Talents Sati in a few figures:
- 7th edition
- 120 m² of exhibition space
- The work is exhibited for 9 months (June 2021)
- 30,000 vehicles passing by every day
- Pre-selection jury: on June 12, the Sati Talents jury met by videoconference to study the 45 projects. Three projects were pre-selected by the jury as well as the project tutored by the invited school (HSLU Lucerne) which has the chance to be directly qualified for the final.
- Final Jury: on August 25th, the 4 finalists were invited to pitch their project themselves in front of the final jury.
- E-inauguration: on October 9 from 12:00 to 12:45 the work was unveiled to the public in the form of a Live on the Facebook page of the Cafés Sati in the presence of the artists and the jury.
The three projects are rewarded but only one winning project is selected and sees its work produced with a 4000€ endowment.
Elie is studying at the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin in Strasbourg.
Time is placed at the center of their reflection. The duo wanted to capture the present moment and slow down this temporal notion in a world in constant motion. “Situ Sati is a counterpoint in a world with a frenetic lifestyle.“
Focus on the pinhole camera technique, ancestor of the camera
To realize Situ Sati, the artists used the pinhole method. The pinhole camera comes in the form of a box with an opening on one side to let the light in. On the opposite side is a photosensitive medium that will capture the image in reverse. In short, the pinhole works like our eye: the captured image is reversed of the external reality.
This technique is much longer and more complex than the digital one. Depending on the size of the camera and the opening, the printing time of the photosensitive surface can be in seconds or even hours.
“From placing the paper in the box to the final development, each photo takes three hours to complete. So there is no room for error. We work by trial and error with vague calculations that don’t always turn out to be good. It is often necessary to improvise on the spot and to wait for the return to the apartment, transformed into a darkroom, to discover the image and to adapt according to the exposure time, exposure etc..”
To this architectural image, Maéva and Elie wanted to bring sensitivity with a human dimension. This is why they have staged themselves without being recognizable. “These anonymous figures allow everyone to identify themselves and give the image a part of mystery.“
A few words from Nicolas Schulé, President of Cafés Sati
“A unique project to my knowledge, Sati is once again a pioneer in innovating with a competition that supports artistic patronage dedicated to young artists.
Supporting artistic creation should not remain the preserve of the big multinational foundations. We have designed a truly professional competition for students and young graduates from prestigious European art schools.
The success of Talents Sati can be measured by the growing enthusiasm of the art schools that join the competition and by the quality of the jury of experts who agree to sit to decide between the students each year.
The grail? The winners who manage to use Talents Sati to boost their careers.“
A second life for the works
Since 2019, Café Sati has decided to upgrade the previous works in order to give them a second life. It is in partnership with the Strasbourg-based association Libre Objet that the old paintings are recovered to make tote bags.
Birth of Talents Sati
Talents Sati was born in 2013 with the desire to develop an innovative concept linking Art, Industry and the City. For almost 20 years, the façade of the roasting plant was covered with a painted advertising fresco. Over the years, this was no longer consistent with the company’s values and a need to change it became apparent. The idea then came to offer this new space of expression to young, up-and-coming artists.