The Premio brings emerging Italian artists to New York for a 6-month residency at the ISCP (International Studio and Curatorial Program) in Brooklyn, with the support of the Academy, the Italian Cultural Institute in New York, and—in Italy—the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Ministry of Culture.
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Premio New York Artists
Sven Sachsalber's autobiographic work mostly takes the shape of photos or videos, in which the performative and the sculptural play a key element. Often funny, often serious and sometimes both, his works have a universal poetic element that does not need much explanation
Sven Sachsalber (born 1987 in Silandro) studied sculpture at the Royal College of Art from 2010 to 2012. Since 2009 he has lived in London. Sachsalber is Co-Founder of Winterprojects in London together with Mathis Gasser. His work was recently shown at Galerie Rianne Groen, Rotterdam; Dienstgebäude, Zürich and Limoncello Gallery, London. In 2014, Sachsalber will present a solo exhibition at the Museion Project Room, Bolzano.
Sissi was born in 1977 in Bologna. She graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti and her work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in Italy and Holland. In 2001 she contributed a performance work at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami. In 2002 she won the Querini Stampalia Award “Furla per l'Arte”. In 2004, her solo show Nidi was exhibited at the the Museo d'Arte Contemporanea in Rome. Central to Sissi's work are manual ability and the body; sculptural elements, including wool, rattan, scoubidu, are fundamental to her performances and become environments for her body, like a butterfly's cocoon.
Silvia Vendramel’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Italy, Spain, France, and Germany.
Born in Grottaglie (Taranto) in 1972, Ciraci lives and works in Milan.
She took part in the experience of Via Fiuggi, a program in which a group of young artists with a common background live and work together for a number of years. Many contemporary Italian artists come from Via Fiuggi. Ciraci presented her work entitled “Dimensional Jump” in April 2004 at the Italian Academy.
Sara Rossi, native of Milan, works with film/video, photography and installations.
In 1997, she had her first solo show at the Le Case d'Arte Gallery, Milan, where she continues to show. In 2001, she had two solo shows: Antonella Nicola Gallery in Turin and Zero Gallery in Piacenza. Zero also sponsored her monographic catalogue, Sara Rossi, Maia-Mab.
Since 1996, she has participated in many group shows held in private galleries, public spaces, and museums in Italy and abroad. Her select group shows are: Full contact, Montevergini Gallery of Contemporary Art, Siracusa 2002; Quattro Venti, Manciano (GR) 2002, De Gustibus, Palazzo delle Papesse 2002, Siena; Boom-Espresso, Ex Manifattura Tabacchi, Firenze 2001; Magic and Loss:Pandaemonium, The Lux Centre, London, GB 2001; Tempo, Passagen-Linkoping Konsthall, Linkoping, S 2000; O sole mio, Gallery W139, Amsterdam, NL 2000; MoltepliCitta', Adriano Olivetti Fondation, Rome 1999; Nonlateral Hypothesis, Gallery 16, San Francisco, USA 1999.
Sara's work has shown in museum collections including:
Senza Titolo, Manifesto 6 mt x 2 mt, ManifesTO, GAM, Torino 2002;
Elck (Ognuno) video 7Õ:15Ó 2002; In the light house, GAM, Torino 2002;
Passi, video installation, 1998: Nuove acquisizioni, Palazzo Forti, Verona 2001;
Polvere, ceramic sculpture, 2000: Atlantide, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena 2000;
Sara's upcoming shows are:
Magic, VTO, London 2002; exIT, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Fondation, Turin 2002.
Sara Enrico’s work examines the concept of “weaving” in the material and figurative planes, and as a conceptual process, such as the weaving together of several languages. Using manual and digital processes and the basic materials of painting with industrial and textile materials, she investigates the potentialities of a surface in relation with its own body and context. Shapes that seem to assume postures and certain anthropomorphic traits, as in à terre, en l’air (Tile project space, Milan, 2017), Ghost tracks (Fondazione 107, Turin, 2015) and No music was playing (Les Instants Chavirés, Montreuil, Paris, 2014), or in the new body of works, The Jumpsuit Theme, recently became part of the permanent collection of PAV Parco Arte Vivente, Torino (2017).
Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions including: Deposito d’Arte Italiana Presente, Artissima, Turin 2017; An Entertainment in Conversation and Verse, Galleria Tiziana di Caro, Naples 2017; Biennale Internazionale Arte in Memoria, Sinagoga, Parco Archeologico di Ostia Antica, Ostia (Rome) 2017; Mirroring, Fonderia Artistica Battaglia, Milan, 2016; 60° Premio Termoli, In Cantiere, MACTE Termoli, 2016; Supernova, MAG, Riva del Garda, 2015; Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, 2014; Galleria d'arte moderna e contemporanea, Turin, 2013; Peep Hole, Milan, 2013.
Enrico (born in Biella, 1979; lives in Turin) studied at Accademia di Belle Arti in Turin and in Florence at the Istituto Spinelli for a specialization in restoration of ancient paintings and frescoes. In 2013, she attended the Advanced Course in Visual Arts with Matt Mullican at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como. She has had residencies at Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’arte in Poirino with Jason Dodge and Raimundas Malasauskas (2015), and, earlier, at VIR-viafarini in residence in Milan (2012). In 2017 she was visiting professor for Polito Design Workshop at the Politecnico di Torino.
