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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 2021. Coordinated by Michele Bertolino

Palazzo Re Rebaudengo, Guarene, Cuneo, Italy. 14 May - 24 July, 2022

Camminiamo sul ciglio di un istante

Opening: May 14, 2022

5–5:30 pm: Elena Radice performs Cantilena retorica per un futuro luminoso (canone libero per coro diversamente funzionale) with Noemi Radice and Qoro, Torino’s queer choir

>5:45–6:30 pm: Industria Indipendente activates Klub Taiga

Camminiamo sul ciglio di un istante, the exhibition of the sixteenth edition of the Young Curators Residency Programme, brings together eleven Italian artists who employ characteristics of the carnival to imagine, create, or critique temporary utopias. They disturb the galleries of the Palazzo Re Rebaudengo with defiant laughter, chaos, and collectivity, creating spaces that encourage the subversion of traditional norms and hierarchies of society. These finite interventions, much like the carnival itself, momentarily suspend normativity and provide release from conformative states of being. The exhibition takes its title from a drawing by Lisa Ponti, which suggests the fleeting sensation of teetering on the brink of something new. The exhibition considers how the habitual repetition of gestures can bring meaningful change. Camminiamo sul ciglio di un istante thus creates a constellation of ephemeral experiences and spaces as strategies of relief and resistance.

Lisa Ponti, through her drawings, and Elena Radice, through her sound-based practice, create space for the ineffable by collaging images, texts, and sounds culled from everyday activities. These artists allow access to generative interstices and unspoken understandings, finding new and optimistic possibilities within the status quo. Roberto Fassone reimagines the structures that underlie our daily lives by infusing banal situations with his own idiosyncratic logic. Dispersed throughout the Guarene galleries, Fassone presents a series of artworks in disguise that create unlikely and playful encounters. The work of Piero Gilardi and Effe Minelli explore how art can be used as a prop in challenging social institutions. Together in the space of the gallery, Gilardi and Minelli defy normalised ways of being through performance and revelry. Enrico Floriddia and Industria Indipendente create moments of collectivity through their reading and performance-installation practices. By defining new parameters for being together, these artists ask participants to reconsider their position in relation to others, centring abundance within shared spaces. Cleo Fariselli transforms the gallery into an immersive environment that leaves the viewer inert amongst moving fragments of light. Fariselli relishes the contradictory sensations of this experience, celebrating the expansive and multiplicitous while underlining the risk inherent in escapism. Enej Gala and Federico Tosi collapse binaries by rendering the grotesque and profane with delicately crafted imagery. Casting aside typical rules and etiquette, Gala and Tosi construct new realms of existence that critique current society. Allison Grimaldi Donahue utilises comic poetry as a form of release. By rewriting and queering a mediaeval text, Grimaldi Donahue inserts herself into mediaeval literary tradition and transgresses its hierarchical, and sometimes misogynistic, implications.

The artists in Camminiamo sul ciglio di un istante create encounters with the carnivalesque to temporarily suspend customary norms, providing moments of relief from within the banality of daily life. Mindful of the limitations of this model, they seek to understand how art can hold space for both celebration and rebellion, and how one can sustain these ideals in the face of reality.

A publication produced in collaboration with Oreri accompanies the exhibition. It contains a curatorial essay alongside a range of visual and text-based contributions from artists in the exhibition. 

Curators

Sukanya Baskar

Sukanya Baskar is a curator and researcher, with a focus on photography and moving image. Her practice, involving graphic design, spatial design and curatorial research has evolved alongside archives. She has worked on a number of magazine and book design projects including Witness / Kashmir 1986–2016 / Nine photographers, featured on the New York Times’ list of Best of photobooks of 2017. As a researcher, she has been with organizations such as the Museum of Art and Photography, Bengaluru, Alkazi Foundation for the Arts, New Delhi, Light Industry and the UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, New York. Her current research involves studying the overlapping histories of photography and magazine culture in India. She is a graduate from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and the Center for Curatorial Studies, (CCS) at Bard College, New York.

Shaelyn Hanes

Shaelyn Hanes is a San Francisco-based curator and writer whose work explores the radical potential of communal imagination. She has supported curatorial projects at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art. From 2016 to 2019, Hanes oversaw the finances and operations of Creativity Explored—a nonprofit studio and gallery for adult artists with developmental disabilities. She is currently Art Collections Coordinator at Zlot Buell + Associates, an art advisory firm specializing in contemporary art. Hanes earned an MA in Curatorial Practice at California College of the Arts in 2021 and a BA in Interdisciplinary Field Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010.

