The Davide Vignali Prize, promoted by FMAV, the Vignali family and the Venturi art school in Modena, is ten years old. The exhibition to celebrate this anniversary includes the works of the winners of the 2020/21 award and takes us on a journey through the history of the prize, with works by the artists who have taken part over the past ten years of an event that has become a go-to testbed for talents in art and culture from all over the region.
The prize, which promotes the creativity of young talents from the local area, was established in the name of Davide Vignali, former student of the Venturi art school in Modena who passed away prematurely in 2011. In the same year, thanks to the efforts of the family, who latched onto a desire expressed by his teachers Antonella Battilani and Maria Menziani, the competition was established to celebrate Davide’s memory, great humanity and desire for knowledge.
This year 80 young talents took part in the call for entries, proposing creative photographic and moving images that recount their physical and inner world. The prizes were awarded by a jury comprising artist and photographer Francesco Jodice, Doriano and Marisa Vignali, Davide’s parents, Claudia Löffelholz, director of the FMAV School of Advanced Studies and education department, Luca Monzani from FMAV, Paola Micich, graphic designer, Maria Menziani, teacher at the Venturi art school and Antonella Battilani, graphic designer and illustrator, and former teacher at the Venturi art school.
The first prize, worth 1,000 euros, was awarded by the Vignali family to the video entitled “Party del Corpo”, a group work by the students from the drama workshop at the G.Salvemini state secondary school in Casalecchio di Reno; the second prize went to Gaia Maria Infante from the Venturi art school in Modena with the series of 5 photographs entitled “Crescere”; the third prize was awarded to the series of 5 photographs entitled “Facit indignatio versum” by the students Diego Bisceglie and Tamirlan Voziam of the F.lli Taddia high school in Cento. Lastly, the Vignali family awarded the Venturi prize to Martina Bardelli with the series of 11 photographs “Dell’identità, degli avatar, dell’uomo e di Dio dopo due anni di Covid”.
Also on display and in the accompanying publication: “Attimi”, a series of 10 photographs by Sara Esmeralda Caiazzo, student from the Venturi art school in Modena; “Desiderio e consapevolezza”, 6 photographs by Chiara Foglia of the Cassinari art school in Piacenza; “Maschere di Cera”, 4 photographs by Giulia Bedini of the Venturi art school in Modena; “Afroitaliani”, 8 photographs by Lorenzo Leggio of the Arcangeli art school in Bologna; “Protezione”, 10 photographs by Filippo Bernardoni of the Venturi art school in Modena; “Scrittura di Luce”, 9 shots by Valentina Colombo of the Cassinari art school in Piacenza; “Realtà Illusoria”, 9 photographs by Chiara Saltini of the Venturi art school in Modena; and “Non è proprio così”, 10 photographs by Pavel Scarpellini of the Persolino-Strocchi high school in Faenza. The selected works on display for the tenth anniversary are by Camilla Marrese and Gabriele Chiapparini, Agnese Subacchi, Giuseppe Diaferia, Davide Solieri, Rares Stefan Burnea, Giorgia Mangieri, Nicola Ciriali, Davide Pancetti and Enrico Bellenghi.