Enrico is the co-founder of Laboratorio del Dubbio, a cross-disciplinary project composed in 2016 as short-term residency for artists, researchers and writers in Turin. She was a member of Progetto Diogene, a group based in Turin where she ran an international grant program, talks, and workshops on the idea of self-education (from 2008 to 2012).
Salvatore Arancio’s main interest lies in the potential of images. Departing from their literal meaning, he creates new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting. Working across a range of media such as photo-etchings, collage, animation and video, he looks to nature and science for his sources of inspiration, while unsettling any hint of the sublime by re-framing the images and the viewer’s experience. His constructed landscapes contain a sense of both the familiar and the unknown that enhances their symbolic readings and implications.
His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including “I giovani che visitano le nostre rovine non vi vedono che uno stile,” at GAM, Turin, (2009), Prague Biennale 4, Karlin Hall, Prague (2009), Nul, Foxy Production, New York (2008) No Room For the Groom: An Exhibition with Douglas Sirk, Herald St, London (2007) among others. During his stay in New York Arancio will focus his research on the study of the archives related to the New York World's Fair of 1939 and its machine-age Utopian visions, combining them with the rigorous aesthetic of Berenice Abbott' s scientific “Super Sight” photographs which are part of the Photography Collection of The New York Public Library's Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs.
Painting, Drawing & Video, Sculpture
Ruth Beraha (Milan, 1986). Beraha’s research investigates elements that can commonly be labeled, evil, strange, or unknown, focusing on the disruption of the certainties on which we base our experience of the world. With immersive audios, sculptures, installations, drawings and photographs, her work makes the viewer consider the Adversary no longer as a distant and incomprehensible entity, but as a constitutive part of our identity.
Her most recent shows include: My Blueberry Night II, curated by Antonio Grulli, Piazza del Duomo, Bergamo (2019); Dad Jokes, Ncontemporary gallery, Milan (2019); Non sarai mai solo, solo show curated by Paola Tognon, Museo della Città, Livorno (2019); MONO 2, solo show curated by Gabriele Tosi and Fabio Farnè, LocaleDue, Bologna (2018); Arte in memoria 10, Biennial of Contemporary Art, Ostia Antica archeological site, Rome (2018); That’s it, curated by Lorenzo Balbi, MAMbo, Bologna (2018); Pensiero stupendo (self-portrait), solo show curated by Stefano Coletto, Museo Ca’ Rezzonico, Venice (2018); Take Me (I’m Yours), curated by Christian Boltanski, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Chiara Parisi, Roberta Tenconi, Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan (2017).
Rossella Biscotti uses the documentary aesthetic to explore the relationship between historical, real and fictional time through video and installation. Her videos have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Italy and Europe including TENT (Rotterdam), American Academy in Rome (Rome), Galeria Paolo Boselli (Brussels), GAM Castel San Pietro Terme (Bologna), Viafarini (Milan), Smart Project Space (Amsterdam), Prodajna Galerija (Belgrade), Trevi Flash Art Museum (Trevi), Fondazione Olivetti (Rome).
2004-2005: Film & Video
Rä di Martino was born in Rome in 1975 and has been living and working in London since 1997 where she graduated with an MFA from the Slade School of Art.
In October 2003 she opened her first solo exhibition at Monitor Gallery in Rome. Rä has also participated and exhibited works at various group exhibitions in Bologna, Prague, Chicago, London, Berlin, and Barcelona. Her 2002 film 'NOT360' was winner of the 2nd video art award of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Trento and Galleria Civica di Rovereto, and her 2001 film 'between' was shortlisted and exhibited at the 2002 Beck's Student Film Award at the ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) in London.
Pietro Ruffo was born in 1978 in Rome and later studied architecture there.
His paintings, drawings and sculptural installations reflect his intense social and moral concerns. His work uses large "maps" tracing the cultural and military influence of the world's imperial powers. Technical drawing and geographical maps are elaborated further through freehand drawing; his installations embrace both highly technical materials and an intensely manual practice.
The themes of colonialism and the desire for liberty led him to develop a project over the past year that addresses Isaiah Berlin, the Oxford University professor considered one of the 20th century's strongest exponents of liberalism. Ruffo's current project is titled "The rise of liberal thought in the U.S.A."
He has exhibited at M.A.D. (the Museum of Arts and Design) in New York; TEA (Tenerife Espacio de las Artes); Kunstverein Langenhagen, Germany; MAXXI (the National Museum of XXI Century Arts), Rome; MACRO (Museo d'Arte Contemporanea, Roma); MAR (Museo d'Arte della città di Ravenna); and the Centro Arti Visive Pescheria, Pesaro, Italy.
In 2005 he travelled to Beslan, Russia, to work with children who survived the massacre at their local school by Chechen rebels. Ruffo has also worked on other public projects, including a sculptural proposal for Ground Zero, a special project in the psychiatric hospital in Colmar, France, and various art workshops with disadvantaged children.
Paolo Chiasera was born in 1978, in Bologna, Italy. He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Bologna and at Kunsthochschule Weissensee in Berlin from 1997 to 2002. He currently lives and works in Florence.
Chiasera has had group shows in several major venues including: S.M.A.K. Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent (Belgium), MARTa, Herford (Germany), Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, and GAM Galleria Civica D'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin. His works were also included in the first Moscow Biennal and in the first T1-Torino Triennale Tremusei. He has been affiliated with the Massimo Minini gallery in Brescia since 2003.
