Winner in Senior category - Paolo Ventura, I Ginestra (the Ginestras)
For having given the theme of the Award an original interpretation, one which is subtle yet rich in implications and references. With I Ginestra, Ventura emphasises that harnessing and transporting energy are, above all, the work of humans, as the author himself stated in the motivation for his work. Marking a new stage in his very personal journey into the intersection of photography and painting, historical research and craftsmanship, manual skills and scenic composition, with I Ginestra Paolo Ventura has explored the theme of the Award, emphasising that harnessing and transporting energy are, above all, the work of humans, as the author himself stated in the motivation for his work: “At a market in Milan, I came across an extraordinary archive of an anonymous acrobat couple performing in the streets in the mid-1930s. I was immediately struck by the strength, the balance, the synthesis of these two characters and also by the longevity of their professional and personal history. I felt moved and fascinated by this archive and decided to construct a photographic project around it. Their extraordinary love and professional story is proof that sometimes the synergy between individuals creates wonderful energies.”
Winner in Youth category - Gaia Renis, Stereocaulon vesuvianum
For having proposed a courageous, complex and essential work: centred on the paradox of “photographing the invisible”, it investigates, explores and enhances the phenomenon of energy at the microscopic level, starting from its imperceptibility and finally emphasising its visible essentiality for the ecosystem and its biodiversity. Stereocaulon vesuvianum, a lichen from Somma-Vesuvius, consists of a fungus and an alga that survive in symbiosis thanks to their energy exchange: the photosynthesis of the alga feeds the fungus, which in turn supplies the alga with water and mineral salts. This lichen settles on bare lava rock and breaks it down through the acids exuded by the fibres, laying the foundations for the rebirth of lush vegetation and the transformation of arid places into complex and diverse ecosystems. A metaphor for energy and its creation-transmission-consumption-conservation system: if energy is in all things, a sustainable, conscious link that benefits all must be achieved as soon as possible.
Terna’s highest voted work - Andrea Botto, Shockwave
Special Mention for the theme of “Contemporary Normality” - Mohamed Keita, Walking and Walking…
For having proposed, with a composition remarkable for its aesthetic impact and conceptual density, a reflection that also restores two fundamental characteristics of energy as a central element of contemporary normality: a source of survival for mankind and an element of transformation of the urban landscape. With a triptych of great compositional mastery, the young Mohamed Keita presents his highly personal visions of Rome, the city that welcomed him 13 years ago. The starting point is the everyday life of the urban landscape, captured as it unfolds in the eyes of the author. Yet it is an image of everyday life that only appears to be normal: thanks to an interpretation that is both ironic and analytical, in fact, this normality reveals its true nature as a result in constant “becoming” and continuous evolution, a product of the incessant interaction between human being and inhabited space.
Special Mention for the theme of “Circularity. Ever-recurring cycles”- Eva Frapiccini, The Door of Light aka Homage to D.M.
For having chosen to bring to the stage that particular form of relational and devotional energy that animates the dialogue between artists distant in time and space. A dialogue which, in turn, is based on the transmission of the energy inherent in works of art, their spirit, and which is composed of a universal language. Eva Frapiccini started from the circularity inherent in the collective imagination: focusing on dreams recorded in various parts of the world, she discovered a surprising recurrence of an archetypal theme: passing through a door of light. She chose to represent this motif and in doing so became aware of the influence on her work of the American photographer Duane Michals, who, like her, works on the relationship between the visible and invisible, time and the tension towards the collective imagination. And it is the author herself who asks the fundamental question: “Is this not proof of transmission in art?”