With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling 
we shall not cease from exploration 
and the end of all our exploring
 will be to arrive where we started
 and know the place for the first time.

Corin Sworn

Corin Sworn was announced as the fifth winner of the prestigious Max Mara Art Prize for Women at a ceremony at the Italian Embassy on 23 January 2014.
She was chosen from a distinguished shortlist including Beatrice Gibson, Melanie Gilligan, Judith Goddard and Philomene Pirecki.

The winner

Corin Sworn, born in 1976, is a Glasgow based artist. Sworn’s film and installation works are often created through a mesh of fragmented references, suggested memories and oral histories.
The winner is awarded a six month Italian residency starting in March 2014 which is tailored to fit the artist and their winning proposal for the Prize. During the residency the artist will have the opportunity to realise an ambitious new project which will be presented in major solo exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery in London and Collezione Maramotti in Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2015

The artwork
Her winning proposal for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women draws from the rich history and elaborate costumes of the Commedia dell'Arte, reviving the improvised theatrical comedies performed by acting troupes who toured Italy from the 16th century onwards. The new work will also reflect her continued interest in exploring the stories around migration.
Sworn’s bespoke residency is divided between three of Italy’s greatest cities, Rome, Naples and Venice. In Rome, she will spend three months immersing herself in the diverse art scene and cultural history of the city whilst researching the project and looking at the relationship between the Commedia dell'Arte and Italian cinema. The next phase of the residency will be coordinated by the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina Napoli (MADRe), located in a stunning palazzo in the centre of Naples, city where the Commedia dell'Arte flourished through forms of street and popular theatre in the past. Her experience will end in the libraries and archives of Venice, at Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, founded in 1898 and home to of one of the oldest artist residency programmes in Europe.

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