Run for Art exhibition kicks off at the International Mugham Center in Baku
The 5th edition of the Run for Art exhibition has kicked off at the International Mugham Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, where it will run from 6-16 April. Run for Art combines art and sport through an international contest for young photographers under the age of 35. The contest was conceived by the Italian Giulio Onesti Foundation and this year will feature the participation of over 100 photographers from 37 countries.
The 5th edition of the exhibition was curated by Italy’s first Olympic medallist in swimming, Novella Calligaris, who is a member of the Executive Board of the Onesti Foundation. The exhibition was organised in partnership with the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan on its 30th anniversary and to mark three decades since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Italy and Azerbaijan.
Forty photographs under the theme of The five new Olympic sports: The contemporary challenge to ability and disability are on display as part of the exhibition. The photographs focus on the evolving concept of sport for young generations, as well as on the introduction of new sports at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 (baseball and softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing, surfing) and their growing popularity amongst parasport athletes.
In parallel to competitive sport, there ultimately had to be winners from the hundreds of talented photographers who entered. Only 40 photographers were selected as finalists for the competition, with the winners selected by a jury that was chaired by Ivo Ferriani (IOC Executive Member, President of the IBSF, AIOWF, and GAISF). The jury included leading individuals from all relevant fields, such as art, sport, media, and business.
The winners of the 5th edition were:
- Tetsu Chih-Ching Lee (Taipei) whose picture tells the importance of softball in his country
- Gökhan Taner (Turkey), who showcases the Japanese karateka Hikaru Ohno at the start her performance
- Max Dunlap (United States), who photographs Aaron Fotheringham, the most accomplished and renowned athlete in WCMX, an adapted version of skateboarding, at Venice Beach during an event organised by the Life Rolls On Foundation
- Julia Cassou (France), who captures a dramatic shot of a climber scaling a waterfall
- Rhys Bates (Australia), who takes us inside the barrel on a tropical island in the Maldives together with surfer Nikolas Plytas
The exhibition was opened in the presence of Mrs Claudia Giordani, a member of the Executive Board of the Giulio Onesti Foundation and Vice-President of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI), Mr Claudio Taffuri, Ambassador of Italy to Baku, Mr Chingiz Husseynzada, Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and Mr Anar Karimov, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The contest and the exhibition are supported by IOC Olympic Solidarity and the Istituto per il Credito Sportivo (ICS), which is a founding member of the Giulio Onesti Foundation. A digital version of the exhibition, enriched with critical texts and classical music, directed by Lorenzo Porzio, orchestra director and Olympic bronze medalist in rowing, is available at runforart.com.
1st classified Baseball and softball, Tetsu Chih-Ching Lee (Taipei), “Sports equality”
1st classified Karate, Gökhan Taner (Turkey), “Start with Oss”
1st classified Skateboarding, Max Dunlap for Life Rolls On Foundation (United States), “Adaptive sports at Venice Beach Skate Park”
1st classified Sport climbing, Julia Cassou (France), “Meconi”
1st classified Surfing, Rhys Bates (Australia), “Nikolas Plytas inside the barrel”
About the Giulio Onesti Foundation
The Giulio Onesti Foundation – Italian National Olympic Academy is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the promotion of the culture and values of sport, with its activities primarily addressing younger generations. The Foundation is named after Giulio Onesti, former President of the Italian National Olympic Committee (1946-1978) and a key figure in sports history, both nationally and internationally.
The 2022 Run For Art Jury
The jury includes: Azer Aliyev (Secretary General of the National Olympic Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan), Mariia Bulatova (Vice-President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine and member of the IOC Culture and Olympic Heritage Commission), Luciano Di Blasio (Junior Officer at Mission of Canada to the European Union), Pia Johnson (Lecturer and Program Manager of the Master of Photography at RMIT University Australia, photographer, and visual artist), Rafael Maranhao (Public Relations Senior Manager at IPC – International Paralympic Committee), Gianni Merlo (President of AIPS – International Sports Press Association), Gordwin Odhiambo (photojournalist and documentary photographer), Priscilla Rattazzi (world-famous photographer) and Conrad Yu (Photo manager of Sportsoho Magazine Hong Kong and sports photographer).
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