Andreco won the Special prize at Talent Prize 2017 and was part of the exhibition with the video “One and Only” and an installation of Flags at Museum MACRO in Rome.
One and only – (Unica e Indivisibile )
for Walking. Arte in Cammino.
Audio by Vittorio Giampietro
The installation last from August 6th to October 6th 2016
“One and only – a flag for the landscape. An artwork for the Walking- arte in cammino project.
Between the Austrian outpost and the Italian trenches, this twenty meters large strip is no man’s land. 7000 men lost their lives on this mountain during the great war trying to conquer the top. Friends, colleagues and acquaintances found themselves on the opposite side of the trenches on the same mountain to shoot each other. Yesterday and today borders breed death. Trespass borders, climb the tops, get lost in the landscape and then disappear.” (from an Andreco’s speech)
Keywords: One And Only – unica e indivisibile – An anti-flag for The landscape. Flag on no mans land – A mountain can not be divided by nations – WWI – natural boundaries vs political border. Project for Walking. Arte in cammino #palpiccolo in between borders
The “One and Only” installation is composed of three flags depicting three different images of stylized mountaintops, reinvented and re-drawn by the artist. Two of these flags can be seen on the trail: the first one is hoisted on the flagpole standing on the Italian/Austrian border; the other one is raised upon the mountaintop between the Italian and Austrian trenchlines, in no man’s land. Due to the fact that the border ran through the Pal Piccolo dividing its small surface between Italy and Austria, their respective trenchlines used to be very close. The state of war between these two peoples did not match the reality of their relationship, which used to be friendly and based on business and personal exchanges. The war fought in the trenches at the top of the mountain was a war between neighbors and friends. Under a geomorphological point of view the mountain is the upper part of Earth’s crust but at the same time, when crossed by state borders, it becomes also an obstacle to movement: during the Great War the natural border of Pal Piccolo became a political limit and a battlefield.
Andreco produced for the Pal Piccolo mountain three flags which represent, in the artist’s words, “a mountain that is one and only,” symbolically obliterating the borders.
To depict this idea, and following an established method, the artist synthesized shapes from natural data into an abstract, partially recognizable image. This way the installation is a dedication to the Pal Piccolo, celebrated trough a landscape flag formed by a succession of real-life mountaintops, but also an invitation to meditate upon an idea of unity rather than one of separation as suggested by the landmarks designed to hoist the flags.
Besides, this work testifies the artist’s interest to investigate borderlands. The “one and only” installation for the northeastern border of Italy is ideally connected to the “parade for landscape” project, a performance for the southeastern border realized in Santa Maria di Leuca (puglia).
The artist placed the third landscape flag on top of the Reythembergher tower, along with a mosaic on display on the inside created as a cooperation with Musivaria, to create a visual connection between the different locations involved in the project.
Michela Lupieri and Giuseppe Favi curators of the project Walking. Arte in Cammino
On 12 December at 6.30 pm, at the MACRO in via Nizza, the exhibition of the tenth edition of the Talent Prize, the annual Inside Art prize dedicated to young artists, opens. This year, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the award, not only the works of the winner, the finalists and the special prizes of 2017 will be exhibited, but the works of the winners who have marked the history of the competition from 2008 to today will also be presented to the public. .
The project rooms on the first floor of the Roman museum host the works of the nine finalists of the tenth edition, representatives of the various artistic categories. With an installation, Davide Allieri with Billdor, Marco Strappato with Untitled (Ground), Jacopo Rinaldi with closed circuit reached the final. Excerpts from Harald Szeemann in his archive, Luca Resta with Superposition. Representing the sculpture section together with the winner Monaldi is Simona Andrioletti who arrives in the final with the work Belvedere, while two artists selected in the photography category: Cosimo Veneziano with The Monument in the age of Berlusconi and Alberto Sinigaglia with Cloud # Teapot. There are also two spokespersons for the video section: Simone Cametti with the work Tina and the German Patrik Thomas with Hotel Desterro while no artist appears to represent the painting section.
Studio # 1 on the upper floor hosts Davide Monaldi’s wallpaper and the 2017 special prizes, selected by the main supporters of the Talent Prize. First of all, the Third Pillar Foundation – Italy and the Mediterranean which decided to reward Andreco with the work Between Nations. The UTOPIA special prize, a leading company in Italy in the integrated activity of Institutional Relations, Communication, Legal Affairs & Lobbying, was instead awarded to the IOCOSE collective with the work Drone Memorial. In the same room will be exhibited the work What does not let you sleep at night by Diego Miguel Mirabella, awarded by Spazio Cima, a lively Roman reality that hosts exhibitions and events related to contemporary culture. Finally, together with them, Fabrizio Bellomo with the series of Untitled portraits selected by the publisher Guido Talarico as the Inside Art special prize.
Finally, studio # 2 presents to the public the works of the winners of the Talent Prize from 2008 to 2017. These are artists who in recent years have developed their research distinguishing themselves on the national and international scene. Starting with Rä di Martino with the photograph Untitled (Marilyn) from 2008, and then continuing, in chronological order with David Casini and his sculpture Genera, Giovanni Ozzola with Superficiale – Under my skin, Giulio Delvè with Black dog. And again Danilo Correale with The visible hand – The future in Their hands, 2011-2012, up to more recent works such as 2Estate by Gian Maria Tosatti, Dominium Melancholiae by Antonio Fiorentino and Sparkling Matter by Matteo Nasini.
Participating in the selection was the historical jury composed of Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, president of the homonymous Foundation, Ludovico Pratesi, Curator and art critic, Federica Pirani, art historian and head of exhibition planning of the Capitoline Superintendence, Marcello Smarrelli, director art of the Ermanno Casoli Foundation and the Pastificio Cerere Foundation, Anna d’Amelio Carbone, director of the Memmo Contemporary Art Foundation, Rocco Guglielmo, artistic director of the Marca Museum of Catanzaro, Guido Talarico, director and publisher of Inside Art, together with seven new jurors Peter Benson Miller, Artistic Director of the American Academy in Rome, Joachim Blüher, Director of the German Academy Rome Villa Massimo, Fabio Cavallucci, Director of the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato, Giovanni Giuliani, President of the Giuliani Foundation for contemporary art, Rome, Gianluca Marziani, Artistic Director Palazzo Collicola Arti Visive S poleto, Charlotte Morel, Director of Visual Arts in the city of Lille, Chiara Parisi, Curator of contemporary art exhibitions at Villa Medici, Roberta Tenconi, Curator Pirelli HangarBicocca Milano.