Era pacifica pare • 17° Premio Ricas

Marco Belfiore

Giulio Alvigini, Federica Angelino, Federico Arani, Andrea Barbagallo, Stefania Carlotti, Arianna Cavigioli, Byron Gago, Mati Jhurry, Lori Lako, Giulia Maiorano, Jacopo Martinotti, Cecilia Meroni, Cecilia Parenti, Leonardo Pellicanò, Manuela Piccolo, Miriam Poletti, Alessandro Polo, Chiara Principe, Lorenzo Ramos, Africa Ruiz, Giacomo Segantin, Giulia Silvestri e Kim Yoogin

10.05.2016 — 12.05.2016

The Ricas Award is supported by Rotary Club Milano Villoresi and Rotaract Milano Sforza

Era pacifica pare is the final exhibition of the workshop Classicità oggi? Quale il significato nell’epoca contemporanea led by Marco Belfiore for the 23 finalists of the 17° Ricas Prize:
two days of reflections and work production to discover together the possible connections between artists' own artistic practice and the classic art.

Premio Ricas is promoted by Rotary Club Milano Villoresi and Rotaract Milano Sforza with the aim of supporting and promoting talent and creativity. Dedicated to young italian artists under 25, collaborates with Careof to develop moments of comparison, exchange and visibility for young italian artists, offering them the possibility to grow personally and professionally.

The prize took its name from Riccardo Castagnedi – so called Ricas, already President of Touring Italian Club – which has expressed many times its necessity to form active citizens, able to recover and authentic look about things, able to pay attention and able to graps the signs of transformation. Citizens able to redefine ways and times of a everydaylife strongly marked by a multiculturalism, open to the comparison with others, in a creative and inclusive way.
The 17th edition of Ricas prize has a strong formative connotation and offered the possibility to join a workshop with Marco Belfiore starting from the question:
“Classicism, today? Its meaning in the age of contemporary”.

The two days workshop aimed at deepening and fathoming the concept of classicism for this new digital generation: What does it mean? Is it important in the creation of our research and work? The dialogue also confronted the theme of tradition compared to our time characterized by the birth of social media and all the new communication tools for the realization and the fruition of an artwork.
The works realized during the workshop will be displayed from 10 to 12 of May 2016 at Careof – La Fabbrica del Vapore – Milano and they will also be presented in a catalogue. The most interesting artwork will win a prize of 500 euros.


Ask a group of 23 artists, born with internet and grown up with social newtorks, to stop for two days and ask themselves which and what was the possible connection between their artistic pratice and the classic art, has been a challenge for me. The answer of these young artists went far beyond my expectations: all the artists have actively contributed to the discussion, proposing ideas and considerations about the concept of “classic” and all of these were so heterogeneus and personal that, at the end of the day, everyone had the feeling of having received and shared something important.
During the second day of the workshop the group seemed to me increasingly close-knit, in fact it was immediately ready to face a new challenge: produce a work that in one day could condensate and summarize what had emerged during the first meeting.
At that point something special happened: the workshop turned into a real laboratory, all day long nothing was done but work and discuss the work in progress. My feeling was to be witnessing a special moment: I saw very different young artists “going out” of their research momentarily, to look for a common strategy in the group that could allow them to win the biggest challenge: to look at their own artistic practice with new awareness.