Cally Spooner is the winner of illy Present Future Prize

Cally Spooner wins the 2017 edition of the illy Present Future Prize, supported since 2001 by illycaffè and assigned to the most interesting artist in Present Future, Artissima’s section dedicated to emerging talents.

Cally Spooner has been presented by GB Agency and ZERO…

The prize was awarded by Carlo Bach, artistic director illicaffè, Ilaria Bonacossa, director Artissima and the jury composed of Mary Ceruti, executive director and curator of SculptureCenter in New York, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, director of Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea and GAM Torino, and Luigi Fassi, curator of visual arts of the Steirischer Herbst festival in Graz and coordinator of Present Future for seven years.

The committee chose the artist for the following reasons:

“Cally Spooner’s performative and mixed media work explores the choreography of invisible violence in the digital age. Through her art, we understand how subjectivity and its bodies change as they are shaped by the technological condition.”


The Prize was started in 2012 and since then has offered winners the exceptional opportunity to have a solo show in a contemporary art institution in Torino to coincide with the successive edition of Artissima.