Nico Vascellari was born in Vittorio Veneto in 1976. He left the university to focus on his singing for With Love, a punk/noise band with which he has produced several albums and toured throughout Europe, USA and Japan. The intensity of performance is one of the starting points of Vascellari's artistic research. His work includes the use of media such as sculpture, photography, video and installation. His performances were recently defined as “storms of feedback between the performer, the audience and the space”. (Andrea Lissoni on “Tema Celeste”). Vascellari was awarded the First International Prize for Performance for his project “Nico & The Vascellari” by a committee headed by Marina Abramovic, who invited him to join her group, IPG.
Born in Bergamo (Italy) in 1977, Meris Angioletti lives and works in Milan and Paris. She graduated in Fine Arts from the Academy of Brera in Milan and has participated in numerous workshops including (Idea Bank/ the Energy Clothes at the FAR in Como and Modelmania, with Olafur Elisson in Venice).
Recent solo shows in 2009 include I describe the way and meanwhile I am proceeding along it, Fondazione Galleria Civica di Trento (upcoming); Ginnastica Oculare, GAMeC, Bergamo; Il Paradigma Indiziario, Care of, Milan; Haunted, Galleria Tiziana di Caro, Salerno (2008).
Selected group shows include The Filmic Conventions, FormContent, London; Just in the Dark, Mercati di Traiano, Rome; T2-Le 50 Lune di Saturno, Turin; VideoReport Italia 2006-2007, GC.AC Monfalcone; Echo, Transpalette, Bourges; Heavier then air, ITCA_Re-reading the future, Prague Triennial, Prague; Pavillon#7, Palais de Tokyo (mezzanine), Paris; Artetica-descrivere il resto, Porto Cesareo (LE); Art4Lux, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Guest Room, Straatgalerij-Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; M.M.M. Milano-Melbourne-Milano, Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, Melbourne.
In 2005 she was artist-in-residence at the Centre de Récollets – Dena Foundation in Paris. In 2006 she worked in Maastricht within the program MapXXL- Pèpinières Européennes pour jeunes artistes, where she realized, in collaboration with a psychiatric hospital, Travel Tales, a radio-play reconstructing the memories of a patient affected of Dromomania. She was artist-in-residence at Le Pavillon-Laboratoire de création du Palais de Tokyo, Paris for the edition 2007/2008 and short-listed for the prize The Spirit in any condition does not burn – 7. Premio Furla 2009
Among the pioneers of digital art, Matteo Basilé is an artist who uses avant-garde technology as an art of analysis in the process of self and social discovery. Basile currently lives and works in Rome, Italy.
Marta Dell'Angelo was born in 1970 in Pavia, Italy. In July 2000 her first personal exhibition was held at la Tartaruga di Plinio De Martiis Gallery. In 2002, she won (along with Sara Rossi, Matteo Basilè and Chiara) the first edition of Premio New York; in the same year she showed at Assab One, curated by Roberto Pinto and Laura Garbarino in Milano, at Solitudes at Michel Rein Gallery in Paris and at Le Case d'Arte di Pasquale Leccese Gallery in Milano, where she presented her work Classe III H.
Marinella Senatore is a film director and director of photography who also works with drawing, painting and installation. She holds a degree from Rome's Centre for Experimental Cinematography and teaches video and photography at the University of Castilla-La Mancha and the University Complutense of Madrid.
Her films, photographs and installations demonstrate her interest in the arrangement of light on the set. This interest has also inspired sculptural installations (Memeland, 2005) and photographic series (Places, 2005). In recent years, Senatore has been working with storytelling as a means to involve the public in the making of artworks. In such projects, which take the form of collaborative films (such as How do U kill the Chemist,2009; Manuale per Viaggiatori, 2007; Horizontes de Sucesos, 2007; and All the things I need, 2006) she uses music as a place of exchange, where the viewer becomes participant, and the hierarchy between the artist as author and the public as recipient can be questioned and rewritten.
In other pieces the public has been involved as producer of public projects, though a microcredit system that aims at creating an alternative and socially responsible economy for cultural production. The artist takes the role of facilitator, or mediator. Along the way, this collective dimension has gradually expanded to involve students, women's communities, business associations and groups of craftspeople in stage design, set building and technical aspects, touching the very core of production. With a contribution of one or two Euros each, her most recent videos were entirely produced by thousands of people (1,200 citizens of Madrid produced the musical Speak Easy in 2009), in a choral enthusiasm founded on effective micro-relationality.
Her work fosters the construction of an archive of shared narratives that create a sense of community. Her subjects and plots are narrative occasions for complex audiovisual machines where light plays its demiurgic role, music acts as emotional catalyst, and photography carries out its governing function between the poles of reality and fiction, between the truth of the streets and the phantasmagoria of invention.
Margherita Moscardini (born in Italy, 1981) investigates relationships among transformation processes in the urban, social and natural order. She often focuses on abandoned locations and areas undergoing demolition, whereby the demolitions’ waste systems become a paradigm of local complexities. Her work generally focuses on long-term projects in which the context itself becomes the medium.
Moscardini obtained a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna, and attended the Advanced Course in Visual Arts with Yona Friedman at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como.In the last few years she has developed projects in South Korea, Turkey, Bulgaria, France, and Italy. Her work has recently been exhibited at the Italian Institute of Culture in Istanbul; MACRO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome; ArtToday CCA in Plovdiv, Bulgaria; SongEun Art Space in Seoul, South Korea; Schauwerk Foundation in Stuttgart; Palazzo Reale in Milan; and the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation in Florence.
