Nikita Gale, Lorenza Longhi and Himali Singh Soin are the winners of the fifth edition of the Henraux International Sculpture Award 2022. The award, established in 2012 and dedicated to artists under the age of 40, is promoted by the Henraux Foundation, based on an idea from the President, Paolo Carli, with the aim of improving and updating the marble working culture between history, tradition, technology and the present. The award is dedicated to memory Erminio Cidoniodirector of the company, which between the 50s and 60s gave life to an international sculpture center that collaborated with numerous artists, among others. Henry Moore, Jean Hans Arp, Henri Georges Adam and Isamu Noguchi.
In light of this legacy, the purpose of the Henraux International Sculpture Award is to explore changes and developments in national and international contemporary sculptural artistic research. Original perspectives and innovative approaches to production, as well as rethinking marble form and material in a more sustainable perspective, define the criteria for the study of the award.
The works, produced with full support from Henraux, will be previewed on Saturday, July 23, 2022 and will remain on display to the public from July 27 to September 15, 2022 at the Querceta di Seravezza Exhibition Center, in parallel and in dialogue with the exhibition ” Henraux 1960-1970 Collection “, edited by Edoardo Bonaspetti.
Henraux Award 2022: the projects of the three winners
The winners of the Henraux 2022 Prize were chosen by a jury of Edoardo Bonaspetti, Vincenzo de Bellis, Letizia Ragaglia, Eike Schmidt and Roberta Tenconiafter reviewing the applications submitted by each member of the selection board composed of: Lorenzo Giusti, Fatima Hellberg, João Laia, Luca Lo Pinto, Lucia Pietroiusti, Yasmil Raymond and Zoé Whitley. “The three selected projects were distinguished for the significant degree of artistic and technological experimentation, and for the ability to tackle some central themes of the time,” the statement reads. “Artists have in various ways explored a field of research that ranges from environmental urgency to economic and production dynamics, from reflection on the work of art to the definition of original sculptural languages.”
Lorenza Longhi’s approach reconsiders the features and processes of marble, working in close collaboration with the departments of the Henraux company. Based on applications in architecture and interior design, the artist chooses not to look at marble in its decorative qualities, but as a raw material, by using unused elements and trying out unexpected combinations.
Nikita Gale’s project, on the other hand, aims to mix a traditional material such as marble, a metaphor for solidity and stability, with a performative action, understood as temporary and intangible. The process by which this connection arises in the series of proposed works is laden with metatextual meanings, because the object of the action will be the material itself.
Himali Singh Soin’s multi-year research into the polar ice will take the form of a project divided into two phases involving the Arctic antipodes. The first part of the work sees the creation of a postcolonial Arctic island through the use of marble dust in a long performance ceremony accompanied by the percussionist and composer David Soin Tappeser. In the second part, Himali will present the marble rendering of Deception, an island at the South Pole and former whaling station. The island, part of the southern Shetland Islands, resembles in shape a similarō, the Zen circle. With this work, Himali focuses on decolonial healing, inviting us to reflect on the freezing and depth of time, on perishability, perishability.