Now in its 4th edition, this competition encourages young artists to seek a public client in order to experience their first concrete professional experience in society; at the same time, it stimulates institutions to enter into contact with new communities and new audiences.

The theme of the competition focuses on the dialogue between cultures and the mediation that can be established between artists and institutions in society, characterised increasingly more often by the co-presence of diverse communities from different backgrounds and cultures.

As the project aims at stimulating social integration and inclusion, it often privileges peripheral areas, among the first sites to have welcomed new communities and new citizens.

Curated by Connecting Cultures and Fondazione Ismu, Education, Heritage and Intercultural Section, the project is made possible thanks to the support of the DGAAP, under the patronage of the Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (AIB), the Associazione Nazionale Archivistica Italiana (ANAI) and the International Council of Museums - Comitato Nazionale Italiano (ICOM Italia).


For artists and institutions alike, the heritage of museums, archives and libraries represents an opportunity, a tool for constructing a possible dialogue that promotes active social participation.
The reflection underlying the theme of the competition is tied to the impossibility to translate the specificity of language, culture, place or landscape, signs, traces and characteristics, etymology and idiosyncrasies they have acquired over time and with use. This remains valid in a global context characterised by incessant migrations and exchanges, and linguistic and cultural hybridisations.
Mass culture itself, while spreading models it would like to be universal, is in reality nurtured and modified constantly, absorbing and enveloping words, signs, images, memories and stereotypes from a wide range of cultures and contexts. In this confused though prolific alternation of cultural traditions and neologisms, it becomes increasingly riskier to imagine a unique model of interpretation.
Often precisely this premise leads toward prejudice and misunderstandings. The problem of “cultural translation” requires that we adopt complex methods and approaches.
These are just some of the questions examined by the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions 2005, also ratified in Italy. Considered the cornerstone of a new ethic for the third millennium, which affirms the principle of equal dignity and respect for all cultures, one of the aims of the Convention is “to create the conditions for cultures to flourish and to freely interact in a mutually beneficial manner

The Competition is dedicated to the memory of Silvia dell’Orso, the journalist and essayist who made such an important contribution to the understanding and spread of crucial themes inherent to the safeguarding and promotion of Italian cultural heritage.

One indispensable condition for participation is that the projects proposed are the result of a collaboration between young artists and cultural institutions and/or entities. Collaborations can be born of the initiative of the artist(s), or vice versa, of the cultural institution/entity, which identifies an artist or a collective for the joint development of an idea or design.

Participation is open to artists, video makers, designers, film makers, performers, photographers, Italian and foreign, who choose to participate alone or as a group, between 18 and 35 years of age, living or actively working in Italy.
The competition is also open to those who turn 35 during the competition year.
For artists collectives this means that every member of the group must be between the ages of 18 and 35.

Cultural institutions present throughout Italy (museums, libraries and archives) and/or entities dedicated to the preservation and promotion of material and immaterial heritage (centres of study, research and cultural promotion, cultural associations and foundations, academies).

The role of the promoting cultural institution/entity is to guarantee the effective feasibility and sustainability of the proposed project, in addition to promoting the participation of citizens to favour processes of dialogue and transformation.

The competition ended on 05/02/2016


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