She is currently a guest at MMCA Changdong, National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul, South Korea, where she is working on her newest project.
Marcella Vanzo was born in 1973 in Milan, Italy, where she lives and works. After obtaining a degree in anthropology, she graduated from the Accademia di Brera in Milan. Her work focuses on video installations, performance and photography. Her selected group shows include: “Exit,” Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy, 2002; “Private Architectures,” Galleria Continua (S. Gimignano), 2003; “Assab One,” Milan, 2004; “Aperto per lavori in corso,” Pavilion for Contemporary Art in Milan, 2005; and “Ecce Uomo,” now showing at Spazio Oberdan, Milan. “Limbo,” her second solo show, is currently on at Studio Guenzani, Milan. She won the Emerging Artist Prize awarded by ACACIA (the Italian Association of Friends of Contemporary Art) in 2004. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Pavilion for Contemporary Art in Milan, of the Castello di Ama per l'arte contemporanea in Siena, Italy, and the ACACIA fund.
Ludovica Carbotta (Torino, 1982) lives and works in Maastricht (NL). Her practice focuses on the physical exploration of the urban space and how individuals establish connections with the environment they inhabit. In recent works, she has combined installation, texts, and performance to research fictional site-specificity, a form of site-oriented practice that considers imaginary places—or embodies real places with fictional contexts—recovering the role of imagination as a value to construct our knowledge.
Carbotta completed her MFA at Goldsmiths University in London (2015). Her work has been exhibited in numerous institutions including Kunstlerhaus Museum (Graz), MAXXI Museum (Rome), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Turin), Hangar Bicocca (Milan), Dublin Contemporary (Dublin), Matadero (Madrid), Swiss Institute (Rome), and Les Instants Chavirés (Paris). Recent solo exhibitions include Marta Cervera Gallery, Madrid (2017), ON Public - Monowe, Bologna (2016), A motorway is a very strong wind, Care Of, Milan (2014), Vitrine 270° - Without Walls, Galleria Arte Moderna, Turin (2013), and Greater Torino, Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation, Turin (2011).
She is the co-founder of Progetto Diogene, an International Residency Program in the public space (Turin: www.progettodiogene.eu) and The Institute of Things to Come, a research centre on futurological scenarios (www.theinstituteofthingstocome.com). She was awarded the Ariane de Rothschild Prize, Milan (2011), the Premio Gallarate (2016), an International Fellowship at Gasworks, London (2016), and the Special Mention at Premio ITALIA, MAXXI Museum, Rome (2016). She is currently a fellow researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, in Maastricht (2017-2018).
Luca Trevisani has exhibited throughout Italy, Europe, and New York. Recent solo shows include NIMKat Montevideo in Amsterdam; Identitiy is a Cloud at Museo Carlo Zauli, Faenza; The Truth is that Truth Changes, Pinksummer, Genova; and a show at MARS, Milan. He has also shown at Mehdi Chouakri and Kunstler Hous, Berlin; Klaua von Nichtssagend Gallery, NY; Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens; New Galerie de France, Paris; Ca’ Pesaro, Venice; and Castello Sforzesco, Milano. He has participated in screenings and festivals such as Cumulonembo + Volksbuhne, Lambretto, Milan, with Riccardo Previdi and Bahnhof; Tettonica a placche, Neon fdv, Milano with Stefano Mandracchia, Simone Tosca and Massimo Carozzi. He has had residencies at NIMK/Montevideo in Amsterdam (2009) and Kunstlerhus Bethanien, Berlin. In 2007 he won the Premio Furla prize for Art. In 2006 he was selected for the Premio Artegiovane Milano e Torino.
Photographer and videomaker, Linda Fregni Nagler was born in Stockholm on October 21,1976, and now lives and works in Milan, Italy. After earning a BFA in painting at the Academy of fine Arts of Brera, Milan, in 2000, she completed the advanced course in Visual Arts with Jimmie Durham at the Ratti Foundation, in Como in 2004. In 2006 she received a diploma in Cinematographic Photography at the Escuela International de Cine y Television (EICTV), in San Antonio de Los Baños, Cuba. She has exhibited her photographs and videos in solo shows at Viafarini Gallery in Milan (2003) and at Olivetti Foundation in Rome (2006). Beginning in 2003 she participated in “Progetto Casina”, an artistic project inside the womens section of the Prison of San Vittore, Milan, and in 2007 she exhibited the related photographic work in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper”.
Calori & Maillard (Letizia Calori and Violette Maillard) have worked as a duo since 2009. Their collaboration combines a background in architecture (Calori) and film studies (Maillard). In 2011 they obtained an MA in Visual Arts at IUAV, Venice. In 2012 they moved to Frankfurt where they deepened their research at the Staedelschule Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste.
In 2015 they collaborated with the Heinz and Gisela Friederichs Foundation for the project L'Oiseau de Feu, a ballet for tower cranes. In that same year they were selected for a workshop with Julie Mehretu at the Botin Foundation in Santander, Spain.
