The Swiss Emerging Artist Prize 2020 is awarded to Lorenza Longhi

Societe Generale Private Banking Switzerland (SGPBS) is pleased to announce Lorenza Longhi as the winner of the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize 2020, the contemporary art prize rewarding the work of young local artists.

The jury, composed of Daniel Baumann, Andrea Bellini, Suzanne Cotter, Aurélie Deplus and Fanni Fetzer, awarded the title of winner of the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize 2020 to Lorenza Longhi. This prize grants a sum of CHF 20'000.

"We were particularly impressed by the rigor and clarity of her artistic practice, the complex cultural referencing, as well as her unique approach to space and architecture. Lorenza Longhi displays an originality and maturity of practice that we believe holds very exciting promise for the future" said the jury members.
Through her painting and installation practice, Lorenza Longhi explores the codes of our social environment. She overturns the norms of our consumerist society by using lost and found materials and handmade techniques to recreate the settings and advertisements that shape our daily lives.

"This prize is an invaluable opportunity to broaden my artistic practice, to realize new projects and to finalize projects that could not be completed until now. The Swiss Emerging Artist Prize will also allow me to explore new questions and solutions that are essential to me. Thank you to Societe Generale Private Banking Switzerland for its support and trust” said the artist following the announcement.

"I am very happy to see Lorenza Longhi named winner of the second edition of the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize. The purpose of this prize is to support the work of young talents who take a fresh look at the world and to help them realize their future projects. We are very happy to be able to accompany this young artist in her coming installations. I am looking forward to seeing the talents that the third edition of the prize will reveal" commented Franck Bonin, CEO of SGPBS.

This prize, awarded every 2 years, reflects Societe Generale Private Banking Switzerland's desire to make a long-term commitment to the local contemporary art scene. Created in 2018, the Swiss Emerging Artist Prize is intended to support and give visibility to the work of local emerging talents, up to 35 years of age, who demonstrate a coherent and original artistic approach in one or more of the following fields: painting, photography, sculpture, installation, drawing and video. Along with classical music, contemporary art is one of the two pillars of the Societe Generale group's cultural patronage policy.

SGPBS warmly thanks the fifteen talented artists who participated in this second edition of the Prize: Markus Aebersold and Chris Handberg, Mohamed Almusibli (finalist), Fragmentin, Nelly Haliti, Bernhard Hegglin, Miriam Laura Leonardi, Vanessa Lorenzo Toquero, Lorenza Longhi (winner), Lisa Lurati (finalist), Marie Matusz, Jessy Razafimandimby, Maya Rochat, Emanuel Rossetti (finalist), Mia Sanchez and Axelle Stiefel (finalist).