Jovana Popic’ winner of Codice MIA IV Edition

Jovana Popic’ stood out because of the clarity of her work, her creativity and lucidity with which she presented her ouvre. She is a multitalented artist with a wide vision which led her to win the Codice MIA 2016 Award. The jury belives she will become a leading force in the art and wish her success in pursuing her vocation.

Honorable mention to  Gabriele Corni

A powerfu and thought-provoking idea which was really beautifully and sensitively exected. And a new and original concept, which is always difficult to come up with.

Many congratulations from the jury of Codice MIA.



At its fourth edition CODICE MIA has become a landmark event for the mid-career artists who aspire to establish a connection with international experts of collecting. Following a rigorous selection, 45 photographers will have the privilege of meeting face to face collectors, art advisor and curators of corporate and institutional collections from around the world.

The meetings have the typical form of a portfolio review, but innovative and unique is the choice of interlocutors. The reviewers are experts of the fine-art photography market, those who decide for their own private collection or for corporate and museum collection.

Conceived and organised by Enrica Viganò, CODICE MIA project has had overwhelmingly positive reviews from both participating artists and reviewers. For collectors the chance to discover artists, acquire works, support projects and endorse photographers it is really exciting. And for the artists the opportunity to exchange ideas and information with major personalities in the photography market is definitely an advantage hard to get otherwise.

CODICE MIA will once again be presenting the formula that has proven so successful in the previous editions. The high profile of the reviewers invited will correspond to an equally high level among the participants: a limited number of photographers (45) – carefully selected by the scientific committee among the applications received – will show and describe their work to the experts.

The panel of specialists of CODICE MIA 2016 will consist of:

  • Pedro Barbosa, collector, Sao Paulo, BRASIL
  • Peter Coeln, collector, Wien, AUSTRIA
  • Elaine Goldman, collector, New York, USA
  • Jim Grover, collector, London, UK
  • Charles Jing, collector, Atlanta, USA
  • Annamaria and Antonio Maccaferri, collectors, Bologna, ITALY
  • Massimo Perazzo, collector, Milan, ITALY
  • Nissan Perez, art advisor and curator, Tel Aviv, ISRAEL
  • Beth Saunders, Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
  • Maria Sukkar, collector, London, UK

[Please note that the list of reviewers previously announced has undergone a change. In fact, due to sudden unexpected circumstances, Lisa Erf will not be in Milan during the days of CODICE MIA, Annamaria and Antonio Maccaferri, excellent collectors from Bologna, will substitute for her]

CODICE MIA will take place on Saturday 30th April 2016. Every participant will have the opportunity to submit their work to 4 of the prestigious trendsetters of the photographic market, in meetings lasting 20 minutes each.

MIA Photo Fair will also offer an interpreting service to facilitate, if necessary, communication with the foreign guests.

During the final phase of the event a prize will be awarded to the artist presenting the most interesting work, the jury – consisting of Enrica Viganò and all the reviewers – will select the artist that will show the most original style in the use of the photographic language. The winner will be granted a stand, free of charge, at the 2017 edition of MIA Photo Fair in Milan.

The CODICE MIA 2015 prize was awarded to Mauro Fiorese, who caught the eye of the jury with a series entitled Treasure Rooms, a survey in pictures disclosing the secrets inside the vaults of the great museum institutions. At MIA Photo Fair 2016, his pictures will be exhibited in a stand that is completely dedicated to his work.

Artists who are interested can request further information about registration procedures and fees and submit their applications by contacting Admira, event organizer for MIA Photo Fair, at the following address/e-mail:

Lucia Orsi – via Mercadante 3 – 20124 Milan – Tel. +39 02 6694278 /

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