporary Art, Brescia and at Deutsche Bank Frieze London and Frieze Masters, London. In 2019 at Museion, Bolzano and FuturDome, Milan. In 2020 at the Milan Triennale and Kunstraum München, Munich. She participated in the First Edition 2022 of the Piero Siena Award, Bolzano with the sculpture Voci di Corridoio. In 2022 she also exhibited at Centro Trevi – Trevilab, Bolzano; MAXXI – Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI secolo, Rome; Dolomiti Contemporanee, Spazio di Casso al Vajont, Pordenone; Gelateria Sogni di Ghiaccio, Bologna; Galleria Civica, Bressanone and Galleria Milano, Milan.

Giulia Iacolutti (1985) a visual artist, dedicates herself to relational art projects related to gender identity and issues, using different languages and media in addition to photography. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally and is held in private and public collections including MUFOCO, Milan; CRAF, Pordenone; Archivio Fotografico Lucchese, Lucca; and Collezione Donata Pizzi, Soliera. In 2018 she is nominated for the Foam Paul Huf Award. In 2020 with Inscape she wins the Refocus call of the MIBACT, realized in collaboration with MUFOCO – Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea and exhibited at the Milan Triennale in 2021.
In 2019 she released her first book Casa Azul published by The(M) édition in France and studiofaganel publisher in Italy, which was awarded the Marco Bastianelli Award for Best Artist’s Book in 2020. Also in 2020 she received the honourable mention at the Photobook Maribor Award. The Casa Azul project was exhibited in 2021-2022 in the Project Room at PAC, Milan and recently at Kunst Art Merano Arte, Merano. In 2022, she won the “Italia Inclusiva” call for proposals issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.