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group show and awards night announcement

Celeste Prize

Dates: 7-15 December 2013
Opening hours: 3pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Fienaroli 28 (ex-Biblis), via dei Fienaroli 28, Trastevere district, Rome, Italy.
Programme for Saturday 7th December 2013 
Exhibition opens at 2pm 
Meet & Greet with the curator
Drinks from 6pm
Awards at 7.30pm 
Party with DJ set from 9pm to late 
Finalist Artists
Painting & Graphics Prize
Stefano Bullo, Hriech Chourouk, Candice Smith Corby, Eugenia Cuéllar, Cristina Gardumi,
Noa Giniger, Cătălin Petrișor, Tibor Pogonyi, Johanna Strobel,Tomas Tichy.
Photography & Digital Graphics Prize
Carmen Dobre, Alix Delmas, Katharina Kiebacher, Dan McCormack, Simon Mulvaney,
Josee Pedneault, May San Alberto, Alexander Solomon, Nikolas Ventourakis.
Video & Animation Prize
Jumana Emil Abboud, Vasco Araújo, Rimma Arslanov, Pavel Braila, Alix Delmas,
Valentina Ferrandes, Joffre Nathalie, Shahar Marcus, Duranté Sébastien, Kenichi Sawazaki.
Installation, Sculpture, Live Media & Performance Prize
Maja Bajevic, Alona Rodeh, Dominique Blais, Basurama, Elisabetta Falanga,
LAB BINÆR, Boohri Park, Ana Prvacki, Evangelia Spiliopoulou, Pavol Truben.

Selection Panel

Ami Barak, curator of Celeste Prize 2013
Ferran Barenblit - Director Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo Madrid, Spain
Iara Boubnova - Curator at ICA Sofia Bulgaria, & Russia
Katrina Brown - Director of The Common Guild Glasgow, UK
Florence Derieux - Director of Frac Champagne Ardenne, France
Dominique Fontaine - Independent curator, Montreal, Canada
Christian Fuller - Curator at Recession Art Brooklyn, USA
Mihnea Mircan - Artistic Director of Extra City Kunsthal Antwerp, Belgium
Gean Moreno - Independent curator, Miami, USA
Ian Alden Russell - Curator of the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, USA
Alia Swastika - Independent curator, Jakarta, Indonesia
Gaëtane Verna - Director of The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada


The selection of the 40 finalists and the 80 shortlisted works for the prize catalogue were made by the Selection Panel of 11 international curators and art critics and by Ami Barak. Each member of the Selection Panel has published online his or her 5 favorite works in each of the categories of the award. The 10 artists in each category whose works received a majority of votes have been admitted to the final exhibition and prize voting in Rome on 7 December.

20,000 € prize-money will be awarded according to choices made in a secret vote by the finalist artists themselves and the curator of the prize, Ami Barak.

Source :

Is an online network born in 2006 where artists and arts professionals from around the world share their common interests in contemporary art, encourage new projects, and promote their work in a positive and active online community of like-minded individuals. Celeste Network has 55,000 signed-up members, each with a personal page, and more than 9,000 visitors a day.

my finalist work

One Day Reality, 2013, oil and graphite on canvas, 30 x 42 cm, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Dix9
This painting is based on a photograph I took of a print on paper with an image of a butterfly. The printed paper is cut on the butterfly's wings outline and slightly lifted. The paper is fixed with a nail that pierces through the image of the butterfly.
The work is an exercise in obtaining a three-dimensional image out of a bi-dimensional one. The entire scene is composed to look like a home-made insectarium assembled from recyclable materials. 
The drawing overlapping the image is an explanation on how to draw a perfect circle with a nail, a string and a pencil.

There were 435 works submitted in the Painting & Graphic Section. My work has been voted by Ami Barak, Florence Derieux, Mihnea Mircan and Katrina Brown, to whom I thank very much.

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Cătălin Petrişor (b. 1978) is a visual artist from Craiova, Romania. His paintings are seamless renditions based on cut-outs from found or owned photographs, above which he sometimes overlaps contour drawings made in graphite. He favors elusive subjects deliberately kept opened to multiple interpretations.
His last solo show is The Distance Itself, a third time collaboration with C-Space Gallery in Beijing. The project comprises one video and 8 paintings. A few small found objects and debris are scattered across the galley space, sometimes on the shelf formed by the depth of the paintings stretchers' top bars.
He obtained MFA of the University of Art and Design of Cluj-Napoca in Romania in 2004.
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