The “A Collection Award” is a production award linked to a mini-residence: the winning artist (selected from those exhibiting at Arte Fiera) has designed a tapestry, created by Giovanni Bonotto, and was present at the initial stages of its weaving.
After its debut at Palazzo Barolo in Turin, the award was the second step of the A Collection project, curated by Chiara Casarin, which combines the search for young and successful Italian artists with the creative vision of new weaving techniques. To date, the project has led to the creation of 10+1 large and fascinating contemporary tapestries made with threads obtained from the processing of recycled plastic.
In 2018, Giovanni Bonotto won the Sustainable Producer prize at the Green Carpet Fashion Awards, hosted by the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. For the occasion, the theatre’s entire façade was covered with a tapestry of threads made of recycled plastic. Giovanni Bonotto, a contemporary of the foremost international artists, has always adhered to a pioneering philosophy that unites artistic creation and manufacturing, becoming the ambassador of a new way to think and produce.
Chiara Casarin is the director of the Civic Museums of Bassano del Grappa and a curator of contemporary art. She has curated numerous shows and publications for Italian and foreign public institutions as well as for private bodies and collectors, and proposes a new concept of museums for the 21st century, declaring that they should become cultural poles and points of reference for contemporary artistic creation based on the history of Italian and European art. She was a professor at Ca’ Foscari and IUAV in Venice, contributes to many Italian publications, and is the author of several books, including “L’Autenticità nell’arte contemporanea” (published by ZeL Edizioni).
Diego Bergamaschi is based in Milan and works in the corporate finance. He’s collecting contemporary art and artist's book for over 15 years, but his great passion is to share projects with young Italian artists also newcomers. He holds several institutional positions (ClubGamec Bergamo, Promoter Committee of the Italian Forum of Contemporary Art, ArtVerona Address Committee). He also founded a shared video collection (Seven Gravity Collection), an online platform for storing works of art (Collection of Collections) and a curatorial platform (Eddy Merckx Curating).
Maria Chiara Valacchi is an art critic, independent curator and journalist based in Milan.
Since 2010 she has been the co-founder and curator of the non-profit space “Cabinet” which has hosted a series of internationally recognized mid-career artists such as Brian Calvin, Kaye Donachie, Sylvie Fleury, Karsten Födinger, Christian Jankowski, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Chris Succo, Melike Kara, Dan Shaw-Town, Henning Strassburger e Amalia Ulman - www.spaziocabinet.com
Since 2014 she has been the founder and editor-in-chief of “Paint!” an on-line platform exclusively devoted to the diffusion and research of the best contemporary painting, being the first one to take exclusively advantage of the contribution of renowed international painters - www.paintdiary.com
Since 2015 she has been an international contributor to ArtForum International Magazine and from 2017 to Il Corriere della Sera and Il Fatto Quotidiano.
As an independent curator she has over eighty exhibitions in private and public spaces, among the most recent “Supercolla”, a project on Giò Ponti's Superleggera, involving Italian and foreign artists and designers; she was also curator of “Studiolo, the Best of Italian Youth”, “San Marino Calling” and “Gen X”, all organized for the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in San Marino.
From 2012 she’s the curator of “Mandranova in Residence”, artist residency program located on the hills of Palma di Montechiaro, in Sicily.
Among the main magazines she has cooperated with there are: Artforum, Flash Art, Arte e Critica, Arte, Muse and Inside. For these magazines she has published some monographic pieces and inteviews to important curators, collectors and internationally renowed artists such as Hans Ulrich Obrist, Simon Castet, Anita Zabludowicz, Michaël Borremans, Wim Delvoye, Jeff Koons, Jim Lambie, Richard Phillips.