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The exhibition catalogue takes an in-depth look at the works of these artists through essays by the members of the Selection Committee, as well as illustrations and biographies.

The catalogue is published by Silvana Editoriale.

Emerging Talents 2011
Franziska Nori, CCCS director / Riccardo Lami, project coordination

Following the success of the first event, held in 2009, the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina is presenting the second edition of Emerging Talents. Constituted by a prize and an exhibition, the initiative offers young Italian artists the opportunity to promote their work and gives the public and critics alike the chance to investigate Italy's contemporary art scene. The Emerging Talents project is an effective instrument and platform to launch and promote the work of young Italian artists.
We believe that working on a project with the aim of showcasing the excellence of young creativity is fundamental at a moment in history - and in a social climate - like that of Italy in recent years. The ability to invest in education, culture and research is crucial, representing a moment of truth for the very future of a national community that is facing the need to make the most effective decisions possible in order to keep up with other nations and avoid the progressive decline of its competitiveness with respect to the world and the global market. This problem is not merely Italian, but extends to Europe in general. Nevertheless, we must also note a specific Italian weakness and lack of far-sightedness in managing such a critical transition. Entire generations of young people have no possibilities for a future on what has become an international job market, due to an education that is unable to compete with that of their peers from other countries, as well as the dearth of professional growth opportunities in their homeland.
As a cultural project, Emerging Talents has not set itself the utopian goal of changing the roots of this situation, but attempts to apply a specific vision of the relationship between society and culture distinctive of an institution such as the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina. Indeed, its very mission is to create a lifelong-learning approach that aspires to offer complete access to information and knowledge, rather than making them exclusive assets. The Emerging Talents project reflects the spirit of the CCC Strozzina and of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in general, aiming to serve as a cultural platform in a position to grasp artistic and cultural issues and trends that have a profound influence on the local territory, while also encouraging interest on a national and international level.
The artists who have been chosen are considered among the finest new talents on the Italian art scene but, despite the fact that art galleries and experts have acclaimed their work, they are not fully recognized yet by the general public. The sixteen artists chosen as candidates for the prize are presented in the Emerging Talents 2011 exhibition at the CCC Strozzina (19 February - 1 May 2011) through a selection of their works, offering the public an opportunity to learn about new research and trends in Italian contemporary art. In the diversity of approaches and types of research it showcases, ranging from drawing and photography to installation art and video, the exhibition aims to present recent works by the selected artists that can testify to the point of development of their oeuvre and create a fascinating and stimulating itinerary for the public, offering visitors the opportunity to draw comparisons between extremely varied approaches to artistic research.
The participating artists were selected by a committee composed of four established Italian curators: Luca Massimo Barbero (MACRO, Rome), Chiara Bertola (HangarBicocca, Milan), Andrea Bruciati (Galleria Civica d'Arte Contemporanea, Monfalcone) and Giacinto Di Pietrantonio (GAMeC, Bergamo). Each one chose four artists who, according to the regulations of this project, had to be Italians between the ages of 25 and 35. The winner of the Emerging Talents 2011 prize was instead selected by an international jury composed of Achim Borchardt-Hume (Whitechapel Gallery, London), Barbara Gordon (Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C.) and Adam Szymczyk (Kunsthalle Basel).
The jury chose the winner based on an overall analysis of the creative paths of the different artists, examining their coherence, maturity and originality as a whole, and not only individual works. Key elements in selecting the winner were the level of innovation in terms of social impact, form and the artist's conceptual path, the aesthetic power of the submitted work, and an assessment of the work vis-à-vis the artist's previous works. The prize awarded by the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi to the winner, announced at the inauguration of the exhibition on 18 February 2011, is the sponsorship of a monograph that will be published by Silvana Editoriale, conceived as an important contribution to furthering the winner's career and a way to promote the artist's work.
Emerging Talents is one of the numerous events devoted to young artists that are organized annually by museums and art foundations. The specificity of this project lies first of all in the investment efforts made to award the prize, based on two selection processes that also involved some of the leading national and international professionals in this field. Secondly, Emerging Talents is distinguished by the desire to assign an independent and equally significant role to the exhibition with respect to the prize. The duration of the exhibition, the accompanying catalogue and the collateral events that have been scheduled make it an outstanding opportunity for the public to learn about the new research aspirations of young Italian art. The exhibition is structured into separate areas based on the choices made by the individual curators, selecting the best space to present the artistic position of each candidate.
The exhibition catalogue takes an in-depth look at the works of these artists through essays by the members of the Selection Committee, as well as illustrations and biographies. It is an instrument designed to help the public learn more about these different areas of research, but at the same time it is a tool for the artists to promote their work nationally and internationally, also through the network of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi.
Emerging Talents 2011, like every one of the exhibition projects designed by the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina, is to be accompanied by a programme of lectures held by experts from a variety of different disciplines, in an effort to stimulate a direct debate with the public. Devised by Alessio Bertini, the programme will be offering a broad overview of issues and players on Italy's young creative scene today. Reflecting the specific aims of the award, the lectures will be focusing both on the dynamics involved in promoting young artists in Italy, and on the way the formative process is structured here in Italy and abroad. While affording priority to the artistic sphere, the cycle of lectures will also be offering the viewpoint of experts in such disciplines as architecture (Marco Biraghi) and design (Alberto Bassi and Francesco Franchi).  They will be joined by Chiara Bertola and Riccardo Benassi who, each from the standpoint of their respective professional expertise, will be illustrating the good and the not-so-good in our country's promotion of contemporary art. And finally, in conjunction with Florence University and with the MAXXI - National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome, a special event is planned with Gabriele Guercio, Anna Mattirolo and Maria Grazia Messina presenting several recent studies of Italian art in the past few decades and discussing the role of cultural institutions in our country.
We would like to thank the artists and the members of the Selection Committee and of the international jury, along with all of the Centre for Contemporary Culture Strozzina's partners and sponsors, who have allowed us to produce this Emerging Talents 2011 project, which we believe provides the city of Florence with an important opportunity to update and stimulate interest in young Italian art.