The Fiorucci Art Trust in partnership with the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam awards the 2013 Fellowship to Zhana Ivanova
The jury of the Fiorucci Art Trust Fellowship has awarded the 2013 Fellowship to the performance artist Zhana Ivanova, who is currently resident at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.
The Fellowship supports the residency programme, providing an emerging artist with the financial support to develop their talent and gain exposure at an international level. Director of the Trust, Milovan Farronato, made his selection of Rijksakademie artists and the final decision was left to this year’s jury consisting of Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Lucy McKenzie, Polly Staple and Mark Nash. This is the second consecutive year that The Trust has supported the Rijksakademie residency programme.
The Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (est. 1870) aims to develop top talent in the international visual art world and promote the position and exchange of art and artists in today’s society. The relationship between the Fiorucci Art Trust and Rijksakademie, Amsterdam began in 2012 when after visiting the open studio event RijksakademieOPEN, Nicoletta Fiorucci, founder of the Trust, was impressed by the energy and originality of the artists. The spirit of collaboration she found at the Rijksakademie was very much in keeping with the ethos of the Fiorucci Art Trust which, supports inter-disciplinary creative projects. As a result four Rijksakademie residents will be participating in this year’s Volcano Extravaganza, an annual event hosted and devised by the Fiorucci Art Trust on the island of Stromboli. The Trust has selected Jason Gomez, Bea McMahon, Em’Kal Eyongapa and Zhana Ivanova to participate in a stimulating programme of events and to share their experiences with other participating artists and guests.
The Fiorucci Art Trust was founded by Nicoletta Fiorucci in 2010 to promote contemporary art in both conventional and unconventional ways. Nicoletta Fiorucci explained: ‘I had been a collector of art and design for many years, when I began to realise I needed something more. I understood that my role had to evolve to collect emotional and intellectual experiences.’ The Trust works across diverse platforms and disciplines to provide collaborative support for artist projects as well as publishing and exhibitions. The Fiorucci Art Trust also supports institutions in London such as Chisenhale Gallery, Studio Voltaire and Serpentine Gallery.