They have participated in several international shows, both in experimental spaces and institutions, such as MMK, Museum fur Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt), Villa Iris, Fundacion Botin (Santander), Mousonturm and Deutsche Filmmuseum (Frankfurt), Spreez (Munich), Osterreichische Skulpturenpark (Graz), MAC Lissone (Milan), MAXXI (Rome), Moderna Museet (Stockholm), and Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice).
Ivana Spinelli is an Italian artist who recently studied at the University of Luton (U.K.) after taking a degree from the Academy of Fine Art in Macerata, Italy. She contributed to The Washroom Projects in London, performing her work in a public space. Spinelli is a versatile artist who has created video installations, environments and performance in addition to painting and Web projects. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in London, Paris, Bologna, and Rome.
Giorgio Andreotta Calò (b. 1979 in Venice, Italy) studied sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Venice (1999-2005) and at the KHB KunstHochSchule, Berlin (2003-2004). In 2005 he received a diploma with Honours in Fine Art with a thesis on Gordon Matta-Clark. In 2001-2003 and 2007 he worked as assistant to Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Since 2008 he has lived and worked in Venice and Amsterdam where was a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam (2009-2011) . In 2011 his work was exhibited at the 54th Biennale of Venice curated by Bice Curiger. In 2012 he won the Premio Italia for contemporary art organized by the Museum MAXXI in Rome.
Gian Maria Tosatti’s projects are generally long-term investigations of specific topics related to the concept of identity, from the political to the spiritual. His first series of projects include Devozioni (2005-2011) which concerned archetypes of the modern era and comprised ten installations, all in buildings in Rome, and Landscapes (2006-current), a public art project focused on areas of urban conflict.
Among Tosatti’s current projects are Fondamenta (2011- current), based on the identification of contemporary archetypes and Le considerazioni (2009 - current) on the enigmas of personal memory and the traces that human beings leave behind them. From 2013-16 his research focused on Sette Stagioni dello Spirito, a work that has embodied the entire city of Naples.
In 2011 he curated RELOAD, a prototype of cultural urban intervention about the temporary use of uninhabited spaces. He is the founder of the project La Costruzione di una Cosmologia (www.unacosmologia.com).
Tosatti, a journalist and essayist, was editor in chief of the weekly cultural newspaper La Differenza and has written for several Italian newspapers and magazines. He is currently a columnist at the publication, Artribune on Opera Viva. He writes essays about art and politics.
His work has been exhibited at the Hessel Museum of CCS BARD (New York, 2014), the MADRE museum (Naples, 2016), the Lower Manhattan Community Council (New York, 2011), the Galleria Nazionale (Rome, 2017), American Academy in Rome (Rome, 2013), Museo Villa Croce (Genoa, 2012) Andrew Freedman Home (New York, 2012), Tenuta dello Scompiglio (Lucca, 2012), Palazzo delle Esposizioni (Roma, 2008), Chelsea Art Museum (New York, 2009), BJCEM (Ancona, 2014), Centrale Montemartini – Musei Capitolini (Rome, 2007), Wilfredo Lam Museum (Havana, 2015), Casa Testori (Milano, 2014), MAAM (Roma - permanent), Castel Sant’Elmo (Naples, permanent).
2004-2005: Painting, Drawing & Video
Gabriele Picco, a visual artist, received a degree in Italian Literature-Art History from Università Statale of Milan in 2000. In 1997 he was selected by the Viafarini space in Milan for a workshop with Jimmy Durham and by Fondazione Ratti in Como with Allan Kaprow. Gabriele has worked with different media: video (his short movies were selected by Univideo, Pescara in 1998, and Cortopotere, Bergamo in 2004), installations, painting and writing. His paintings have been in solo and group shows in Italy and elsewhere, in contemporary art galleries and public art spaces. In 2000 he won the Michetti Prize which was focused on the new wave of painting in Europe. In 2001 he was the only Italian painter selected at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo for Premio Guarene, focused on young international painting. He is also author of a novel, Aureole in cerca di santi, which was published in 2002 by Ponte alle Grazie. At the Italian Academy Gabriele will work on a new project related to the city of New York, called “100 Heavens” making use of both video and painting.
Francesco Arena draws inspiration for his work from Italian history, in particular the political and social issues that characterize recent events. Controversies, often times silenced for political reasons, gain new life through the synthetic and metaphorical forms of his sculptures.
Arena's solo exhibitions include Trittico 57, Project Room, Museion, Bolzano; Orizzonte con riduzione di Mare, Monitor, Rome (both in 2012); Com'è piccola Milan, Peep Hole, Milan (2011); Art Statement, Art Basel; Cratere, De Vleeshal, Middelburg (2010). He has participated in group exhibitions, including: The revolution must be made little by little |part 2: The Squaring of the Circle, Galeria Raquel Arnaud, Sao Paolo, Brasil (2012); Sotto la Strada la Spiaggia, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2012); Il bel paese dell'arte, GAMEC, Bergamo (2011); Pleure qui peut rit qui veut – Premio Furla 2011, Palazzo Pepoli, Bologna; Temporaneo – Contemporary Art in the Evolving City, organized by Nomas Foundation and IMF Foundation, Rome (2010);Practicing Memory – In the time of an all – engaging present, Fondazione Pistoletto, Biella (2010).
In 2011 Arena was shortlisted for the Premio Furla, Palazzo Pepoli, Bologna. In 2009 he won the Premio Fondazione Ermanno Casoli, Fabriano and Premio LUM for Contemporary Art, I Edition, LUM, Libera Università Mediterranea, Bari. He has been has been artist in residence at Villa Arson,Nice.
