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Young Curators Residency Programme

Every year since 2007 Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo promotes the Young Curators Residency Programme Torino. The project aims to support emerging curatorial practice while spreading knowledge of the Italian art scene on an international level.

Young Curators Residency Programme 2011 Curated by Stefano Collicelli Cagol

Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene d’Alba, Cuneo, Italy May 29 – June 26, 2011

To see an object, to see the light

To see an object, to see the light is an exhibition featuring work by a cross-generational group of Italian artists and thinkers, including fourteen current practitioners and several from the past—among them figures like Galileo Galilei, Alessandro Volta, Carol Rama, and Alighiero e Boetti—whose legacies both inform and enrich the contemporary works on display. Taking into account its site at a stately palazzo among rolling hills and vineyards, the exhibition will suggest the mind of a fictionalized and somewhat eccentric collector at work. This invisible figure—composed, inevitably, from the amalgamated tastes and concerns of the exhibition’s three curators—has amassed and arranged a selection of contemporary and historical artworks alongside objects from the scientific and natural world in a space that is at once a palace, a museum, and a laboratory. An important touchstone informing both the curatorial methodology and conceptual content of this exhibition is Joris-Karl Huysmans’s seminal 1884 novel À rebours. This literary work introduces the character of Jean Des Esseintes, an aristocratic aesthete who withdraws to a rural palace, intent on creating his own insular sanctuary of beauty and reflection. In Esseintes’s hermetically sealed interior, the symbolic power of objects and their perception become a foundation for new forms of belief. Yet while Huysmans’s novel elevates artifice to a kind of apotheosis, the objects and artworks on view at Palazzo Re Rebaudengo are more firmly rooted in reality. In this way, To see an object, to see the light seeks to demonstrate that empiricism and wonder are not in opposition, but intimately intertwined. At the exhibition’s core is an exploration of the interdependent notions of light and substance. Light, though immaterial, allows for the perception of the material world; the interplay of light against solid objects—the moon, for instance, or a mirror—is essential to vision. Works that take light as their source material or subject matter will therefore be displayed alongside others that emphatically assert their objecthood. In this way, both the totemic quality of materials and the physics of pure perception are evoked in an immersive installation that revels in sensuousness while still questioning the scientific causes at its root. This approach suggests a doubled understanding of vision as the source of both comprehension and imagination.

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Curators

Ginny Kollak

Ginny Kollak (New York, 1981) is a curator, writer, and editor specializing in contemporary art. She is the curator of exhibitions at the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art in Collegeville, Pennsylvania (USA). She studied art history and English at Williams College and received a master’s degree from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in 2010. From 2003–2008, Kollak worked at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York, where the exhibitions she curated dipped into topics as diverse as sleepwalking, furniture, and the iconography of stripes including Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History (2009), Dario Robleto: Alloy of Love (2008–9), and America Starts Here: Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler (2005). She received a MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. Most recently Kollak worked with the Stockholm-based artist duo Goldin+Senneby to produce a new episode of Headless, their ongoing project using strategies of fiction to investigate the shadowy realm of offshore finance, which included a research headquarters at CCS Bard and a mini-symposium co-organized with Rhizome and presented at the New Museum. She has published essays in the journal Alphabet Prime and the Tang exhibition catalogues Lives of the Hudson and Twice Drawn.

Pavel S. Pyś

Pavel S. Pyś (Roma, 1986) is an Australian-Polish curator and writer, based in London. Since 2011 he has been working as curator at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds (UK). He completed a MSc in Culture & Society at the London School of Economics & Political Science, with a thesis focusing on site-specific art and participation in relation to the Brodno Sculpture Park initiated by Pawel Althamer. Recently he has been assisting Matthew Darbyshire and completed the MFA Curating course at Goldsmiths College, London. He has curated exhibitions in London and Copenhagen and has recently contributed to Frieze, Art Monthly Australia, Australian Art Collector and This is Tomorrow. IN 2011 he won the first annual Curatorial Open at the Zabludowicz Collection.

