premio roberto daolio 2014

plutot la vie...plutot la ville

first edition of the roberto oaolio prize

accademia belle arti bologna
/little constellation/
bologna, italy


The Prize was created in memory of Roberto Daolio and his sensitivity as a national ad international artistic curator, his passionate work as a teacher at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna and his rare ability to recognise and cultivate the signs of the new, which made him an irreplaceable figure and one whose precious achievements are present in the works of so many artists. The Prize was aimed at the students of the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna for a project of public art, a field to which Roberto Daolio devoted most of his commitment in the last fifteen years since he preferred it as an educational form of art focused on the interpretation of and intervention in public spaces not specifically dedicated to art. The Prize offers a scholarship as desired by Daolio’s family and a journey to Iceland thanks to the Little Constellation Network of the Republic of San Marino, with which Daolio collaborated in the last years of his life.

The Commission, formed by Stefano Daolio and artists Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro (Little Constellation Network, Republic of San Marino), Alessandra Andrini, Eva Marisaldi, the teachers of Accademia Mili Romano, Maria Rita Bentini, Carlo Branzaglia, Gino Gianuizzi and Roberto Pinto (University of Bologna), valued 19 projects, all dealing with artistic interventions in some areas of the city of Bologna between the town centre and the suburbs with special attention paid to a contextual approach related to the places and their inhabitants.

The first prize in cash was awarded to the project called InContext by Keita Nakasone for his attentive anthropological, urban and social analysis which resulted in the identification of some abandoned areas of the city. Then he focused on one of them and its living context. The project stands out for the artist’s willingness to stimulate the extensive participation of the public and ability to develop relationships among the inhabitants, in its role as a space able to trigger the creation of a network of connections. Particularly interesting is the fact that this young artist has already started a dialogue with the local authorities to realise his work and turn it into a collaborative cultural platform. The second prize, a two-week journey at the SÍM of Reykiavik offered by Little Constellation Network - Contemporary art in geo-cultural micro-areas and the Small States of Europe, with which Roberto Daolio had a close collaboration in the last years of his life, was awarded to the project by Natalia Tribajlova, Aluda. The conceptual and poetic impact of this work links themes connected with environmental sustainability and the historical memory of the city through sounds.
In addition, the following projects have also been chosen: Cartigli d’artista by Barbala Cardella, Immagini in meno by Irene Fenara, Lumen by Giulia Martini and DENKMAL by Riccardo Vanni.
The winning projects and those which have been selected will be presented in a catalogue and displayed in an exhibition to be inaugurated at the Accademia di Belle Arti of Bologna in February 2015.

* Plutot la vie…Plutot la ville was the title of an exhibition curated by Roberto Daolio and Mili Romano in 2000 at the NEON Gallery. It was the result of an intense and positive experience in Paris during an international workshop at the University of Paris 8 with the young artists of the Accademia Alessandra Andrini, Paolo Bertocchi, Vanessa Chimera, Elisa Laraia, Sandrine Nicoletta and Sissi.

Accademia Belle Arti Bologna
via Belle Arti 54 Bologna (Italy)

/little constellation/
It is an international network for contemporary art designed to create and spread projects focused especially on the research in the Small States of Europe: Andorra, Cyprus, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino as well as in some European geo-cultural micro-areas as Ticino, Ceuta, Gibraltar, Kaliningrad, The Aland Islands, The Faroe Islands, Guernsey and Jersey.
It is an international fact-finding platform aiming at spreading information and organizing exhibitions, meetings and journeys for artists as well as at favouring co-productions and collaborations for new projects with artists, organizations, museums, art centres, public and private institutions and international foundations.
The Network has an accurate focus on the work of artists, groups and research teams of the new generations who operate and have relationships and an active role in these countries.
Little Constellation is based in the Republic of San Marino and it is the result of a process of study, research and net-working started in 2004 by artists Rita Canarezza & Pier Paolo Coro along with curators Roberto Daolio and Alessandro Castiglioni supported by the most important public and private cultural institutions of the Republic of San Marino and in collaboration with the institutions for contemporary art of the Small States of Europe and of the geo-cultural micro-areas, which include a number of artists, curators, ministries, embassies, museums, foundations and organizations.
Today, Little Constellation is the first international network which promotes and links the artists, curators and main institutions in these countries.