The Torino Social Impact Art Award is the result of the desire to create a dialogue between art and social innovation, with the aim of initiating actions that can have an impact on the present, in the contemporary society.
Promoted by Torino Social Impact, in collaboration with Fondazione Compagnia di San Paolo, the prize is created and coordinated by Artissima.
The first edition of the project (2020) – titled “Quante Italie?” – awarded Caterina Erica Shanta (Germany, 1986) and Liryc Dela Cruz (Philippines, 1992), who during the residency in Torino produced respectively the video works Talking about visibility and Il Mio Filippino: Invisible Bodies, Neglected Movements. The second edition (2021) – titled ZOOM IN/ZOOM OUT – awarded Monia Ben Hamouda (Milan, 1991) and the collective MRZB who during the residency in Torino produced respectively the video works Adhan to Dora with and STILI DRAMA XLI-XLII: la Giostra di Lulu.
The 2022 edition – titled Rebellions and rebirths: the creative potential of confrontation – awarded artists Federico Pozuelo and Natália Trejbalová.
From June 27 to July 27 the two artists were hosted at Combo in Turin to create two video works reflecting in particular on the theme of the call Rebellions and rebirths: the creative potential of confrontation: a reflection on the theme of social conflict in its various manifestations and latent forms; a tangible, concrete phenomenon that has always relied on art as a peaceful means of expression with a strong potential for protest at the same time. Guided and aided by Matteo Mottin and Ramona Ponzini, the two artists have narrated the contemporary society of Turin in a transverse way, as emblematic of a country in transformation, making their multifaceted and original points of view interact with the stimulating context of the city and its most significant cultural and social phenomena.
The videos produced by the selected artists during the residency will be presented at Artissima 2022.
Federico Pozuelo will present a film project that investigates the various historical narratives of Northern Italy, through the language of the mystery and horror genres, focusing on Turin from the 1970s to the present.
Natália Trejbalová will investigate the network of underground spaces, time capsules and archives of human and non-human traces, in a journey through a parallel world in search of the hidden visage of Turin.