Pádraic E. Moore

Pádraic E. Moore (Dublin, 1982) is a writer, art historian and curator. Moore graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in History of Art and English literature in 2004 and produced several exhibitions and projects before and while completing his MA in Visual Art Practices at IADT from which he graduated in 2007. The various facets of Moore’s practice are unified by his subjective but rigorous approach to excavating art historical narratives. Moore worked as exhibitions curator at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane from 2009 to 2010 and he participated at the postragraduate programme Curatorlab at Konstfack, Stockholm. Selected recent endeavours include: A Modern Panarion, group exhibition featuring Dorje de Burgh, Derek Jarman, Gunilla Klingberg, Bea McMahon, Richard Proffitt, Garrett Phelan, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane (2014); Temple of Psychic Youth, group exhibition at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery (2012); After The Future, solo exhibition by Marcus Coates, E.V.A. Biennial (2012); Conclave, solo exhibition by Agne Raceviciute at Galleria Collicagreggi, Catania (Italy, 2012); Nevertheless, Faith is in the Air Publication/Performance at Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2010), Maradona 2 for 4, an Exhibition by Cullinan and Richards at the The Lab Gallery, Dublin (2010); Aion Experiments, a group exhibition at Project Arts Centre Dublin (2010); Sunday Night, a solo exhibition by Aleana Egan at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin (2009); Whispering Pines, an exhibition by Shana Moulton at the Broadcast Gallery, Dublin (2009).

Coordinator

Stefano Collicelli Cagol

Stefano Collicelli Cagol (Padova, 1978) is the curator of La Quadriennale di Roma and since 2018 he teaches at the Master in Design for Arts, Polytechnic of Turin. He graduated in 2002 in Conservation of Cultural Heritage at University Ca Foscari, Venice. In 2014 he earned the PhD at the Royal College of Art in London with a thesis on the history of thematic exhibitions of contemporary art in Italy between the 30s and 50s. His career as a curator began in 2003 at Castello di Rivoli – Museum of Contemporary Art for the exhibition The Moderns curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev. Between 2004 and 2006 he covered the role of assistant curator at Villa Manin – Center of Contemporary Art, Passariano (UD). In 2011 he was assistant curator for the exhibition A Geographical Expression. Unity and identity of Italy through contemporary art, produced by the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, where he worked among others with Victor Man, Johanna Billing, Isabelle Cornaro, Markus Schinwald, Andro Wekua and Ibon Aranberri. From 2010 to 2013 at Fondazione Sandretto he coordinated the residence for young curators and contributed to the design and teaching CAMPO – Course for curators. At the ninth edition of the Premio Furla, 2012, he nominated with Bart Van Der Heide, curator of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the winner Chiara Fumai. Through these projects it has deepened the situation of the Italian art system and the knowledge of young art. In Italy, as an independent curator he worked at Castello di Rivoli – Museum of Contemporary Art, Rivoli-Turin; Artissima, Turin; Palazzo Grassi, Venice; GAM – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Torino; Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice and Marino Marini Museum, Florence. He also collaborated with international institutions such as Kunstmuseum Trondheim, where he is Curator at Large from 2015 and where he presented the works of artists: Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Sidsel Meineche Hansen; LUX Artists’ Moving Images, London; steirischer herbst festival, Graz; VAC Moscow and Venice; by_vienna curated the festival, Vienna and Art-O-Rama, Marseille. He has published several academic articles on the history of exposures and his articles have appeared in Stedelijk Studies, Domus, Mousse and Flash Art.

Artists

  • Agne Raceviciute

    Agne Raceviciute was born in Klaipeda, Lithuania, in 1988 and lives in Milano, Italy and Venezia, Italy, where he works as an artist.

    Posa 01/02, 2011
    Photographic print mounted on panel , 130 x 90 cm (left)
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Alek O

    Alek O. was born in 1981 in Buenos Aires. She lives in London.


