Cally Spooner wins the Illy Prize 2017
Writer in residence at the Whitechapel Gallery in London – that, until November 26, will host her artwork Soundtrack for Troubled Time and Notes on Humiliation – but also a performative artist, an art critic, a reference point of an art that is independent but maybe not too much, Cally Spooner is the one who won the Illy Present Future award 2017. Spooner convinced the jury, consisted of Mary Ceruti, executive director and curator at the Sculpture Center in New York, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of the Rivoli Castle Museum of Contemporary Art and GAM of Turin and Luigi Fassi, curator of the visual arts of the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz and co-ordinator of Present Future section for seven years, and she secures her the award with her project Soundtrack for a Troubled Time, presented by the galleries GB Agency of Paris and Zero gallery of Milan.
The prize assegnation, the jury says, must be sought in the poetic of the english artist, whose performance and video are well known: the media that are part of our daily life transform us, they shape us and they lead us to inflict a subtle violence on ourselves, every day, almost unknowingly. Sound, voice, language, physicality, spatiality, Spooner speaks about all of it, as she did in her scripts, published in 2015.
So let’s book for the 2018 edition of Artissima, when Spooner will have the opportunity to exhibit in a museum in Turin, as stated by the Illy Prize.