In partnership with King’s College London, our first Winter Session welcomed the awardees of the Ivan Juritz Prize on a workshop residency. The prize is open to recent graduates from European universities and recognises ambitious and experimental work in three categories: image, sound and text. For 2023 we hosted: Kaifan Wang (b.1996, Hohhot, China; graduate of Universität der Künste, Berlin), April Yee (b.1987, Texas, USA; graduate of University of East Anglia, England), and Suzannah V. Evans (b. 1989, London, England; graduate of Durham University).
We also welcomed photographer Luis Alberto Rodriguez and set designer Afra Zamara. Supported by the Carla Fendi Foundation, they began working with the recently catalogued costumes archive of the Festival dei Due Mondi. Their project will reactivate the archive: capturing the flare and detail of the original designs whilst inventing new situations for the costumes, exploring relationships between performance, dress and expressions of identity.
Art historian Stephanie Wisowaty (Yale University) returned to continue her thesis research on late medieval double-sided painted processional crosses. She worked with Professor Bruno Toscano and is studying crosses held in collections in Spoleto, Montefalco and Perugia. Ceramicist and materials designer Carly Breame, who this summer joined our Materia program in partnership with the University of the Arts, Art for the Environment residency initiative, also returned to Spoleto. She continues researching locally sourced clay and developing glazes using waste materials.