The Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 Countdown: 15 Days to Go – Artists’ Film

The Aesthetica Art Prize celebrates contemporary projects in a wide variety of mediums, from drawing, painting and photography to sculpture, installation, video and performance. Now half-way through our countdown to the Art Prize call for entries deadline, we take time to reflect on longlisted artist Lorenza Ippolito and her experimental film Seed to Seed.

Seed to Seed is a 20 minute film that uses seeds as a metaphor to analyse the links between biodiversity (the seed) and cultural diversity (themes of identity and belonging) and what happens when globalisation impacts upon them. The film situates the idea of belonging as a complex mechanism that is intimately tied to the basic human need for food, as well as the need to be nourished physically and spiritually. Featuring a travel documentary from India; images from Kew Gardens’ Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst in West Sussex; and footage from workshops held in Brighton, the film is part of a larger body of work supported by Arts Council England.

Lorenza Ippolito’s piece appeared in the Aesthetica Art Prize 2015 exhibition and can be found in the current publication Future Now. The annual award is open for entries until 31 August. Prizes include up to £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, editorial in Aesthetica, art books courtesy of Prestel, and art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton.

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1. Lorenza Ippolito, Seed to Seed, 2014. Courtesy of the artist.