Eunice Tsang

Eunice Tsang (she/her) is a curator, artist, researcher and journalist based in Hong Kong. She founded and curates Current Plans (previously known as Present Projects), an experimental art space that encourages cross-disciplinary dialogues through exhibition-making. Previously, she set up the Asian Artist Book Library in Tai Kwun Contemporary, focusing her research on independent publishing in Asia and modes of creative distribution. Her curatorial interests lie in how artists develop new languages and symbols in times of political change, and how to maneuver the liminal space between legal and illegal, fact and fiction – using magic-realism, sarcasm, humor and myth-making.

Coordinator

Michele Bertolino

Michele Bertolino (he/him) is a curator and researcher living between Turin and Rome. He currently collaborates with Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo as coordinator of the Young Curators Residency Program and curator of the public program for Verso. He is editing the publication Porpora – a photographic book on Lina Pallotta’s work. In 2020 he was visiting lecturer in the LAB.ZONE PETROLIO, class led by Lili Reynaud-Dewar at HEAD Genève. From 2018 to 2021 he worked as social content creator for Fondazione La Quadriennale di Roma and assistant curator of the 2020 Art Quadriennale FUORI, at Palazzo delle Esposizioni. Between 2018-2019 he was Junior Curator at The Institute of Things to Come with which he continued collaborating in 2020-2021 as curator of the research project Guerrilla against the Unceasing Hostilities of the Livings. In 2016 he founded with Bernardo Follini, Giulia Gregnanin and Sebastiano Pala, the curatorial collective Il Colorificio. He graduated in philosophy of art at the University of Turin and in 2015-2016 he participated in CAMPO15, a course of curatorial studies at Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.

Artists

  • Cleo Fariselli

    Cleo Fariselli was born in 1982, Cesenatico. She lives and works in Turin.

  • Roberto Fassone

    Roberto Fassone was born in 1896, Savigliano. He lives and works between Florence and Polsesanne.

  • Enrico Floriddia

    Enrico Floriddia was born in 1984, Catania. He lives and works in Catania.

  • Enej Gala

    Enej Gala was born in 1990, Ljubljana. He lives and works between London, Venice and Nova Gorica.

  • Piero Gilardi

    Piero Gilardi was born in 1942, Turin. He lives and works in Turin.

  • Allison Grimaldi Donahue

    Allison Grimaldi Donahue was born in 1984, Middletown, Connecticut (U.S.A). She lives and works in Bologna.

  • Industria Indipendente

    Erika Z. Galli (b. 1983, Civitavecchia; lives in Rome) and Martina Ruggeri (b. 1986, Civitavecchia; lives in Rome) began Industria Indipendente, a research collective dedicated to the performing and visual arts, in 2005.

  • Effe Minelli

    Effe Minelli was born in 1986, Naples. He lives and works in Naples.

  • Lisa Ponti

    Lisa Ponti (1922-2019, Milan)

     

  • Elena Radice

    Elena Radice was born in 1987, Milan. She lives and works in Milan.

  • Federico Tosi

    Federico Tosi was born in 1988, Milan. He lives and works in Milan.

Jury

Antonia Alampi

Antonia Alampi is currently the director of Spore Initiative in Berlin. Her professional practice as a cultural organizer, curator, and director, has been defined by working collaboratively with artists and professionals from different fields and backgrounds, and within rather small-scale socially sensitive, politically engaged and structurally vulnerable organizations. She has been the artistic co-director of SAVVY Contemporary from 2016 to 2020, in the curatorial team of sonsbeek20-24, curator of Extra-City Kunsthal from 2017 to 2019, and curator of Beirut in Cairo from 2012 to 2015, among other things that go further back in time. She co-founded projects with strong positions, erratic lives and little to no funding, such as Future Climates (with iLiana Fokianaki), or Toxic Commons (with Caroline Ektander and Simone Müller, a.o.). Within and outside of institutions she has curated or been involved in many types of cultural and artistic projects, researches, movements, publications and actions pursuing social, political and environmental justice and supporting nonconformist forms of reading and interpreting the earth and its lives that have often been historically repressed or erased. She occasionally teaches, writes essays, edits books and talks in public. She is the mother of a girl and lives in Berlin.

Zoé Whitley

Dr. Zoé Whitley is Director of Chisenhale Gallery in London’s East End. A leading non-profit space founded by artists, Chisenhale produces and commissions new works of art with emerging British and international artists. Previous exhibitions to her credit include Frieze London’s special themed section, Possessions (2020), co-curating Elijah Pierce’s America at the Barnes Foundation (2020), the British Pavilion presentation of Cathy Wilkes at the Venice Biennale (2019) and co-curating the award-winning international touring exhibition Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power. She writes widely on contemporary artists and 20th century designers, including children’s books on Frank Bowling and Sophie Taeuber-Arp. She collaborated with Sharna Jackson on the Thames & Hudson book for young readers, Black Artists Shaping the World (2021).

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