The artist was born in Torre Santa Susanna, Brindisi, in 1978. He currently lives and works in Cassano delle Murge, Bari.
Francesca Grilli was born in Bologna in 1978. Her work examines the realm of sound processing, in all its forms, registers and multiple implications, expressive and perceptive. Using the language of performance, she moves between private and personal elements and the spectators' space of action, drawing viewers into a boundless space of physical and emotional involvement, often an ambiguous and unsettling territory.
Her poetics, respectively articulated through video and performance, focus attention on the complexity of an intimate story and seek an action of maximum intensity, supported by the element of sound, which she considers the most effective means of communicating directly with the personal and collective unconscious. In recent years, she has worked extensively on language—its metaphors and evocations—particularly in The Conversation (performance, 2010). The search for a completely dematerialized degree of communication, straddling magic and ritual, is the backbone of many of her works, including Moth (2009).
1984. Lives and works between London and Istanbul.
Born in Turkey, Fatma Bucak studied Philosophy at Istanbul University and History of Art and Etching in Italy at the Albertina Academy of Fine Arts, before completing her MA in Photography at the Royal College of Art, London. Bucak's practices in performance, photography, sound, and video center on political identity, cultural and gender norms, and landscape as a space of historical renegotiation. Investigating the fragility, tension and irreversibility of history, the power of testimony and memory in her practice she often questions traditional forms of history-making.
Solo exhibitions include So as to find the strength to see, Merz Foundation, Torino and GAM - Galleria d'Arte Moderna Sant'Anna, Palermo, Italy; An obscure sentiment lurking at the edge of my conscious, Pi Artworks, Istanbul, Turkey, (2018); Damascus Rose, Harpe 45, Lausanne, Switzerland; Sticks and Stones, Pi Artworks London, UK (2017); And men turned their faces from there, Brown University David Winton Bell Gallery, USA; Suggested place for you to see it, Pori Art Museum, Finland (2016); Nothing is in its own place,Alberto Peola Gallery, Turin, Italy (2015); Over a line, darkly, Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, USA (2015); I must say a word about fear, Castello di Rivoli, Museum of Contemporary Art, Turin, Italy (2014); Yet an Other Story About the Fall, ARTER, Istanbul, Turkey (2013) and duo exhibitions include A Colossus on Clay Feet, The Italian Cultural Institute of New York (2019). Major group exhibitions and screenings include: Green Art Gallery, Dubai; Casa Victor Hugo, Havana (2018); GIBCA – Goteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art; Meeting Points 8: Both sides of the curtain – Mophradat, Beirut Art Center (2017); International Festival of Non- Fiction Film and Media, MoMA, New York, USA; Jewish Museum, NY, USA (2015); Art in General Screening Programme, NY (2014); Bloomberg New Contemporaries 13, ICA, London, Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2013) and 54th Venice Biennale - Tese di San Cristoforo, Italy (2011). Selected awards and art residencies include Premio New York – ISCP (2019); La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2017); Artpace San Antonio, Texas (2015); Townhouse International Art Residency, Cairo (2014); Illy Present Future Award, Italy (2013).
Portrait Credit: © N.Gokhan Yorganci
Eva and Franco Mattes, a.k.a. 0100101110101101.ORG, are a couple of restless Italian artists who use non-conventional communication tactics to obtain the largest visibility with the minimum effort. Born in 1976, they live between Barcelona, New York and Bologna, and work throughout the world. They have been pioneers in the net.art movement; remixing famous digital art pieces and performing Life Sharing: a real-time digital self portrait, during which they even submitted to satellite surveillance for an entire year.
In the last decade they have focused on creating unpredictable mass-scale performances staged outside art spaces, involving an unaware audience, where truth and falsehood mix to the point of being indistinguishable.
Among other wonderfully twisted things, they've erected fake architectural heritage signs, run media campaigns for non-existent action movies, and even convinced the entire populace of Vienna that Nike had purchased the city's historic Karlsplatz and was about to rename it “Nikeplatz.” Their controversial performances, which have often bordered on illegality, have been discussed in countless television shows, art magazines and newspapers, earning them the name the “Bonnie and Clyde of Contemporary Art.” Their works have been shown internationally at numerous institutions including: Collection Lambert, Avignon; Fondazione Pitti Discovery, Florence, Postmasters Gallery, New York; Lentos Museum of Modern Art, Linz; New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; ICC, Tokyo; Manifesta 4, Frankfurt.
In 2006 they won the Premio New York. In 2000 they received the Jerome Commission from the Walker Art Center. They are among the youngest artists ever to participate in the Venice Biennale.
The Mattes' works are part of several private and public collections such as the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; MEIAC, Spain; MAK, Vienna. They are artistic directors of the international cult-status festival “The Influencers.”
Born in Cremona, Italy, in 1974, Favini received his BFA at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts, where he studied with Alberto Garutti. The book which most exemplifies his artistic concerns is “The Third Landscape” by Gilles Clement, landscape architect and gardener. Favini has exhibited at Fuori Uso, Mercato Globale (Montesilvano 1997, Former Stellamare Colony), La Ville, la Memoire le Jardin (Rome 1998, Villa Medici), Rough End (Milan 2005, Alessandro de March Gallery), Il mio Papà (Rome 2006, Adriano Olivetti Foundation), and Ettore Favini (Milan, Alessandro de March Gallery).
