European contest



Daliana Ciot

we are all human

The motif is clear and strong: two faces that overlap in a part represent male and female elements, some being shared between the two. The image captures the attention, you perceive being invited to take contact. Their view is open, they share some parts but preserve their own interests (one looks more to the left, one more to the right). * With only a few lines, there’s a lot of character in the expression of the faces, and while the female face looks happy, there’s a bit of melancholy in the male face (Still, he doesn’t look unhappy, either). Clearly none of both is dominating the other one, confidence and intimacy are transmitted. Together they have 3 eyes. The representation of the faces could be inspired by Picasso and / or Keith Haring and / or Jim Avignon.

Marta Bico Silva

enlightened with freedom

Marta Bico Silva's photography denotes an ability to play with lights and the landscape around her, put in relation with emotions. In particular, it is noticeable how the correct use of light makes the photography impactful. She was appreciated by the jury for the strong feeling of freedom she exudes and for being a clear representation of female empowerment. The message of a woman freeing herself from the obstacles of life on earth and looking with a smile to her future where the only limit is the sky, is clear.


The Hug

One of the few tridimensional contributions, this work offers quite a bunch of interpretations. The symbols for female and male are interwoven and form a kind of chain in which different constellations become visible: Man/Man, Man/Woman, Woman/Woman - a plea for gender diversity. A bunch of keys could also be associated, offering to open up new ways of connecting the sexes. Although the technical implementation is not quite perfect, it has succeeded here with simple means to represent equality and diversity. This work could also be realised as a (climbable) sculpture in public space.

Special mentions

Alesia Diana Cursaru

Why aren't you smiling?

The photo shows 4 adolescent girls who seem to reenact a painting, representing different roles of women in religious paintings or antique tales: Pietà, Maria Magdalena, Eurydike … Stereotyped roles of what is expected from women: motherhood, compassion, passiveness, seduction. But, while the stereotype includes that women are to be happy in those roles, none of the protagonists is smiling. All look quite sad, refusing to smile. The composition of the image, breaking with classical rules of golden cut or 2/3-rule, underlines the pressure that those young women seem to feel: the cloudy sky seems to invade their space. While all this sounds a bit depressing, the image still transmits friendship and intimacy between the 4 adolescents who are in close contact and maybe reflect on how to empower themselves. They have different skin colours, different style to dress, perhaps belong to different religions and represent diversity and confidence. Rineke Dijkstra or Loredana Nemes, contemporary photographers, could be mentioned as a possible inspiration / references.

Alfonso Ruocco

If u have a voice use it!

The jury particularly appreciated the author's call for communal work, his invitation to stand up and speak together. The characters in the work are from different ethnicities and cultures as if to emphasize even more strongly that the goal, the path and the struggle is common, universal. This is everyone's issue in which women cannot and should not be left alone. Those who have a voice should speak up.

Giorgia Ferretti

The Eye That Looks

Giorgia Ferretti's work was selected because it exposes the theme of the objectification of women in a very explicit way and with an original technique. The eyes that surround the woman strip her and make her vulnerable to male judgments, make her a lifeless object. However, the woman also possesses an eye with which to look; she reacts to objectification by supporting the gaze of others and going on her way. The choice of using mirrors that on the one hand censor, on the other force the observer to come into contact, in observing, with their own gaze was particularly appreciated and evaluated as original and very impactful.

Giulia Vitagliano

Never get rid of them

Vitagliano: This photography, entry offers a differentiated view on the subject of stereotypes. On the back of a young, androgyne person who is just taking off her sweater, various terms become visible, reminiscent of tattoos. However, there are no names of partners, superstars or other tattoo classics to be seen here, but adjectives that could be both stereotypes and self-attributions, oscillating between positive and negative. "I am all that - and that's good," the protagonist seems to want to express - or are the terms, which she herself can never see, attributions against which she resists? It is precisely the non-ambiguity that makes this work an interesting contribution that can trigger discussions and create awareness.

Nicole Raccah

Up in the sky

Nicole Raccah's work was awarded because it demonstrates consistency with the demands set forth in the project and for its good use of the collage technique. Particularly appreciated was the idea of the representation of the space of a woman's mind who, despite stereotypes, in her personal and internal reality has the ability to think and thus bring into reality whatever she freely desires.

Stella Tortora

Apparent Truth

Stella Tortora's sculpture was immediately noticed by the jury for the immediacy of the message it conveys and the originality of the display. Hands are the most used and useful tool of a human being, so the handcuffs well represent the difficulties that women experience every day in their daily lives. At the same time it is emphasized that the male gender is favored, as the possessor of the keys that represent power. Remarkable is the mastery of technique and the ability to clearly and realistically represent the gender gap.

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