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27 June 2012
ANNA FRANCESCHINI vince la XIII edizione del Premio Ermanno Casoli

Anna Franceschini (Pavia, 1979) is the winner of the 13th Premio Ermanno Casoli, promoted by the Fondazione Ermanno Casoli and curated by its artistic director, Marcello Smarrelli.
On Thursday 18 October 2012 ROCK-PAPER-SCISSORS, a video installation that is the fruit of a complex project centred on the town of Fabriano and its surrounding territory will be presented at the Fabriano headquarters of the Elica Group, world leader in the production of kitchen extractor hoods for use in the home and main sponsor of the FEC.

“The new feature of this 13th occasion on which the prize has been awarded,” declares Deborah Carè, director of the FEC, “is the decision to involve in a decisive and more direct way the town that is its home, Fabriano, where art and industry first began to exercise a mutual influence in the manufacture of paper. One of the most important industrial areas in Europe, Fabriano has a complex and varied identity, and one that is more than ever in need of reconsideration today. I believe that finding a way to marry this remarkable tradition of work to a contemporary cultural production that inspires innovation and creativity in a region of evident historical and artistic value will help to break the economic deadlock in which we find ourselves.”

The Fondazione Ermanno Casoli has decided to award the prize to Anna Franceschini “for the aesthetic quality of her research, expressed through the language of the cinema, and for her ability to find the point of view from which a place, an object or a phenomenon reveals its innermost nature. For the artist the use of moving images is the favoured means for a silent, meditative observation of reality, a space emptied of the human presence, where the flow of time becomes tangible”, explains Marcello Smarrelli. The artist herself speaks of her work as “an investigation of human existence, the vision of a world made by men but devoid of their presence, a moment suspended in time through which it is easier to perceive the spirit of a place”.

The presentation of the Premio Ermanno Casoli will also be the occasion for the inauguration of the space for video projections designed by the Salottobuono studio of architects in the Elica establishment at Fabriano, created thanks to the support of PLALAM, leader in the production of PVC-coated steel and RUBNER, a group operating at an international level that has placed wood at the centre of its entrepreneurial vision, acquiring great expertise in the construction of living spaces.

On the homepage: Anna Franceschini, Untitled (Almost Lost), Super8 film transferred on dvd, colour, mute, 49”, looped (shot at 18 and 24 FPS), 2010.
Produced with the support of Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten – Amsterdam.
Courtesy: Nicoletta Fiorucci.