June 2014 – First Edition of the Young artistic Scene Award presented by HYam and the Foundation Jean-Luc Lagardère.
Annoucement of the four nominees
Last January, Pauline Simons, founder of HYam (Hydra for Artists of the Mediterranean) and the Fondation Jean-Luc Lagardère launch the First Young Mediterranean Artistic Scene Award aimed at rewarding the work (sculpture, painting, performance, installation, video) of a young artist, whose main work subject has to do with cultural identity.
This original award of 10 000 euros is intended to support the artists in their art production, as well as further promote them at an international level.
For the first edition, this original award is dedicated to young Greek and Cypriot artists under 36 years old 19 candidates were selected last April for the quality and the interest of their work. The two-minute videos realized by each candidate in order to present his/her work project were sent on May 15th to all the committee members who chose three candidates.
Two artists received the same number of votes by the committee members, which makes four the final number of finalists competing for the Award: Rania BELLOU, Marianna CHRISTOFIDES, Maria TSAGKARI and Athanasios ZAGORISIOS.
The name of the Award laureate will be announced on Wednesday, 2nd of July during a reception at ARTCURIAL in Paris, with the presence of the committee members, numerous personalities of the art world and the four artists, whose videos will be projected on this occasion.
Presentation of the four artist nominees for the first edition of the Young Mediterranean Artistic Scene.
The work of Rania Bellou searches the limits between reality and illusion. Based on the Proustian model of subjective memory, the artist reinvents the past, not only as a thorough recreation of past situations, but also as a ‘free’journey among blurred and vague images with its intentional forgetfulness.
Her works imply ways of perceiving the world outside of time and clocks. Rania Bellou captures those objects or artifacts whose identities are long lostand can also be found in websites like eBay. She is the one to decode the associations in order to create new notions, new meanings and recreate images where only her personal idea of duration is taken into consideration. Rania Bellou (1982) lives in London. She is represented by Kalfayan Galleries, Athens – Thessaloniki.
The work of Marianna Christofides has to do with the images she finds and reconstructs. These images talk about stories and places forgotten from one moment to the other; about stories and places abandoned from time or distorted in such a way that leave an openness marking a new narration. The artist changes, transforms, shifts, translates and creates interference via different media and ways of production. In this way, she is compressing the three dimensions and their visual representations with the accuracy of an entomologist. Marianna Christofides (1980) lives in Köln.
The projects of Maria Tsagkari are not intended to remain. The artist directs the metaphors of the notions of offering, thanksgiving, action, trust and faith in the unattainable. A garden with 800 different flowers made of the ash of burnt wood is a specimen of economic and political power that stages all the sensibilities and imbalances. These are the traces of a meeting of two surviving former employees of the Athens Gasworks which closed down 30 years ago. The artist created a carpet of ash with references from the Eastern and Western philosophy. The fact that the carpet is handmade and that the artist has engraved with dark letters the words « thank you» makes it even more valuable. Maria Tsagkari’s installations often bespeak the futility of their laborious creation, since they are offered or end up being dismantled by the public involved in the ultimate form they take. Maria Tsagkari (1981) lives and works in Athens.
All balances are fragile. In order to pay an almost silent tribute to the Mediterranean, Athanasios Zagorisios created scientifically correct « objects » that reveal and respect a natural and ignored vulnerability. Look at the sea and its perfect horizontality, the one that makes us stand on our feet. Zagorisios imagined a tube full of water with only one airbubble inside.
When we place this installation on the floor, the air bubble normally to be set in the center of the tube, moves aside. The horizontality of the floor is explicit. Observe right now a fine silk thread hanging from the ceiling just in a small distance above a light-bulb. The hot air produced from the light-bulb expands and therefore becomes less dense than the room’s cold air, so it rises above. These imperceptible actions of air are visualized through the subtle movements of the silk thread, alluding to a delicate sea breeze. Athanasios Zagorisios (1979) lives and works in Lamia.