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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 2016 Curated by Lorenzo Balbi

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin 14 May – 16 October 2016

Passo Dopo Passo

Passo Dopo Passo seeks to examine diverse – both historical and contemporary – artworks and artistic practices that reflect on the status of movement, openness and enclosure, fear and expectations. The exhibition is linked to an Italian perspective – that of a country with an intrinsic relationship to questions of migration. From a historical point of view, the Mediterranean peninsula has been shaped by violent invasions, followed by waves of emigration and immigration, leading to a complex dynamics of different identities and diverging ideologies.
Shifting ahead to the sixties, seventies, and eighties, works by Carla Accardi, Luigi Ontani, and Salvo represent a later generation of Italian artists. Their practices each reveal diverging conceptions of and reactions to reality, but share a common aesthetic vibrancy, and even playfulness. In their work, we see the conceptualization of alternate realities and social spaces. For instance, Salvo’s collection of drawings on stationary paper from different hotels resonates with his research on the Mediterranean landscape as both a place of idealization and refuge, while simultaneously recording the artist’s own movement.

Stepping forward into contemporary practices, the work of Vanessa Alessi, Elisa Caldana, Collettivo Fernweh, Nicolò Degiorgis, Cady Noland, and Turi Rapisarda illustrates a continuation of these themes and furthers the engagement with social space, movement and locality. In relation to issues of migration, the vision of horizon plays a central role. The view of the ocean or the mountains in paintings, photographs, and videos, is a visual symbol rich with cultural connotations, revealing the hopes, projected by the individual and society, as well as the limits. Our perspective is denied by what we cannot see – expectations are subverted or never realized. Such a sense of beyond, often representing a desired future, is fraught with illusion and uncertainty. Although not immediately visible in the works, the depiction of the landscape shifts from idealized to clinical and generic portrayals.

Other works, such as Cady Noland’s Corral Gates (1989) or Vanessa Alessi’s W-HOLE (2014–ongoing), point to the constructed limitations and borders of space. The site of the exhibition is demarcated by Alessi’s transparent flag. Fixed atop the roof of the institution, W-HOLE (2014–ongoing) presents the attempt to delineate space while evoking personal and spatial identities.

Drawn from the collection at FSRR, Cady Noland’s installation entitled Corral Gates underscores the architectural mediation of space and of the body. The viewer encounters the scene and must pass through metal gates, those typically used to confine livestock. Bullets and a bridle are slung over the partially opened gate, suggesting violence that has occurred or is about to. Has the victim been subjected to this particular violence or have they just escaped perhaps? Noland’s installation harkens back to Depero, and his optimistic journey to New York, documented in the diaristic traces and doodles, a sort of concrete poetry, of his 1931 manuscript, New York Film Vissuto: Primo Libro Sonoro. Noland’s Corral Gates echo the disillusionment that Depero eventually found with New York, ultimately precipitating his shift to and embrace of fascism.

While the exhibition is not presented chronologically, it instead presents the objects in their autonomy and reflects, in part, our brief passage, as three curatorial residents at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, through Italy.

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Curators

Tenzing Barshee

Tenzing Barshee (Basel, 1983) is a writer and curator. Until recently he organised exhibitions at wellwellwell, a non-profit gallery funded by the Applied Art University, Vienna. Before that he worked as an associate curator at Kunsthalle Bern. He co-founded the temporary exhibition and event space Elaine at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel. His last monographic exhibitions he organised with Rochelle Feinstein (Centre d’Art Genève, Switzerland – with Fabrice Stroun), Margaret Honda (Triangle France, Marseille, France) and Shirana Shahbazi (Kunsthalle Bern – with Fabrice Stroun). He is a regular contributor to Starship magazine and one of the editors of Wandering magazine.

Molly Everett

Molly Everett is a curator and writer based in New York. Her curatorial and research interests frequently follow artistic practices as they evolve in response to specific sociopolitical factors, both regionally and as part of an international art discourse. From 2013-2014 she participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program as a curatorial fellow, co-organizing Common Spaces at The Kitchen, New York. She currently works for the LUMA Foundation, assisting with exhibitions and projects in New York, Arles, and Zurich. Independently, she is co-curating Learning Public(s) at Bennington College’s Usdan Gallery in Vermont, opening 2016. She is involved with several book projects in a research and editorial capacity, helping to realize a range of publications, including artists’ books as well as exhibition catalogues. In 2012, Everett earned her B.A. in the History of Art from UC Berkeley.

