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The competition is based on the archive considered as an artistic place through which you can give visibility and physicality to an old fact, a fiction or a narrative, that is able to underline some of the most important contemporary issues. In this case, the archive has to be considered as a classification and selection of your own or someone else’s material or passing documents that take up an aesthetic form and a theoretical value through the artistic or curatorial intervention.

How can an artistic or curatorial project practically put the past at an aesthetic and theoretical level and, therefore, create a story or a time montage aimed at telling and offering a different and not unique viewpoint on history? What is a document? What is the relationship between different traces?

The competition has to be considered as an invitation to analyse and propose the exposition possibility of the different collected materials rather than a creation of archives. In this way, the archive is a metaphor of the exposition in general. When an archive is shown, the choice behind the collection and selection of the materials – as well as the will to offer a focus – tackles the recombination possibilities at the visitor’s disposal when he/she observes the material. Therefore, this recombination of possibilities leads necessarily to a continuous de-archiviation and rearchivation executed by the visitor. Starting from the recombination experiments by Nanni Balestrini, the ideas defined by Umberto Eco in the “Opera Aperta” (Open work) up to the exhibition Disobedience Archive cured by Marco Scotini or to the artistic interventions by Meschac Gaba, Eyal Sivan or Antoni Muntadas, the competition invites participants to offer a project idea that deals with current issues by using the material of the recent past (that is often not unique).


Students are asked to present a proposal – an exhibition, a material montage, an artistic project in form of collage or merzbau – that, by using the support as an archive, becomes a way to tell, historicise, and describe some of the issues of the current socio-political context. The proposal has to be developed starting from the experience and the work style of the candidate so that the structure and the proposed intervention will highlight his/her specific creative, artistic and curatorial skills.




The best projects will be awarded one of the 25 scholarships covering up to 50% of the tuition fees to attend the first year of the selected Master of Arts or Academic Master Programme starting in October 2021.

Prizes will be calculated on the standard tuition fee amounting to:

  • €18.200 for EU and non-EU passport holders (Regional Tax for Academic Studies and Graduation Thesis Fee are not included) for one of the NABA Master of Arts Programmes;
  • €15.000 for EU passport holders (Graduation Thesis Fee is not included) for one of the NABA Academic Master Programmes;
  • €19.000 for non-EU passport holders (Graduation Thesis Fee is not included) for one of the NABA Academic Master Programmes.


  • April 16th, 2021 – Deadline for submitting complete application documents and competition project.


All interested students can submit their application by presenting their project according to each brief’s deliverables, filling in the Application Form (downloadable at the link https://bit.ly/3aCpX2S) and uploading the complete digital documentation.

Otherwise materials can be sent by e-mail to: int.info@naba.it

After submitting their applications, candidates will receive a confirmation e-mail within 48 hours. If candidates do not receive a confirmation, they should write to: int.info@naba.it
The deadline for sending applications is April 16th, 2021.

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