Artissima, the International Contemporary Art Fair in Turin, combines a double mission: a high-level market offer and a cultural offer capable of exploring new and different ways of presenting art outside the fair. Artissima’s artistic and cultural offer extends to the city thanks to an intense programme of special projects outside the fair in collaboration with partners and local institutions.
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Thanks to the fair’s relationships with Fondazione Torino Musei, main partner Intesa Sanpaolo, as well as Gruppo UNA and illycaffè, Artissima is spreading across the city of Turin with three curated invitational projects and an exhibition: So will your voice vibrate, three sound interventions that will animate specific areas of the GAM, MAO and Palazzo Madama; Collective Individuals, a film and video project produced in dialogue with the recently opened Gallerie d’Italia – Torino; Tempo rizomatico (Rhizomatic Time), an exhibition project by Italian artist Diego Cibelli (Naples, 1987) conceived for the Salone delle Feste of the historic Principi di Piemonte | UNA Experiences; Diana Policarpo. Liquid Transfers. illy Present Future 2021 Prize Exhibition, the solo exhibition of the winner of the illy Present Future Prize of the last edition of Artissima at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo.
So will your voice vibrate @ GAM, MAO and Palazzo Madama
The fair’s collaboration with the museums of the Fondazione Torino Musei will continue. For Artissima 2022, under the title So will your voice vibrate, three sound interventions will be created special areas of the GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea with Riccardo Benassi (GALLERIA ZERO. …, Milan), the MAO Museo d’Arte Orientale with Charwei Tsai (galleria mor charpentier Paris, Bogotà) and the Palazzo Madama – Museo Civico d’Arte Antica with Darren Bader (Galleria Franco Noero, Turin). The works were selected by Luigi Fassi in collaboration with the directors of the three museums.
At GAM, Riccardo Benassi will present the original sound work Poeticizzare il deserto invece di sapere dove termina (2019-22). The piece was originally composed in 2019 as a temporary soundtrack for the shopping centre/concept store designed by Zaha Hadid for CityLife in Milan. Now it has been reworked by Benassi in the form of a sound sculpture whose presence in the GAM space works through the minimal force of a graphic sign. The audio track, a loop of 4 seconds, is made entirely with the artist’s own voice, through an unconventional way of using autotune, a choice that underlines the intermingling between the physical subjectivity of the vocal cords and the objectifying “correction” by the digital grid. The supple body of the soft speaker ideally overlays the bodily nature of the artist who created the sounds, in a technological duplication that seems to desire identification with the biological and even its transcendence into an absolute form. (From 3 November 2022 to 8 January 2023)
In MAO’s garden, Charwei Tsai will present the sound work AH (2011), a video installation commissioned years ago by The Esplanade, Singapore, which still resonates today thanks to the power of the tantric syllable Āḥ, meaning “I am with you”. Charwei’s work, which aims to promote a sense of inner peace and lightness in all of us, is quite simple: a modulation of the sound āḥ through different voices rippling on the surface of the water, on which the same syllable has been written in ink. The installation, in which the sound brings the work to life while the visual aspect supports it like a commentary, is part of the exhibition “Buddha “10 , which raises questions about many aspects of Buddhism and its representations. (From 20 October 2022 to 30 April 2023)
At Palazzo Madama, Darren Bader presents Antipodes: musical quartets (2013), a performative work with two musical ensembles interacting with each other: a string quartet and a four-piece rock band. The musical compositions are freely chosen by the players: a symphonic piece for the string quartet and a cover from the rock band’s repertoire. The musicians start playing at 10-second intervals and play until the end of their chosen composition. The aim of the performance is to create a kind of musical short circuit, as the musicians mingle with each other even though they are separated by a mutual distance of several metres. The work derives from metaphorical reflections on the meaning of antipodes, i.e. two points on the surface of the earth that are diametrically opposed and ideally connected by a straight line running through the centre of the planet. The scattering of Antipodes’ musicians in space suggests the fragmented vision of multiple points scattered across the globe, impossible to grasp with an overall view, yet actors in the same context. (The performance can be seen on 4 and 5 November at 11 am each day).Der Titel des Projekts So will your voice vibrate geht auf ein Gedicht von Dylan Thomas aus den den frühen 1930er Jahren.
Collective Individuals @ Gallerie d’Italia – Turin
Artissima and Intesa Sanpaolo, main partners of the fair for the third edition, present a film and video project by artists conceived and produced in dialogue with Gallerie d’Italia – Turin. Collective Individuals is a survey of video works by artists represented by the galleries participating in Artissima, many of whom are being presented in Italy for the first time. Curated by Leonardo Bigazzi (curator of Fondazione In Between Art Film and Schermo dell’arte), the project aims to offer a perspective on the contradictions of the present by showing a selection of works that encourage us to reflect on our role in an increasingly polarised society where inequalities and conflicts continue to grow. The ability of artists to capture these critical issues presents an opportunity to rethink outdated models and imagine new, more open and inclusive ones. The ability of artists to grasp these critical factors presents an opportunity to rethink outdated models and imagine new, more open and inclusive approaches. The selected works tell of bodies in precarious equilibrium that become territories of struggle, tangible evidence of the wounds and divisions of our time, but also masses of critical resistance that refuse to bow to the prevailing pessimism. The programme also shows the diversity of techniques used by artists in contemporary video practice: from low-resolution images taken with an old mobile phone to the most sophisticated techniques of digital image processing.
