One Hundred Days, Contaminate NYC’s first international competition for emerging artists closed on March 31st, 2012. The jury composed by Anne Imelda-Radice, former Director of The Institute of Museum and Library Service; Stefano Albertini, Director of Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò; Emanuela Mazzonis, Curator at François Pinault Collection and exhibitor coordinator for Artemisia Group in Milan; Sarah Small, Photographer and Performance Artist; Kristin Hanson, Gallery Owner and Designer; and Marco Roveda, President and Founder of Lifegate finalized the selection of the three winners on May 1st, 2012.
- The winners for the Economic track are Amsterdam-based Wouter Kalis and Corinne De Korver with the project Social Unit.
- The winner for the Social Track is London-based artist Jei Ryung Lee with her project Hollow.
- The winner for the Environmental Track is London-based Chia Shan Lee with her project The Never Ending Story.
An honorable mention goes to projects by Oberholtzer and Konopitskaya, Elham Asadi, and Matthias Tarasiewicz. Details on the winning projects are posted on the competition website at www.onehundreddays.us. The three winners will have the opportunity to showcase their artwork in a solo-show each, to be planned in Fall 2012 at Kristin Hanson Gallery and Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimó.
“We launched this competition because we believe in the need to create imagery that hits the public consciousness with the seriousness of climate change, and its impact into our lives. We challenged artists to awake the collective consciousness and we are very pleased with the response we received from artists worldwide,” says Contaminate NYC Creative Director Alessandro Spreafico. “Several submissions hit the mark on both aesthetic and conceptual grounds. We are thankful to all the artists that believed and participated in the competition and we are really excited with the final selection from the jury.”
The competition, which challenged artists to create and propose a project inspired by the principles of sustainability, touched more than 10000 viewers in 1133 cities and 97 countries, with the largest outreach in the US and Europe. New York, Vienna, London, and Milan were the top four cities with participating artists.
“We are grateful to our sponsors, partners and jurors,” says Elena Avesani, Executive Director at Contaminate NYC. “Thanks to Life Gate’s support and their Zero Impact® project, CO2 emissions generated by the organization of 100DAYS – estimated in over 12.300 kg – will be compensated by contributing towards the creation and protection of over 2.200 square meters of growing forests in Madagascar, one of the richest natural heritages of the planet. The winners will be hosted in NY for their solo-show thanks to Roomorama’s support and contribution. Finally, a special thanks to Artists Wanted as their support was instrumental to the competition success.”
Partners and sponsors of the competition included also: ADV (ADVassociated.net), Kristin Hanson Gallery (KristinHanson.us); Casa Italiana Zerilli Marimó (CasaItalianaNYU.org); Contesta Rockhair (ContestaRockHair.com); Tunetree (TuneTree.net), Win-Initiative (Win-Initiative.com); and Arte Nascosta (ArteNascosta.com).
A cocktail party celebrating the conclusion of the competition will be held at Kristin Hanson Gallery, 60 Reade Street in Tribeca on June 13th, 2012.