Edition 2020

Aim of the contest


Art and act is an artistic contest, organised by CESIE, inspired by the beliefs and passions of Marie Marzloff (02/11/1980 -13/02/2018).

Marie Marzloff was the vice director of CESIE. She was responsible for managing human resources and international cooperation. She came to Palermo in 2004 as part of the European Voluntary Service scheme and immediately became one of the most active supporters and advocates of CESIE’s mission and work.

This contest sets to celebrate her interest in art, literature and interculturality - and devotion to the causes closest to her - gender equality, intercultural dialogue and international cooperation.

It aims at advancing the work that Marie has started so as to enable her beliefs and passions to endure.

By the means of this contest we seek to inspire others with Marie’s curiosity and her ability to grasp different ideas from diverse realities.

Whoever had the chance to work with Marie lived an enormously enriching learning experience, which allowed them to open up new horizons. She gave sound advice that squashed any doubts as she would help express hidden solutions and ideas.

Marie was the energy, the motor and the heart of CESIE.

Opening windows onto community

2020 has globally redefined our common lives as we have been forced to reconceive them both in terms of time and space, leading us to a profound reflection on the social changes which will follow. Windows have become our real and metaphorical vantage points from which we observe our world and the new scenarios awaiting our local and global communities.

As crisis exacerbates inequalities, new perspectives on dialogue and cooperation are emerging just when they seem more necessary than ever. We have learnt to observe the world from a distance, while we also got closer to ourselves by practicing a mindful introspection.  Living-without-others allows us to reflect on the sense of our community and challenges us to keep building and finding new identities and meanings.


207 Artworks

represented by
photography, painting,
digital art, collage,
illustration, mixed arts

34 Under 21

artworks has been presented
in the category Youth.
Countries of origin: Italy, India,
Nigeria, Réunion, South Africa,
UK and USA.

27 Countries

the artworks are coming from
27 countries covering 5
continents: Europe, Asia, South
America, Africa and Oceania

Jury members

Éléonore False

Éléonore False

Artist and art teacher.

Dora Djamila Mester

Dora Djamila Mester

Trainer and educator in the field of sexuality, gender, identity and interculturality.

Igor Scalisi Palminteri

Igor Scalisi Palminteri

Artist and educator.

Grazia Salierno

Grazia Salierno

Figurative artist. The winner of the Art and Act contest 2019 – Marie Marzloff Award.

Honorary members

Léa Marzloff and Giovanni Lo Biundo

President of the jury

Vito La Fata, President of CESIE

Awarded artworks

“One day, We began to spread the white foam on our entire body. The white color is a color for the margin. The white sea foam we spread on our body will protect us. We will become the white sea foam. We will be the one. We will be a courage for each other. We will be a light for each other. We will be an awakening spring. We will be a zero to be near the infinite”.

“In between a dimmed present and – hopefully – a transparent future, this artwork is an attempt to rethink a place of encounters and relationships: in an interplay of direct lights and reflections we shaped movements, borders and shadows hiding the most crystalline and authentic humanity.”

“In each of us there are measures where revive places that surround and overwhelm us. These are shapes, that change with the changing of the state of our soul, emotions and testify implacable correlations between our subjectivity and the world where we reflect and live in. An intimate space rich in multiple symbolic meanings that it’s a reflection of our psychic identity”.

“We used to travel the world, but now we travel to discover ourselves”

Catalogue of Artworks

Edition 2019