Featured artists and galleries include: Larry Achiampong (Copperfield, London), Yael Bartana (Raffaella Cortese, Milan), Jonathas de Andrade (Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Beijing, Les Moulins, Havana, Rome, Sao Paulo, Paris, Dubai), Alice dos Reis (LEHMANN + SILVA, Porto), Hiwa K (KOW, Berlin & Prometeo Gallery Ida Pisani, Milan, Lucca), Adelita Husny-Bey (LAVERONICA Arte Contemporanea, Modica), Cinthia Marcelle & Tiago Mata Machado (Sprovieri gallery, London). (The works will be on display at Gallerie d’Italia – Turin from 4 to 6 November from 6 to 9pm. Admission to the museum is free with the Artissima ticket).
Tempo rizomatico @ Principi di Piemonte | UNA Esperienze
Thanks to the renewed dialogue between Artissima and UNA Esperienze, a brand of Gruppo UNA, the Salone delle Feste at the historic Principi di Piemonte | UNA Esperienze hotel in the centre of Turin will host for the third time, in collaboration with Artissima, a contemporary art exhibition project entitled Tempo rizomatico, curated this year by the Italian artist Diego Cibelli of the Alfonso Artiaco Gallery in Naples. Working with ceramics, which he appreciates for its two-dimensional aspects, the material is on the one hand at the service of the work, and on the other hand it is a link and a product of the place from which it comes. In the magical ballroom, Cibelli will present an installation that sums up the fundamental values of his creative approach. The works on display – five obelisks and a totem called Totemic Obelisks – refer to the fireworks and courtly games that were typical of 18th-century festivities and to which the visitor is symbolically invited. For these works, Diego Cibelli drew on the designs of important Italian architects for wooden carousels and firework constructions. With the title Tempo rizomatico, the artist wants to emphasise that there is no difference between past, present and future time. The process of connections triggered by the progress of history is not divisible. In nature, the rhizome is a stem that grows horizontally slightly below the surface of the soil: it contains nutrient stores and can develop shoots and roots. It is a non-hierarchical structure made up of united but distinct nodes, making visible complex concepts that in turn overlap with multiple meanings.
Cibelli’s artistic research is strongly influenced by his background and springs from two fundamental factors: the virtuous scenario of the Italian landscape (seen as a widespread laboratory of know-how) and the magnificent archives that history has produced. For the artist, “the idea comes from ‘making with the material’, and in the making it finds the evocative potential that can reveal the connections and complexities of our time”. Cibelli focuses on the use of ceramics and porcelain, which become an open link to combine a variety of artistic techniques, visions and historical references. The latter are linked through a clever play of reactions, and in this accelerated mesh, past, present and future can coexist. (From 3 to 6 November from 1 to 9 p.m.)
Diana Policarpo. Liquid Transfers. illy Present Future 2021 Prize Exhibition @ Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo
On the occasion of Artissima 2022, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo presents Liquid Transfers, a solo exhibition by Diana Policarpo, winner of the illy Present Future 2021 Prize, the 22nd edition of the prize. Diana Policarpo’s project is a new production developed for the prize and conceived as a new stage in a broader path of research by the artist. This long-term investigation explores the relationships between the plant world and the social, political and economic spheres, transcending scientific and speculative realms.
In previous exhibition chapters, Policarpo has explored the political implications and medicinal and pharmacological uses of cordyceps, a fungus that grows in the larva of the Thiratodes butterfly.
In 2020, the artist began research on the hybrid parasite Claviceps purpurea – better known as rye spurge or ergot. Through this work, Policarpo has explored the intersections between the ancestral knowledge of traditional medicine, ethnobotany, uterine health and reproductive justice in light of the evolution of the patriarchal system. Liquid Transfers further develops the methods and research areas of these projects. The work consists of a new video installation based on the salvation of folk remedies, following the attempt to create a feminist mythology that combines psychedelia and health. Liquid Transfers reconstructs a scenario that combines biogenetics, gender politics and speculative fiction to depict the dynamics of natural resource exploitation and its impact on ecosystems and reproductive health. As with Policarpo’s previous projects, the artist’s interest aims to highlight the intertwining of practices of control, exclusion and natural and physical exploitation.
Diana Policarpo is a visual artist and composer who works with visual and musical media such as drawing, video, sculpture, text, performance and multi-channel sound installation. Policarpo explores gender politics, economic structures, health and interspecies relations through speculative transdisciplinary research. In her performances and installations, she explores the experiences of vulnerability and empowerment that come with being exposed to the capitalist world.
Thursday, 3 November 2022. 3:00 to 8:00 pm
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