    Corkscrew, 2010
    Brass
    8,5 x 6,1 x 0,5 cm
    Courtesy of the artist

    Il conico, 2010
    Steel
    15 x 11,6 x 1 cm
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Alessandro Sciaraffa

    Alessandro Sciaraffa was born in 1976, Torino, Italy, where he lives and works.

    Natività, 2010
    Liquid crystal, mother of pearl shell, steel, lamp , 60 x 90 cm
    Courtesy of Cardi Black Box Gallery, Milan, Italy

  • Alighiero Boetti

    Alighiero Boetti was born in Torino, Italy, in 1940. He died in Roma in 1994.

    Contatore, 1967
    Collage on silkscreen, 44 x 62 cm, Private collection

  • Carol Rama

    Carol Rama was born in 1918, Torino, Italy. She died in 2015 in Torino.

    Pissoirs, 2005
    Mixed media and bycicle inner tubes on framed map, 106,5 x 117 x 4 cm
    Private collection, Turin

  • Chiara Camoni

    Chiara Camoni was born in 1974, Piacenza, Italy. She lives and works between the Apuan Alps of Tuscany.

    Senza Titolo #13, 2010
    Oil on canvas, wood, lamp , 45 x 45 x 55 cm, (Installation view at Marino Marini Museum, Florence) Courtesy of the artist and SpazioA, Pistoia, Italy

  • Diego Marcon

    Diego Marcon was born in 1985, in Busto Arsizio (VA), Italy. He lives and works in Milano, Italy.

    Storie di fantasmi per adulti, 2010
    Video, MiniDV, colour/sound, single channel video projection, 16'22''
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Francesco Barocco

    Francesco Barocco was born in 1972, Susa, Torino, Italy. He lives and works in Torino.

    Untitled, 2010
    Clay sculptures, spray paint on photographs, 165 x 40 x 35 cm, Courtesy of the artist and Norma Mangione Gallery, Turin, Italy

  • Francesco Gennari
    Francesco Gennari was born 1973 in Fano, Italy. Lives and works in Pesaro, Italy and Milano, Italy.

    Autoritratto come eclissi di sole, 2010
    Epson print on 100% cotton paper, 26 x 39 cm
    Courtesy of the artist and Galleria ZERO, Milan

  • Giovanni Giaretta

    Giovanni Giarretta was born in 1983, Padova, Italy. He lives and works in Amsterdam.

    Moon, 2009
    Shaving mirror, clamp, battery-powered LED torch, sodium chloride, dimensions variable
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Isola and Norzi

    Isola and Norzi were born in 1976 in Turin where they live and work.

    Platonic Acquarium, 2010
    Plexiglas and marine sponge, 120 x 120 x 120 cm
    Courtesy of the artists

  • Linda Fregni Nagler

    Linda Fregni Nagler was born in 1976, Stockholm. She lives and works in Milano, Italy.

    A life on the Ocean's Wave, 2010
    Photographic installation, dimensions variable
    Courtesy of the artist and Monica de Cardenas Gallery, Milan

  • Luca Francesconi

    Luca Francesconi was born in Mantova, Italy, in 1979. He lives and works in Mantova and Paris.

    Untitled, 2006
    Mix media on paper, 105 x 75 cm Courtesy of Umberto di Marino Galley, Naples, Italy

  • Marco Basta

    Marco Basta was born in 1985, Milano, Italy, where he lives and works.

    Giardino, 2010-11
    Felt-tip pen on felt, 320 x 346 cm Courtesy of the artist

  • Mario Ciaramitaro

    Mario Ciaramitaro was born in 1985, Castelfranco Emilia (MO), Italy. He works between Modena and Venezia, Italy.

    Peter and Peter talking with Norman, 2010
    Copper basin, water, two fans, light bulbs, wiring, 160 x 160 cm, Courtesy of the artist, (Installation at Night Target Practices, Corte San Marco, Venice)

  • Natural specimens


    Natural specimens
    Regional Museum of Natural Sciences, Turin and the Collection of the Museum of Comparative Anatomy, University of Turin

  • Pietro Fogliati

    Pietro Fogliati was born in 1930, Canelli, Asti, Italy. He died in 2016, Torino, Italy.

