The CollezioneTaurisano Acquisition Award

Art-o-rama is delighted to announce the third edition of BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS, the Acquisition Award established by CollezioneTaurisano (Naples, Italy) with the intention of supporting emerging artistic practices that present an insightful look into contemporary society.

In line with the commitment of CollezioneTaurisano towards art that ignites critical reflection on the dynamics of domination of a post-capitalist society, BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS offers recognition to those artists whose practice provides a profound understanding of the time(s) we live in. While each artistic medium will be equally considered, the selection criteria will take into specific account the artist’s trajectory (primarily focusing on those practitioners who started exhibiting professionally within the last ten years).

According to this, a jury made up by collector Sveva Taurisano, will first shortlist the candidates and then announce the final recipient of the Acquisition Award at a ceremony to be held on the premises of Art-o-rama on September 2.

The name BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS has been conceived by transdisciplinary art collective Apparatus 22, and it refers to the Award as a ray of sun that nurtures young practices, while it claims for the construction of a more supportive environment for the arts. Its graphic incarnation was conceived by the collective in collaboration with graphic designer Otilia Fiastru.


Past editions’ winners :

(2022-ex aequo) Inès Di Folco, Constellation (2022), presented at the fair by Sissi Club (Marseille)


(2022-special mention and private acquisition) Hunter Foster, Court (2022) presented at the fair by Good Weather (Chicago)


(2021-ex aequo) Anna Dot, Giving A Space to Confusion (2017), presented at the fair by Bombon Projects (Barcelona)


(2021-ex aequo) Mary Hurrell, Blush Response (2020), presented on the Immaterial Salon by Nicoletti Contemporary (London)


Constellation, Inès di Folco


Inès Di Folco’s paintings are visions, populated by figures and icons, myths and memories, which repeat and respond to each other. Like “sadness hand in hand with reverie”, the paintings deal with themes of micro-history, archives and ancestors. Constellation is a cyclical image of time where reminiscences of faces and landscapes pierce the darkness. Arranged in a spiral as in the heart of a galaxy, they give rhythm to the work and open doors to worlds and stories. Inspired by João César Monteiro’s film Silvestre (1981), a dark, phantasmagorical parable in which a young woman cross-dresses to go to war and save her father, this painting tells an initiatory tale, in search of her inner strength.


Inès Di Folco

Born in 1993, Inès Di Folco lives and works in Paris. She graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris. Her work has been shown at the Anne de Villepoix gallery (Paris), La Corvée (Paris) and with Drawing a Blank (London), at the FRAC Lorraine (Metz), at the Salon ed Normandy (Paris) and at SISSI club (Marseille). She has published several artists’ books with Elena Valtcheva and the complicity of the publishing house Red Lebanese and co-created the groups Rose Mercie and Pira Pora. She will soon exhibit her work at MO.CO (Montpellier). She is represented by SISSI club since 2020.



BECAUSE OF MANY SUNS Prize by CollezioneTaurisano, Inès Di Folco, Sissi Club, Marseille, Art-o-rama 2022 © Margot Montigny

Sveva and Francesco Taurisano at Alessandro Albanese Gallery with works by Asher Liftin. © Valentina Vitali