Dorota Michalska

Dorota Michalska (Warsaw, 1988) is a curator and art historian based in Warsaw and Stockholm whose practice focuses on the political dimension of contemporary art. She worked at the Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, from 2012 to 2015 as an assistant curator focusing on polish films from the 60’ and 70’. In 2015 Michalska completed CuratorLab, a nine months curatorial research fellowship at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, led by Joanna Warsza. Her last project include a film screening Extremely Loud, Incredibly Close (SALT Beyoglu, Istanbul, 2014) and a group exhibition Through a Glass, Lightly (Tensta konsthall, Stockholm, 2015). She is a contributor to several polish art magazine such as Obieg, Szum and Dialog. Michalska was resident of the Curatorial Program for Research: Eastern and Northern Europe in October 2015. Currently she is working on an exhibition project on queer archives in the former Eastern bloc before 1989.

Coordinator

Lorenzo Balbi

Lorenzo Balbi (Torino, 1982) is the artistic director of MAMbo – Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna. He graduated from Ca’ Foscari University, Venezia with a BA of Fine Arts and Preservation of Cultural Heritage and from the University of Torino with an MA in Contemporary Art History. His texts and articles were published by several reviews and magazines, including: Il Giornale dell’ArteInside ArtArtribuneMousse, La StampaExibart, ATP DiaryIl Giornale dell’Architettura. He was artistic director at Verso Artecontemporanea Gallery, Torino, an exhibition space devoted to research on emerging artists from South-East Asia. He was part of the board of Nesxt, Indipendent Art Festival, curator of the Live Program for DAMA, the new experimental fair for emerging international galleries, and curator of the Pomilio Blumm Prize, a prize for contemporary artists promoted in collaboration with Magnolia and Sky Arte HD. Since 2007 he has worked as an assistant curator at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. Among his curated shows: Neve chimica (Casa Olimpia, Sestriere, Italy, 2012); Riikka Kuoppala. La casa di biscotti (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2013); Thomas Teurlai. Europium (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2014); Stanze/Rooms (meCollectors Room, Berlino, 2014); Pierre Michelon. Parole e angurie (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2015); Spin-Off (Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Quito, 2015); Daniel Frota. Irrealis Mood (Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino, 2016). After working for the project as an assistant to former coordinators Ilaria Bonacossa (in 2009) and Stefano Collicelli Cagol (in 2011 and 2012), in 2005 he became curator and coordinator of the Young Curators Residency Programme.

Artists

  • Carla Accardi

    Carla Accardi was born in 1924, Trapani, Italy. She died in Rome in 2014.

    Rosso Giallo, 1968
    Paint on Sicofoil, 139 x 69 cm
    Courtesy private collection, Torino

  • Vanessa Alessi

    Vanessa Alessi was born in 1979, Palermo, Italy. She lives and works in Berlin.

    W-HOLE [Roof of Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino], 2016
    Steel, transparent oliskin, 400 x 150 x 8 cm
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Elisa Caldana

    Elisa Caldana was born in 1986, Pordenone, Italy. She lives and works in London.

    Cage for Migratory Bird, 2015
    Painted iron
    Courtesy of the artist

    The Island Behind the Horizon, 2015
    Offset print on paper, 100 x 141 cm
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Nicolò Degiorgis

    Nicolò Degiorgis was born in 1985, Bolzano, Italy, where he lives and works.

    PEAK, 2015
    Artist book, 90 photos, 16 x 24 cm, each
    Courtesy of the artist and Rorhof, Bolzano, Italy

  • Fortunato Depero

    Fortunato Depero was born in 1892, Fondo, Trento, Italy. He died in Rovereto, Trento, in 1960.

    Esercizi di lingua inglese, 1928-30
    Ink on paper, 32 x 25 cm, each
    Courtesy of Mart, Archivio del ‘900, fondo Depero

    Untitled [Letter from New York], 1928-30
    Ink on paper, 34 x 20 cm
    Courtesy private collection, Turin, Italy

  • Collettivo Fernweh

    Collettivo Fernweh started its activity in 2015, Pordenone, Italy. The collective is composed by Mattia Balsamini -Pordenone, 1987-, Lucia Del Zotto -Pordenone, 1988- and Gabriella De Domenico -Pordenone, 1988-. They live and work in Pordenone and in Venezia, Italy.

