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Locals win top prizes at Italy textile art contest

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese artists emerged as the biggest winners at an Italian textile art competition, grabbing the first and third prizes at the biennial contest, Taiwan's Ministry of Culture said Monday.

Chung Chiung-yi won the Valcellina Award first prize in the International Contemporary Textile/Fiber Art Competition “for the complexity of her installation, the contemporary spirit of her artistic expression, and originality of reference,” the jury said.

Chung's winning work “Face to Face but also Back to Back” features a row of fabrics hung between two chairs that face each other and has mirrors on them.

The third prize went to Chen Ying-ting “for the visual richness of her work, the merging of traditional and modern elements, and updating of her cultural roots,” the jury said.

Chen's work “12 Different Collars on the Skin” features 12 garments using different fabrics.

A Taiwanese, Cheng Wei jen, also received one of the four honorable mentions. All of the award winners were announced in mid-April.

This year's theme was “The Double -- Suggestive Cultural Complexity Between the Imaginary and Reality.”

It was the best showing by Taiwanese artists at the competition and showcased the strength of Taiwan's textile art, according to the Ministry of Culture.

A total of 23 artists from 14 countries were selected to enter the competition. Their works will be exhibited at Palazzo d'Attimis in Maniago until May 11.

Chung received a cash prize of 1,500 euros (US$2,069) and a scholarship for the Fine Arts Academy of Bologna, while Chen won 500 euros and a scholarship for the Koefia International Academy of Haute Couture and Art of Costume.

The competition, organized by Le Arti Tessili Association, is open to young artists under the age of 35 and aims to promote interest toward contemporary textile art.

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