invito celeste prize 2013

International contemporary arts prize


On Saturday 7 December hundreds of arts lovers gathered with Celeste Prize finalists and the prize curator Ami Barak to determine with their votes this year’s winners who received 20,000 € in cash prizes.

Comment after the awards ceremony by the prize’s chief curator, Ami Barak:
"After a virtual existence, the works of artists shortlisted for Celeste Prize came to life on the walls of Spazio FIENAROLI 28 in Rome. The exhibition has proven to be rich and strong in spirit, and has shown that the choice of winners made by the artists themselves was fair and that their high quality led to the awards that motivated the participation of so many artists. Among them we found emerging artists, in the early days of their career, but also established artists. More importantly the works resonated with great intelligence and sophistication which proves that talent nowadays is not only aesthetic but also intellectual."


View all winners’ works

Painting & Graphics Prize

Winner - 4,000 € - Noa Giniger, The Sorrow the Joy Brings
Second - Catalin Petrisor, One day reality
Third - Tibor Pogonyi, Waiting for the Apocalypse

Photography & Digital Graphics Prize
Winner - 4,000 € - Alexander Solomon, David and the Climb Up
Second - Nikolas Ventourakis, Leaving Utopia – Billboard 2
Third - May San Alberto, Estudio sobre Minerva

Video & Animation Prize

Winner - 4,000 € - Pavel Braila, Ink Ribbon Fingerprints
Second - Alix Delmas, Cloud
Third - Shahar Marcus, Seeds

Installation, Sculpture, Live Media & Performance Prize
Winner - 4,000 € - LAB BINAER & Felix Weinold, White Noise
Second - Boohri Park, Gestern hat es viel geregnet (Yesterday it rained a lot)
Third - Evangelia Spiliopoulou, Thermohygrograph2

Curator’s Choice Prize - 3,500 €
The prize was divided equally between:
Dominique Blais, Ring
Ana Prvacki, DIY Chivalry

Visitors Prize - 500 €
Cristina Gardumi, Adults don’t exist

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The selection of the 40 finalists and the 80 shortlisted works for the prize catalogue were made by the Selection Panel of 11 international curators and art critics and by Ami Barak. Each member of the Selection Panel has published online his or her 5 favourite works in each of the categories of the award. The 10 artists in each category whose works received a majority of votes were admitted to the final exhibition and prize voting in Rome on 7 December. Read here critical texts and motivations for choices.

View the 40 finalists

Painting & Graphics Prize
Stefano Bullo - BCE
Hriech Chourouk - Sand Process
Candice Smith Corby - Hideaway
Eugenia Cuéllar - Untitled (Congress series)
Cristina Gardumi - adults don't exist
Noa Giniger – The sorrow the joy brings
Catalin Petrisor - One day reality
Tibor Pogonyi - Waiting for the Apocalypse
Johanna Strobel - black painting
Tomas Tichy - Billboard I

Photography & Digital Graphics Prize
Carmen Dobre - Buddywolf, Rotterdam
Alix Delmas - Lalala
Katharina Kiebacher - Scaffolds and Screens 1
Katharina Kiebacher - Scaffolds and Screens 2
Dan McCormack - Ruby_S_4-12-12--06AB
Simon Mulvaney - Age
Josee Pedneault - Chain of Command
May San Alberto - Estudio sobre Minerva (Study of Minerva)
Alexander Solomon - David and the Climb Up
Nikolas Ventourakis - Leaving Utopia - Billboard 2

Video & Animation Prize
Jumana Emil Abboud - i feel nothing
Vasco Araújo - Impero
Rimma Arslanov - Gray Noon
Pavel Braila - Ink Ribbon Fingerprints
Alix Delmas - Cloud
Valentina Ferrandes - Berg
Joffre Nathalie - He told me that his garden...
Shahar Marcus - Seeds
Duranté Sébastien - Rendre à César
Kenichi Sawazaki - Yoshiko, Xianglán is I

Installation, Sculpture, Live Media & Performance Prize

Maja Bajevic - Steam Machine
Alona Rodeh - Above and Beyond
Dominique Blais - Ring
Basurama - Bicinecleta (Bicinema)
Elisabetta Falanga - Buried at home
LAB BINÆR – Lab for Media Art - White Noise
Boohri Park - Gestern hat es viel geregnet (Yesterday it rained a lot)
Ana Prvacki - DIY Chivalry
Evangelia Spiliopoulou - Thermohygrograph2
Pavol Truben - Guarding the boarder

€ 20,000 cash prizes

Painting & Graphics Prize € 4.000
Photography & Digital Graphics Prize € 4.000
Video & Animation Prize € 4.000
Installation, Sculpture & Performance Prize € 4.000
Curator’s Choice Prize € 3.500
Visitors’ Choice Prize € 500


Artist residency or course at:
The Invisible Dog, New York, USA
ONDARTE Residency, Cancun, Mexico
Siena Art Institute, Siena

Selection Panel

Ami Barak, Paris, curator of the Celeste Prize 2013, 5th edition

Ferran Barenblit - Director Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Madrid, Spagna
Iara Boubnova - Curator at ICA Sofia Bulgaria, & Russia
Katrina Brown - Director of The Common Guild Glasgow, UK
Florence Derieux - Director of Frac Champagne Ardenne, Francia
Dominique Fontaine - Independent curator, Montreal, Canada
Christian Fuller - Curator at Recession Art Brooklyn, USA
Mihnea Mircan - Artistic Director of Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp, Belgio
Gean Moreno - Independent curator, Miami, USA
Ian Alden Russell - Curator at David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, USA
Alia Swastika - Independent curator, Jakarta, Indonesia
Gaëtane Verna - Director of The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada

See all 2012 winner, finalist and shortlisted works

Past editions of the Celeste Prize have been curated by:
Katya Garcia-Anton (Spain) - 2012
Eugene Tan (Singapore), Sara Reisman (USA) - 2011
Julia Draganovic (Germany), Mark Gisbourne (UK) – 2010
Mark Gisbourne (UK), Adrienne Goehler (Germany), Victoria Lu (China) - 2009


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