ALA presents the third edition of ALA Art Prize, an award dedicated to contemporary art. The ALA Art Prize 2023, an initiative by ALA For Art promoted by the ALA Group, kicks off for the third year running with an open call to all artists and collectives of artists aged between 18 and 40 operating in Italy. The call will be open from February 14 to March 30, 2023; participation is free, application via an online form on the website.
For its 2023 edition, the ALA Art Prize invites artists to engage with the idea of habitat, a multilevel concept and metaphor for an ideal physical and relational environment to be investigated in its manifold articulations—natural and artificial, and in its social and cultural implications.
From the Latin “habitare” “to live”—properly “he lives”, habitat is a term borrowed from natural science, referring to the set of physical and environmental conditions of a place in which a species finds the best conditions for survival.
As a physical space within an ecosystem, it is a place inhabited by one or more organisms and an ever-changing living system evoking such concepts as coexistence, adaptation, protection that have become central in the contemporary debate on new ways of rethinking the dialogue between human beings and the Earth.
If it is anthropized, it then turns into a social habitat whose features are determined by the coexistence of environmental, cultural and relational factors. Hence the idea of habitat as a populated community space, where individuals trigger social, organizational and economic processes with the ultimate aim of living together in an environment, whether this is public, like a city or an office, or personal and intimate, such as home.
Besides the guiding theme of this edition, artists are invited to present an unpublished site- specific project, designed to occupy one of the common spaces of the ALA headquarters in Naples, within the Teatro Mediterraneo of Mostra d’Oltremare.
The winning project will be awarded a cash prize of 10,000 EUR, necessary to cover the work’s production costs. Newly featured in this edition is the introduction of a fee for the artist who will receive a sum of 2,000 EUR for his/her work.
The prestigious 2022 Edition Jury, made up of international critics and curators is once again confirmed this year: Giovanni Carmine, Director of the Kunst Halle in San Gallo and curator of Art Basel Unlimited, Eugenio Viola, Chief Curator MAMBO – Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Bogotá and Alessia Volpe, independent Curator and Director of the Ciaccia Levi Gallery in Paris.