Public days: 4 - 6 November 2022

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, created and coordinated by Artissima, the prize offers two young artists residing in Italy the opportunity to take part in a residency in Torino (in July) for the creation of a new work. The award is aimed at young people with training in the world of contemporary art whose histories and family/life experiences have enabled them to live within different cultures in an international context.

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.

Selected through a call issued to the main Academies of Fine Arts and Universities in Italy, the two winners will have the possibility to take part in a residency in Torino for 30 days in July to work on the creation of two new video productions. The artists will rely on a tutoring service by the curators of the project (Matteo Mottin and Ramona Ponzini, founders of the art project Treti Galaxie) and of Torino Social Impact.

The videos created over the residency will then be presented at Artissima 2022 (4-6 November). The residency will be held at Combo, the hospitality partner of the project and an innovative format that combines the idea of lodging with artistic and cultural programming open to experimentation.


The theme of the third edition, Rebellions and rebirths: the creative potential of confrontation, calls for 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. Challenge and dissent can become a generative and creative tool is the confrontation does not take the form of destructive attitudes and behaviours, but is instead mediated with the aim of developing new visions and social transformations. Social conflict, in fact, besides shedding light on questions of social and spatial equity, can also generate new representations, ideas, exercises of negotiation and contamination, resistance and mutual aid, leading to the birth of innovative practices and original languages. Within the complexity of social interaction, art can only be an ally in this challenge of recomposition and regeneration.












Federico Pozuelo wins the Torino Social Impact Art Award 2022 with a project aimed at the creation of a video that will investigate the various historical narratives of Northern Italy, focused on Turin, from the Seventies to today. Letting himself be inspired by the turmoil of the Piedmontese capital, the artist will work on historical materials to build a fiction through the cinematographic language of thriller and horror.

Federico Pozuelo (Madrid, 1992) is a visual artist who explores the construction of historical and cultural narratives through different languages. In his latest works, he reflects on the construction of the historical event, the aestheticization of political violence, and the theatricalisation of cultural narratives through the language of cinema. He is also a founder member of the Amsterdam-based collective Prom, where since 2017 he has been developing audiovisual production and the editorial project Prom.Run.










Natália Trejbalová wins the Torino Social Impact Art Award 2022 with a project that will investigate the network of underground spaces, a meeting place for marginalised communities and rebellion against the hegemony of the world and surface systems. The underground spaces also burn like time capsules, archives of the human and non-human traces that have traveled through them.

Natália Trejbalová (Košice, Slovacchia, 1989) is an artist who devotes her research to the interference between cultural production and digital languages, in a multidisciplinary approach that includes video production, installation, sculpture and performance. She has participated in exhibition projects in various institutions including: Palais de Tokyo, Paris; MUDAM, Luxembourg; Power Station of Arts, Shanghai; Fotomuseum Winterthur; The 16th Quadriennale, Rome; 35m2, Prague; PAV Turin; Regional Art Museum Pardubice; Gossamer Fog, London; Galerie Charlot, Paris.
Trejbalová was artist in residence at Schafhof-Europäisches Künstlerhaus Oberbayern, Freising; Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart; AIR Futura, Prague; Sim, Reykjavík.
 His most recent solo exhibitions include Isle of the Altered Sun at Promise of Kneropy, Bratislava.

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