Danilo Correale’s work analyzes aspects of human life, such as labor-leisure and sleep, through the lenses of time and the body.
His work has been presented in numerous group exhibitions, including the 16th Quadriennal of Rome at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Pigs, Artium Museum, Spain (2016), Ennesima, Trienniale Milano (2015), Kiev Biennial (2015), Museion, Bolzano (2015) Per-formare una collezione, Madre Museum Naples (2014), Steirischer herbst, Graz, (2013) Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2012), Manifesta 8 in Murcia/Cartagena (2010), Moscow Biennial, Moscow (2010), Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul (2009).
Recent solo shows include Tales of Exhaustion. La Loge, Brussels BE (2016) The Missing hour: Rhythms and Algorithms, Raucci/Santamaria, Naples (2015); The Warp and the Weft, Peep-Hole, Milan (2012); Pareto Optimality, Supportico Lopez, Berlin (2011); and Entrèe, Bergen (2011).
Correale is the founder of the Decelerationist Reader and a regular contributor to publications in the field of critical theory. He recently published The Game: A three sided football match, FeC, Fabriano (2014) and No More Sleep No More, Archive Books, Berlin, 2015.
Born in Naples in 1982, Correale lives and works in New York and Naples.
Chiara Fumai’s project examined the metaphysical representation of evil, inspired by the writings of psychoanalyst and Christian occultist Dion Fortune. Although unable to complete her residency, she began an artwork that used cosmic debris as a metaphor, in which the debris would speak, using words from “The Gospel of Diana,” an apocryphal late nineteenth-century publication about the revolt and superiority of nature over humanity.
Chiara Carocci, known in the art world as “Chiara,” is an Italian artist who works with photography and digital imaging. Her first solo show took place in the Mascherino Gallery in Rome, 1999. Since then, she has shown widely in Italy in group exhibitions in well known centers such as PAC in Milan and Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, among others. In 2001 her work was also shown in Santiago, Chile. Her latest solo show was in the Mascherino Gallery in 2002.
Antonio Rovaldi was born in Parma, Italy, in 1975. He lives in Milan, Italy, where he graduated from the NABA Academy of Fine Arts. He teaches the Master class for Art and Landscape Architecture, “Paesaggi straordinari,” at the Santa Giulia Academy of Fine Art in Brescia, Italy. Since 2000, Rovaldi has been primarily occupied with landscapes as they relate to physical and mental movement. The tools Rovaldi uses to represent landscapes: photography, video, sculpture, and drawing-are woven into new personal narratives. He has taken part in several solo and group show in Italy and abroad, including: “Notes from the City, Notes from the Land,” LeRoy Neiman Gallery, Columbia University School of the Arts, New York, 2006; “Marcamenti,” Museo dell'arredo contemporaneo of Ravenna, Italy, 2005; “Cari signori,” MONITOR, Rome, Italy, 2005; “Sopra il luogo,” Alessandro De March Gallery, Milan, 2004; “Videovillage,” Palazzo della Triennale, Milan, 2004; “Junge kunst aus italien,” Documenta Halle Kassel, Germany, 2000; “Homo luden” Video Italiano, Centro Cultural Parque de Espana, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2001; “Transart 2000,” Labin, Croatia, 2000; “Viasatellite,” First International Festival of Photography, Rome, 2002; “Art space 2000,” Silpakorn University, Bangkok, Thailand, 2000. Recently he published his first artist's book, titled “Marcamenti,” printed in Italy by “essegi,” with critical text by Emanuela De Cecco and Davide Ferri.
The work of Antonio Fiorentino (Barletta, Italy 1987) ranges from sculpture to installation and video. His research experiments with matter, altering its transformation processes and the passage of time. He is the recipient of the 2015 Talent Prize and the New York Prize, 2018.
His work has been exhibited at many national and international institutions, including: the Italian Cultural Institute of New York (2018), MUSAC Leon (2018), MUHNAC of Lisbon (2017), HANGAR Lisbon (2017), ISCP New York (2017), Swiss Institute of Rome (2017), The National Gallery of Rome (2016), HIAP Helsinki (2016), Kunst Meran (2015), Villa Arson Center of Contemporary Art Nice (2014), American Academy of Rome (2013), Contemporary Locus (2013), and the Sandretto Re Rebaudengo Foundation (2012).
Anna Franceschini (born in Pavia, 1979, lives and works in Brussels) studied in Milan where she received a MA in Media Studies and a post-graduate grant in History and Criticism of Italian Cinema at IULM University.
Her work has been presented and received awards in film festivals, including the 60th Locarno Film Festival (CH), TFF(Turin Film Festival (IT), and MFF(Milan Film Festival).
Solo exhibitions include Subjective projektionen: Anna Franceschini, Bielefelder Kunstverein (DE); Thea Ddjordjatze: quiet speech in wide circulation / Screening room: Anna Franceschini, Kiosk Gallery, Ghent (BE), HALATION, Objectif – Exhibition- Antwerp (BE). Upcoming solo shows will include The stuffed shirt, Peep Hole – Milan (IT) and St. Paul St Gallery, AUT, Auckland (NZ).
