Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo and the Serpentine Galleries announced the winners of their new annual award, the Re Rebaudengo Serpentine Grants
The winners were officially announced at a ceremony to launch the award, with the participation of Julia Peyton-Jones, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, on Wednesday 16 October 2013, in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery.
This coincided with Serpentine Galleries’ 89plus Marathon, which took place on 18 and 19 October 2013.
In its inaugural year, the 2013 Award invited submissions in July and August via an online platform, hosted by DIS Magazine, from multi-disciplinary practitioners: artists, writers, architects, filmmakers, musicians, designers, scientists and technologists. Two winners were selected, one by open public vote and the other by an international jury, comprised of Francesco Bonami (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo), Lauren Boyle (DIS Magazine), Simon Castets (89plus), Solomon Chase (DIS magazine), Kevin McGarry, Hans Ulrich Obrist (Serpentine Galleries), Julia Peyton-Jones (Serpentine Galleries), Eugenio Re Rebaudengo (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo), Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo) and Jochen Volz (Serpentine Galleries).
Each winner received a sum of €15,000 to produce a new project and present their work to the public at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin from November 2013.
The first Grant winner chosen by open public vote via DIScrit 89plus was Niko Karamyan (b. 1992, United States) and Tierney Finster (b. 1991, United States). Working as a collaborative under the name of Niko the Ikon and Tierney Finster, Karamyan and Finster first began working together in 2004. Their video productions and performances draw on and explore their own take on life’s simplicities, such as love, nature, spirituality and sense of humour alongside the more complex notions of sex, wealth and identity. For the Re Rebaudengo Serpentine Grant exhibition in Turin, Karamyan and Finster presented Can We Talk, the first in a trilogy of music videos they have produced.
The second winner of the Re Rebaudengo Serpentine Grant was Riccardo Paratore (b. 1990, Germany), who was selected on 10 October by the International Jury. Riccardo Paratore had been living in an abandoned shop for one year. It was located in Germaniastraße No. 31 in Düsseldorf and had a large glass window facing the street. During that time four events took place at the space themed Eat, Work, Sleep, and Dance (2012/13). In each of them a basic need and/or activity was performed and displayed. The events were time-based non-material pieces that took the everyday as a point of departure.
The jury also decided to assign three special mentions to the following artists:
Haroon Gunn-Salie (b. 1989, South Africa)
Jasper Spicero (b. 1990, United States)
Amalia Ulman (b. 1989, Argentina)
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo opened its current headquarters, a centre for contemporary art, in Turin in 2002. With a gallery space, bookshop, auditorium, educational department, cafeteria and restaurant, the centre is a flexible structure thatt has produced and presented the work of artists such as Maurizio Cattelan, Urs Fischer, Damien Hirst, Artur Żmijewski, Wael Shawky, Goshka Macuga, Gabriel Kuri and Ragnar Kjartansson. The Fondazione also organises a Young Curators Residency Programme and an annual Prize (Premio StellaRe) honouring women’s achievements across the world, which on 16 September 2013 went to the celebrated Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti. www.fsrr.org
89plus is a long-term, international, multi-platform research project co-founded by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist. It is conceived as a mapping of the generation born in or after 1989. Without forecasting artistic trends or predicting future creation, 89plus manifests itself through panels, books, periodicals and exhibitions, bringing together individuals from a generation whose voices are only starting to be heard, yet which makes up almost half of the world's population. 89plus is supported by the LUMA foundation and DLD – Digital, Life, Design
DIS Magazine is a digital media platform. It’s on and offline projects examine art, fashion, music, and culture, constructing and supporting new creative practices. Working collaboratively with artists, writers, photographers, musicians, and designers, DIS Magazine facilitates projects for the most public and democratic of all forums – the Internet. www.dismagazine.com