    Proiettore per cromocinetismo, 1972
    Projector, rotating disk
    Courtesy of Martano Gallery, Turin, Italy

  • Salvatore Arancio

    Salvatore Arancio was born in 1974, Catania, Italy. He lives and works in London.

    Shasta, 2011
    Projector, rotating disk
    Courtesy of Martano Gallery, Turin, Italy

  • Scientific instruments


    Collection Museum of Phisics, University of Turin

Jury

Chus Martínez

Chus Martínez (Spain, 1972) has a background in philosophy and art history. Currently she is the Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design, Basel, Switzerland. Before she was the Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York, and dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department and Member of Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008–11), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08), and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain (2002–05 ). For the 51st Biennale di Venezia (2005), Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus, and in 2008 she served as a Curatorial Advisor for the Carnegie International and in 2010 for the 29th Bienal de São Paulo. During her tenure as Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein she curated solo exhibitions of Wilhelm Sasnal among others; and a series of group exhibitions including Pensée Sauvage and The Great Game To Come. She was also the founder of the Deutsche Börse Residency Program for international artists, art writers, and curators.

Marc-Olivier Wahler

Marc-Olivier Wahler (Switzerland, 1964 ) is an international curator, contemporary art critic and art historian. He has been selected as inaugural guest curator for the 2015 Audemars Piguet Art Commission. He is the founder and current director of Chalet Society, Paris, the former director of Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2006 – 2012), the former director of SWISS INSTITUTE, New York (2000-2006), the founding director of CAN, Neuchâtel (Switzerland) (1995 – 2000), and the founding editor of PALAIS Magazine. As an art critic, Marc-Olivier Wahler regularly writes on contemporary art and its theoretical problematic in international magazines, academic books and exhibition catalogues. His most renowned publication is the art encyclopedia From Yodeling to Quantum Physics in 5 volumes. His conferences in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North and South America primarily focus on the forms of the exhibitions, the ontology of the works and the effect of the language used in the art world. During the last twenty years, Marc-Olivier Wahler has organized over 400 exhibitions – principally as museum director/chief curator, but also as a free-lance curator – in São Paulo (Brazil), Buenos Aires, Zurich, Lausanne (Switzerland), Biel (Switzerland), Geneva (Switzerland), Paris, Dijon (France), Marrakech (Morocco), Madrid, Torino (Italy), Lisbon, Coimbra (Portugal), and Los Angeles. In 2011, he was decorated as a Chevalier in the French Republic ‘s Order of Arts and Letters. In 2013, Wahler was awarded the Meret Oppenheim Prize, Switzerland’s highest cultural award in the contemporary arts.

Teresa Gleadowe

Teresa Gleadowe (London) is a curator, writer, and editor with extensive experience in contemporary visual arts, both nationally and internationally, and Chair of Nottingham Contemporary. She was a member of the Furla Prize 2015. She worked for the Visual Arts Department of the British Council, London, and the Tate Gallery, London, as head of information. In 1992 she joined the academic staff of the Royal College of Art, London, to develop and lead the curating course. She was head of the Curating Contemporary Art department until the summer of 2006, when she left the college to work freelance. From 2006 to 2012 she was Research Consultant and Series Editor for the Exhibition Histories series published by Afterall. She has also taught on curatorial programmes at California College of the Arts, San Francisco; de Appel, Amsterdam; the London Consortium MA Film Curating; the MA Curating at Chelsea College of Art and Design; and on the Curatorial Intensive run by Independent Curators International in New York in July 2011. She has co-convened two conferences with Kitty Scott for the Banff International Curatorial Institute and a symposium, On Remoteness in March 2013. She is a member of the Advisory Board of PEER, a member of the ICA’s Artists Advisory Committee, a specialist adviser to The John Lyon’s Charity and a member of AICA and ICOM. She is also Chair of CAST (the Cornubian Arts & Science Trust), a new charity based in Helston, Cornwall (UK), created in 2012.

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