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1st Prize

Mariangela Levita

Up is the title of the artwork that the artist Mariangela Levita conceived for the first edition of ALA Art Prize.
Thirty-four square canvases, a perfect shape already present in architecture, write the word UP on the wall opposite the monumental staircase of Teatro Mediterraneo.
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Scientific Committee

Lorenzo Benedetti

Chief Curator

Kunstmuseum, St Gallen

Lorenzo Benedetti is curator for contemporary art at the Kunstmuseum in SaintGall. He was director and exhibition curator at the De Appel arts centre until 2015.
He was also director of the De Vleeshal Art Centre, Middelburg in the Netherlands and curator of the Dutch Pavilion for the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013. He studied art history at La Sapienza University in Rome and, in 1999, attended the Curatorial Training Programme at the De Appel Foundation in Amsterdam. In 2005, he founded the Sound Art Museum in Rome, a space devoted to sound in the visual arts.
He was director of the VOLUME! art centre in Rome and exhibition curator at the Marta Herford Museum, Germany. He was also a visiting curator at the Kunsthalle in Mulhouse. His recent exhibitions include «During the Exhibition the Gallery Will Be Closed», Wiels, Brussels and «Sculptures Also Die», Palazzo Strozzi, Florence.

Eugenio Viola

Chief Curator

MAMBO Museo de Arte Moderna
de Bogotà, Bogotà

Eugenio Viola is Chief Curator at MAMBO – Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá. From 2017 to 2019 he was Senior Curator at PICA – The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts in Perth, Western Australia. From 2009 to 2016 he held various curatorial positions at MADRE Museum in Naples, where, since 2013, as Curator at Large, he has been involved in the development of the museum’s collection. Here he co-curated the first major institutional exhibitions in Italy of Boris Mikhailov and Francis Alÿs, a complex project conceived by Daniel Buren in two stages and the retrospectives dedicated to Vettor Pisani and Giulia Piscitelli.
Viola collaborated as guest curator for numerous Italian and international institutions, curating, among others, anthologies dedicated to Regina José Galindo (Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, 2016); Karol Radziszewski (CoCA – Center of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu, Torun, 2014); Mark Raidpere (EKKM – The Contemporary Art Museum of Tallinn, 2013); Marina Abramović (PAC – Milan, 2012); Francesco Jodice (MSU – The Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, 2011), ORLAN (MAMC – Musée d’art moderne et contemporain, Saint Etienne, 2007). In 2015 he curated the Estonian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale.

Alessia Volpe

Independent Curator


Alessia Volpe is an independent curator and researcher.
Art historian, specialised in the administration and management of contemporary artistic production, her research is focused on Sound Art practices and the issues related to their existence in the exhibition space.
As director of Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, from 2017 to 2020, she is responsible for the collection and organises exhibitions of Mark Dion, Jimmie Durham, Peter Bartoš, Henrik Håkansson, Wilfredo Prieto, Luca Gioacchino Di Bernardo, Jason Dodge, and Studio for Propositional Cinema. As director of T293 gallery, Naples, from 2011 to 2016, she is responsible for residencies, productions, archives, and in 2015 she is coordinator for the presentation of James Beckett for the Belgian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. In 2021 she is guest curator for the independent space TARSIA in Naples, project manager for the cultural association INCURVA in Trapani, and exhibition manager for the museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich. She lives and works in Naples.


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