Laura Jean Healey’s acclaimed artwork The Un(Holy) Trinity has won the YICCA International Art Prize, an annual contest which celebrates and promotes outstanding contemporary art.
Created for International Women’s Day 2020 and launched at that time on Sedition as a collection of three video pieces, the project “draws inspiration from three legendary ‘unnatural women’: Eve, Lilith and Salome - who through their supposedly unnatural acts of defiance, aggression, or desire for autonomy - have been demonised throughout history to serve as a warning as to how disruptive and destructive female sexuality can be if left unchecked.”
The (Un)Holy Trinity was among 16 artists shortlisted for the annual prize, which offers shortlisted artists the chance to exhibit their work and to join the international network of YICCA arts professionals. Winning artists receive an additional cash prize. Though unfortunately the 2021 exhibition (planned for February 2020 in Milan) was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the shortlisted and winning artists are celebrated online and will benefit from ongoing support as part of the YICCA network.
The artists shortlisted for the 2020/21 YICCA Prize were Amy Jackson (UK), Claudio Sapienza (IT), Cynthia Grow (US), Elkamel Mabrouk (TU), Enmai Jia (CN), Francesco Calistri Hirdilak (IT), Heriberto Gomes (Costa Rica), Hyeonwoo Tak (IT), Kasper Christiansen (DK), Laura Jean Healey (UK), Marco Corridoni (IT) Margaux Dolinar (FR), Mariana Villas-Boas (BR) Mirijam Heiler (IT) Sven Windszus (DE), Tiziana Abretti (IT) and Vincenzo Frattini (IT). The four prize-winning artists are Laura Jean Healey, Kasper Christiansen, Francesco Calistri Hirdilak and Sven Windszus.