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    Elementi Utili, 2015
    Hand made book, 96 pages, perfect bound with 8 stitched, plastic inserts, multiple formats with white uncoated paper, black uncoated paper with whit ink, gray uncoated paper, 17.5 x 23.5 cm
    Courtesy of the artists

  • Luigi Ontani

    Luigi Ontani was born in 1943, Vergato, Bologna, Italy. He lives and works in Roma.

    InveroSiMILE, 1999-2000
    Wooden mask with paint, ceramic and mother of pearl, 60 x 30 x 20 cm
    Courtesy of the artist

  • Turi Rapisarda

    Turi Rapisarda was born in 1954, Catania, Italy. He lives and works in Torino.

    Auto da fé, 1996
    Gelatin silver prints, 44 x 29 cm, each
    Courtesy Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin, Italy

  • Salvo

    Salvo was born in 1956, Leonforte, Enna, italy. He died in Torino, Italy in 2015.

    Untitled
    15 drawings on hotel paper, various dimensions
    Courtesy of Archivio Salvo, Turin, Italy

Jury

Beatrix Ruf

Beatrix Ruf (Germany, 1960) is currently the Artistic Director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and she was appointed Director/Curator of the Kunsthalle Zürich in 2001. Previously, she had been Director/Curator of the Kunsthaus Glarus, and curator at the Kunstmuseum Thurgau, Warth (Switzerland) between 1994 and 1998. Since 1995 she has been Curator of the Ringier Collection. She has organised exhibitions, written essays and published catalogues on artists such as Jenny Holzer, Marina Abramovic, Peter Land, Liam Gillick, Urs Fischer, Emmanuelle Antille, Angela Bulloch, Ugo Rondinone, Richard Prince, Keith Tyson, Elmgreen & Dragset, Monica Bonvicini, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Pierre Huyghe/Philippe Parreno: No Ghost just a Shell, Rodney Graham, Isa Genzken, Doug Aitken, Wilhelm Sasnal, de Rijke/de Rooij, Rebecca Warren, Carol Bove, Oliver Payne & Nick Relph, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sean Landers and many others. Among her last exhibitions, she curated the solo show Avery Singer, Pictures Punish Words, at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Torino (Italy) in 2015.

Pierre Bal-Blanc

Pierre Bal-Blanc is an independent curator and director of CAC Brétigny, Brétigny-sur-Orge (France). Since 2003, echoing the societal thought of Charles Fourier, he has run the Phalanstère Project, a series of site-specific proposals aiming at critical rethinking of the logic behind accumulation of art works. His exhibition sequences La monnaie vivante (The  Living Currency) (CAC Brétigny / Micadanses, 2005–06; Stuk Leuven, 2007; Tate Modern London, 2008; MoMA Warsaw and Berlin Biennale, 2010) and Draft Score for an Exhibition (Le Plateau, Paris; Artissima, Torino, Italy; Secession, Vienna, 2011 – Index Stockholm, 2012; catalogue Draft Score for an Exhibition, NERO Publisher Rome, 2014) negotiate the current and historical analysis of the body and the strategies related to performance in visual arts. The three chapters of Reversibility (Frieze Art Fair, London, 2008; CAC Brétigny, 2010; Peep Hole, Milan, 2012 – catalogue Reversibility, Mousse Publishing, 2012) reflect on the consequences of the art object’s materiality upon the configuration of the cultural domain’s protagonists, as well as on the role and shape of the cultural institution today. The Death of the Audience (Secession, Vienna, 2010; catalogue Ver Sacrum: The Death of the Audience, Verlag Niggli AG Sulgen/Zurich, 2011) reveals the processes of emancipation and alienation taking place in the interstice between the figures of the artist and the spectator. He is currently preparing Soleil politique, an exhibition for Museion, Bolzano (Italy) that will continue his exploration of the forms and responsibilities of museums, their daily activities, and their relationship with the city. In January 2014, he contributed the foreword to the Center’s “Questions of Practice” investigation into restaging and reconstruction.

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