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Mediterranean contemporary art prize




The Mediterranean contemporary art prize is the biennial prize conceived by the Porta Coeli Foundation to produce systematic and substantial solicitations in contemporary art, promoting the development of an environment that encourages the creation of relations with those many specificities of territories and society that characterise Italy. In order to produce frictions, encounters and exchanges of collective and mutual interest, the Foundation creates the conditions for the connection of an international artistic community with instances and roots of
geographical, cultural and anthropological contexts of high value and certain peculiarities.

The prize is held in high standing venues that are historically tended towards multicultural integration due to its central position in the Mediterranean area. Here dominations, encounters and clashes between peoples have produced an extraordinary mix that emerges and reveals itself in the urban forms, in the lexicon, in the gastronomy, in the social and symbolic structures used by the people to produce a mental image of the world. The Mediterranean becomes the conceptual representation of a border that is not a line but space, not the place of a contrast between two opposing voices but the place of a plural conversation. It is a space in which peoples lookout in search of mutual osmotic relationships, projection and aspiration. This idea inspires the Mediterranean contemporary art prize. 

Therefore, the founding concept of the prize is the multicultural thought of Frederick II, Duke of Swabia, who has left numerous castles and territorial garrisons in Basilicata. From here, he governed his empire through the promulgation of the Constitutions of Melfi (Potenza), the most significant code of law in the Middle Ages. Emperor Frederick II, nicknamed Stupor Mundi (Wonder of the world), had intuited and promoted the concept of the universality of human knowledge. He was the spiritual father of a different idea of Europe with its centre in the Mediterranean sea. He found a strong representation of multiculturalism as a political method in an architecture capable of merging the Arab world with northern Europe, the Romanesque consistency with the dematerialisation of Byzantine mosaics. 

The prize chooses for this year castle of Norman-Swabian ancestry: The Castle of Monteserico, in the Genzano di Lucania area (Potenza).
The Mediterranean contemporary art prize application is open to all artists, regardless of age, gender, nationality, or any other qualification. Indeed, the main purpose of the prize is to build a plural and inclusive event.  

There are four categories of the prize in the 2021 edition:
— painting
— sculpture and installation
— photography and video art
— graphics and illustration
Each artist can participate in the selection phase by filling the form

Prize summary: 
5000 euros in cash prizes, an exhibition in a European city and 4 artist residency awards
Prizes Details: 

Mediterranean contemporary art prize will be conferred to the artworks that, among the finalists, will be classified from 1st to 3rd place in each category. The Jury may award ex-æquo prizes in the event of evaluation equivalent. 

Mediterranean contemporary art prize 2021
Prize for 1st place in each of the four categories
— € 1,000.00;
— medal and certificate of the Jury with the prize motivation;
— participation in the collective exhibition of the winners in a European city during the year 2022. 

Mediterranean contemporary art prize 2021
Prize for the 2nd place in each of the four categories
— € 250.00;
— medal and certificate of the Jury with the prize motivation;
— participation in the group exhibition of the winners in a European city during the year 2022.

Mediterranean contemporary art prize 2021
Prize for 3rd place in each of the four categories
— medal and certification by the Jury with the prize motivation;

The President of the Porta Coeli Foundation has the faculty bestowed a special mention to the artist who will distinguish himself/herself by the best expression of the theme.

Mediterranean contemporary art prize
Locus Solacii Art Residence Prize
Locus Solacii is the formula used in Frederick’s era to denote those secluded strips of land, away from the traffic, considered precious, to be preserved because they were charming to relief from the hardships of everyday life, of war, of politics. Mediterranean contemporary art prize borrows the formula to name the programme that is the subject of the four artist residencies up for grabs for the 2021 edition.
The artist residencies will be awarded to the artists who, in the artworks selected as finalists and in their artistic production, proposes artistic attitudes that are considered favourable to
a discourse of penetration into the structures of the Lucanian territory and for a site-specific production. 
The purpose of the prize is to provide the artist with space and time in which to live the experience of production and artistic research in contact with the local reality through guided tours and meetings with local communities. Artist in residency prizes can be awarded independently of the belong artistic category. The artist residencies, compatibly with the development of the pandemic situation, will be carried out at the artist’s choice in
2022. The artist residency award includes:

— board and lodging;
— working space;
— materials;
— logistical assistance;
— lecture and possible public presentation of results.


Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
€ 50.00 for the first artwork — € 25.00 for the second artwork; — € 15.00 for each artwork after the second
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