Her work has been shown in group exhibitions including A text is a thing, Vistamare, Benedetta Spalletti - Pescara (IT); The Eleventh Hour, Futura, Prague (CZ); Videoreport Italia 2008-09, GC.AC. - Monfalcone (IT) and The Flying carpets, Villa Medici, Rome (IT). In 2011 her work was awarded Honorable Mention at Ariane de Rothschild Prize – Milan. She is also the winner of Fondazione Casoli Prize 2012 - Fabriano (IT).
Franceschini has been a resident artist at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten - Amsterdam (NL) and VIR/Viafarini In Residence, Milan. Her work is in institutional and private collections including the Musée National d'Art Moderne Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, MACRO Museum in Rome, Dommering Collection in Amsterdam and the Nicoletta Fiorucci Collection in Rome.
Andrea Nacciarriti (born in Italy, 1976) studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna (1998-2003). In 2003, he wrote his thesis on “the dispersal of architectural language” and graduated with an honors degree in Fine Arts. In 2005, he attended the Advanced Course in Visual Arts with Alfredo Jaar at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti in Como. Andrea has attended residency programs in China, Finland, and Morocco. In 2010 he won the Terna Prize 03. Naciarriti’s work is in institutional and private collections including La Maison Rouge, Foundation Antoine de Galbert in Paris, and La Gaia Collection in Busca (northern Italy). Recent solo exhibitions include “and the ship sails on” at the Fondazione Pescheria - Centro Arti Visive in Pesaro, Italy; "no one knew what anyone else was doing” at CAB, Grenoble, France; and "crystallize" at the Franco Soffiantino Gallery in Turin. He lives and works in Milan.
Andrea Mastrovito has exhibited in the M.A.X.X.I. museum in Rome and the Centro Pecci in Prato among many other institutions in Italy and has had numerous solo shows in Europe and the U.S. His work was exhibited in one man shows this spring at the Foley Gallery and at the Pulse Art Fair, both in New York.
Alice Cattaneo’s spatial interventions carry an idea of vulnerability through meticulous gestures that play out in a dimension between stasis and chaos. As in these unbalanced architectures in her videos, her actions put in motion chains of micro-moments that simultaneously defy gravity and explore areas of structural instability. The images she creates are, in their bare simplicity, fragments that explore complexity through specific actions. Both in the video and in the architectural interventions the logic is that of the stage machine. In the theatre, the machine should vanish behind the stage, but here it shows itself openly.
Cattaneo studied at the Glasgow School of Art and at the San Francisco Art Institute. Recent solo exhibitions include: Galleria Suzy Shammah, Milan (2008); MADRE Museum, Naples (2008); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2007); and Analix Forever, Geneva (2006). Recent group exhibitions include Italics, Italian Art between Tradition and Revolution, 1968-2008, Palazzo Grassi, Venice, and MOCA, Chicago (2009) and Fragile, Terres d’Empathie, Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne (2009).
During the residency in New York, Cattaneo’s research will investigate two different experiences of urban reality: The Arcades Project by Walter Benjamin, a philosophical vision of the 19th Century in Paris, and the Russian Utopia Museum, a virtual archive containing 480 unbuilt architectural prospects. Identifying New York as a polymorphic context where it is possible to relocate connections between experienced and imagined situations, she will focus on the idea of the fragment and the urban landscape as visions of an imaginary space suspended between reality and the theater.
Film & Video
An artist from Bologna, Tesi presented a screening of her film entitled “The Glass Movie/Film di vetro” at the Italian Academy.
Tesi's objective in creating “The Glass Movie” was to create a film of infinite length, adding scenes over time, a succession of paintings made of light.
Painting, Drawing & Video, and Sculpture
Born in Italy (Foggia, 1986), he lives and works in Berlin.
Agostino Iacurci studied Visual Arts and Etchings at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome.
His practice embraces a wide range of media, including painting, mural, sculpture, drawing, and installation. Iacurci combines his artworks with scenographic spaces to transform the perception of given environments. Starting from specific topics like the use of colors in the ancient and classical world, he questions issues of traditions and identity, investigating the process of idealization underlying historical myths and their impact on the collective imagination.
His work has been shown in solo exhibitions including, Tracing Vitruvio,Musei Civici, Pesaro (2019); Gypsoteca , M77 Gallery, Milano (2018); Trompe l’oeil, Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City (2017).
Recent group shows include: Talent Prize 2019 , Mattatoio, Roma (2019), Graffiare il presente , Casa Testori, Novate Milanese (2018), Urban Art Biennale, Völkinger Hütte, European Centre for Art and Industrial Culture, Germany (2017), Cross the streets , Museo Macro Roma (2017); FADA, House of Madness, The Watermill Center, New York, (2016); 16° Premio Cairo, Palazzo della Permanente, Milano (2015); Codici sorgenti, Palazzo Platamone, Catania (2015); From Street to Art, Italian Cultural Institute of New York (2015).
His works have become landmarks for several public and private institutions such as: Yakutsk Biennale, Yakutia (2017), BBDO headquarter, Southbank, London (2017); Distrito Tec University, Monterrey, (2016); Govind Puri Metro Station, New Delhi (2016); Istituto Mario Penna, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Puerto Rico's Stadium, Puerto Rico (2015); “Le Tour 13”, Paris (2014); Besançon University Campus, Besançon (2013); “Fubon Art Foundation”, Taipei (2012); Saba School in Western Saharawi (2011).
He is the recipient of Premio New York – ISCP (2020).
Photo Credit: Lorenzo Palmieri