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 2015 Curated by Lorenzo Balbi

Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin 10 September – 11 October 2015

The man who sat on himself

Since you were a child you’ve been constructing your own reality. You collected fragments of the world, built castles from sand and played out the stories from your imagination.
The older you got, the weaker your grip on fantasy became, and the tiny thread that tethered your dreams to your hands became frail and perhaps disappeared.
Today you are reminded of the concrete reality of life at every impasse. You see it most clearly in the built environment, in infrastructure, in habitations, and in the chairs in which you sit. The physical world coerces and corrals. By touch and instruction, it teaches you how to be in the world, how to act, and what shape to take. It is the fodder of fantasy but also the structure to which your reality is anchored. Each of the artists in this exhibition have found ways to circumvent the iron pillars of reality, by becoming the architects of their own mythologies.

Riccardo Arena traces the epic journey of a mystery enigma across the landscape of his metaphysical environment, while Matilde Cassani pulls the ceiling down to the floor in tendrils and tendons that conceal and connect. Throughout the space Tomaso De Luca’s choreographed arrangement of panels play with the absence of a single protagonist.
In remembrance, a flickering light bulb speaks of the inventions and misadventures of Riccardo Giacconi’s great-grandfather. As a means of interpreting and reconfiguring the artists’ ideas, Matteo Stocco re-imagines the exhibition through visualising alternative spectres of space, creating a potentially infinite sequence of digital possibilities.



Angelica Sule

Angelica Sule (UK, 1984) is a curator based in London, whose practice focuses the use of performance and sound as object in exhibition making. She graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2014, and she has previously worked at the University of the Arts London and Gallery Primo Alonso, London. Her recent projects include: Nail’d It (Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK, 2014); ECHO Radio (RCA, London, 2014); … all silent but for the buzzing … (RCA, London, 2014); A Limited Engagement: Performance Series (UAL, London, 2012; A Thousand Years: Martine Feipel & Jean Bechameil (UAL, London, 2014).

Kate Strain

Kate Strain (Dublin, 1983) pursues a curatorial practice through event and exhibition making. Currently Acting Curator at Project Arts Centre, Dublin (Ireland), Strain has worked both independently and in an institutional capacity in Ireland and internationally. In 2014 she completed de Appel Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam. Strain holds an MA in Visual Arts Practice from IADT Dun Laoghaire, and a BA in History, and the History of Art and Architecture from Trinity College Dublin. Recent exhibitions include The Centre For Dying On Stage #1, a group exhibition and expanded public programme at Project Arts Centre, Dublin; Father, Can’t You See I’m Burning? co-curated by participants of de Appel Curatorial Programme, de Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; and Tonight, you can call me Trish, co-curated with Rachael Gilbourne under the aegis of their joint curatorial practice RGKSKSRG, at the LAB, Dublin (as part of Dublin City Council Emerging Curator Award 2014). On-going and upcoming projects include On Curating Histories – a research-based generative lecture series supported by an Arts Council Project Award, the first public iteration of which will unfold in 2015 at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (as part of MA Art in the Contemporary World); Performance as Process – a short curatorial residency at Delfina Foundation, London; and a 9-month residency at studio 468 (Common Ground, Dublin) set to culminate in a solo exhibition with Irish artist Emma Haugh at NCAD Gallery (curated by RGKSKSRG).

Zsuzsanna Stánitz

Zsuzsanna Stánitz (Hungary, 1988) holds a Master degree in Curating Contemporary Art from Royal College of Art, London, and in Communication and Media Theory from the Institute of Art Theory and Media Studies from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. While studying at Royal College of Art she worked in the Exhibitions Department at Calvert 22 Gallery, London, which is dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art from Eastern Europe; and up to the beginning of her studies as assistant curator in Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest. Her recent projects include the exhibition Controlled Visions (2012) as a reference to the social housing issues after the red mud flood in Devecse (Hungary) and organising a round-table discussion on Hungarian cultural politics for Calvert 22 Gallery’s discussion series Archive As Strategy (2013). Zsuzsanna’s MA dissertation at Royal College of Art focused on the connection of performance art and architecture understood as ‘performance architecture’. Being interested in socially engaged contemporary architecture practices and their curatorial challenges she will start her PhD research under the supervision of Dr. Andres Lepik at TU Munich in Fall 2015. Zsuzsanna currently works in the United Kingdom, Germany and Hungary.


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.


  • Matilde Cassani

    Matilde Cassani was born in 1980 in Domodossola, Italy. She lives and works in Milan, Italy.

    WELCOME, 2015
    Dimensions variable
    Courtesy of Maurizio Elia

  • Matteo Stocco

    Matteo Stocco was born in 1986 in Venezia, Italy, where he lives and works.

    Showthesizer, 2015
    Website design: splash screen

  • Riccardo Arena

    Riccardo Arena was born in 1979 in Milano, Italy, where he lives and works.

    VAVILON, 2015
    Courtesy of Maurizio Elia

  • Riccardo Giacconi

    Riccardo Giacconi was born in 1985, San Severino Marche, Macerata, Italy. He lives and works in Lyons.

    Controvena, 2015
    Courtesy of Maurizio Elia

  • Tomaso De Luca

    Tomaso De Luca was born in 1988 in Verona, Italy. He lives and works in Milan.

    Behind the Curtain, I am the Curtain, 2015
    Dimensions variable
    Courtesy of Maurizio Elia


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.

Stefan Kalmár

Stefan Kalmár (1970) is the current director and curator of Artists Space, New York, where he has also been the executive director since 2009. He has held previous positions as director of Kunstverein München, director of the Institute of Visual Culture, Cambridge (UK) and curator of Cubitt Gallery, London. He took part as member of jury at the Turner Prize 2014. Exhibitions he has curated include The Secret Public, The last days of the British Underground 1978-1988, Institute for Contemporary Art, London (2007); Oh Girl It Is a Boy, Kunstverein München (2007); Tranzit, Bratislava (2007); I Really Should…, Lisson Gallery, London (2005); and Cognition Control: From the Archive of Stephen Willats, Institute of Visual Culture, Cambridge (2002). He is also co-editor of Be Nice, Share Everything, Have Fun (Verlag der Buchhanlung Walter König, Köln, 2009 ) which is a survey of the four previous years of exhibitions at the Kunstverein Munich.


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